On Thursday, April 18, 2013, the Heritage University (HU) Center for Native Health & Culture partnered with the HU Science Department, HU Admissions, and White Swan High School to host 97 guests at the 1st Annual EnvironMentors Research Symposium. The event was entitled “Celebrating the Next Generation of Environmental Scientists.” EnvironMentors is an after school program that is part of the National Council for Science and the Environment in which professional scientists from the community volunteer their time to mentor high school students one-on-one while conducting rigorous environmental research projects. White Swan high school students, together with their mentors, prepared posters detailing their research projects and presented them at the Symposium. Student posters were judged, with winners earning a trip to compete at the National EnvironMentors competition in Washington, DC later this year.
At the Research Symposium, HU President Bassett began the event with a welcome. HU student Haver Jim provided an opening blessing with Arlen Washines. HU EnvironMentors Coordinators, Dr. Jessica Black and Dr. Michael Parra introduced students, mentors and judges. Dr. Michelle Jacob introduced Phil Ridgon, who provided the Keynote Address. Mr. Rigdon encouraged the young scientists to keep striving in their education and to dedicate their careers to making a difference in their community. The HU Admissions Department provided the buffet dinner and, along with the Advancement Department and CNHC, several raffle prizes. Judging of the posters took place during dinner and after deliberations, the following winners were announced:
Elizabeth Johnston (11th grade), Katheryn Dick (10th grade) and Sabrina Sam (11th grade)
Honorable Mention: Most Creative Poster: Calista Spoonhunter (9th grade)
Certificates and small gifts were presented to all students who participated. We look forward to next year’s event! To see more photos from the event, please find us on Facebook, by searching “Center for Native Health and Culture.”