On Wednesday, October 2, the SJS College Counseling Office hosted "Serious about Science: College Admissions in the STEM Fields." A panel of experts discussed the application process for STEM-related majors in college with students and their families. The panel included:
- Kathleen Voss, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of Admission at Georgia Tech
- Brianna Braswell, Assistant Director of Admissions at Lafayette College
- Capt. Russell Verby, JAGC, US Naval Academy Blue & Gold Officer
- Sterling Yates, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
"With the diversity of institutions represented, our students were given a valuable insight into the myriad pathways towards earning a STEM-related degree as well as the necessary steps to take now so they can be competitive applicants in the future," said Robert Harry, SJS Director of College Counseling.
Last year, 25 percent of the Class of 2019 chose to study engineering or science-related majors in college. With such a high level of interest, Mr. Harry, thought it important to host an event to educate families about the specifics of applying for STEM-related majors.
"I very much appreciated that the speakers addressed the importance of 'fit to major.' Saint James offers our students many opportunities to do this by way of our certified FAB Lab as well as independent research conducted alongside myself and Dr. Weibel," said Dr. Ian Brauner, Science Department Chair.
The STEM event was part of a series of events hosted by the College Counseling Office throughout the year to educate families on the college search and application process. Additional events include a financial aid presentation by a representative from Davidson College, a college essay workshop hosted by American University for seniors, and "The Admissions Game" with noted author and former Admissions Dean Peter Van Buskirk.