Delaware County Community College Students Attend National Science Foundation Conference in Washington, D.C.
(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA - November 2, 2023)—Delaware County Community College students David Peterson and Rebecca Ludes were recently invited to attend the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Annual Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Scholars Meeting, which was held September 14 to 16 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Washington, D.C.
Peterson, a resident of Folcroft, and Ludes, of Media, were offered the opportunity based on their academic achievement at the College. Peterson is currently pursuing an associate degree in Mathematics/Natural Science and Ludes is pursuing an associate degree in Engineering.
The S-STEM Scholars Meeting was designed to help students connect with fellow scholars and potential employers, find research mentors and participate in professional development sessions. Attendees included undergraduate and graduate STEM students as well as faculty and program directors from colleges and universities across the country.
Peterson, an aspiring paleontologist, is also a recipient of the College’s Supporting Talent in Academic Recruitment for STEM (STARS) program. Upon graduating from the College, he plans to pursue a bachelor of science degree in paleontology at a four-year college or university. Also a STARS recipient, Ludes hopes to eventually pursue a degree in computer engineering at Drexel University.
In 2018 the NSF awarded Delaware County Community College a $650,000 grant from its S-STEM program (award number 1741847) to provide scholarships and support to qualified, academically talented, financially underprivileged students interested in STEM professions. Recipients must demonstrate dedication to achieving degrees in STEM majors and plan to transfer into a related bachelor of science program after graduation or seek employment in a STEM-related field. The STARS program is directed by Biology Professor Sandra G. Devenny, who was instrumental in helping the College secure the 2018 S-STEM grant.
Photo caption 1: David Peterson
Photo caption 2: Rebecca Ludes