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Student Spotlight

Environmental Studies Major Eli Livezey Wins Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship 
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GardenClub LogoMontgomery College student Eli Livezey was awarded the Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship. The award aims to encourage students to pursue careers in conservation by hands on field training, experience protecting the treasured resources of America’s national parks. The scholarship helps the Student Conservation Association to expand its apprentice crew leader program into America’s National Parks. Congratulations, Eli!

2016-2017 Germantown Student Leaders Chosen

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Student leaders for the Germantown campus for the 2016-2017 are as follows:

Student Senate: Aranje Sripanjalingam, President; Andrea Nunez, Vice President, Evelyn Martinez, Secretary, and Allison Kraft, Treasurer.
: Towo Edun, Rhiley Farenthold, Leo Sena, Edelmira Sevilla, and four more students will be selected from new students in the fall.
FYE Student Ambassadors
: Darlene Banson, Jasper Deen, Towo Edun, Lisbeth Gomez, Andrea Nunez, Mj Robinson, Leo Sena, Edelmira Sevilla, Shani Smith-Augustin, and Arzo Zamani.

Congratulations to all student leaders!

Engineering Students Design MRI Helmet

Engineering Students MRI Helmet

Engineering students designed a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Helmet as part of their final course project for Introduction to Engineering, taught by Professor Monica Mallini. The device is designed to perform the functions of a full-sized MRI but in a smaller, mobile form. Producing such a helmet for use in health care settings would cost $75,000 to $100,000, a fraction of the price of a normal, full-sized MRI machine, which retails for two to three million dollars. The student-designed apparatus weighs only 30 pounds and has a variety of mounting options to suit any application. The MC student engineering team is starting to build a prototype which is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2017.

Chemistry Olympiad National Examination Held on Germantown Campus

Chemistry Olympiad

The Chemical Society of Washington held their Chemistry Olympiad National Examination on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 8 am-4pm in the Bioscience Education Center on the Germantown campus of Montgomery College.  Twenty one high school students took two written examinations and one lab practical.  Vivian Kruft set up, pre-ran and coordinated the lab practical portion of the exam with the regional examination coordinator Regina Cody.  The Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) is the local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).  This exam is under the auspices of the ACS and is developed by ACS. 

The U.S. team has been selected to participate in the 48th International Chemistry Olympiad in Tbilisi, Georgia, July 23 - August 1, 2016.  Joyce Tian of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA, (who took the exam on the Germantown campus) is a member of the U.S. Team Alpha Iota.  This is the second year in a row that a student from Thomas Jefferson represented the U.S. at the International Chemistry Olympiad.

MC Engineering Students at IEEE GlobeCom

Montgomery College Engineering Students at the IEEE GlobeCom Banquet. The students were From left to right,  Aranje Sripanjalingam (electrical engineering), Paul Kang (electrical engineering), Alexander Camacho (mechanical engineering), Fernando Piedra (bioengineering), Khalin Redding (civil engineering), Rachel Devers (electrical engineering), and Amevi Semodji (mechanical engineering).

Seven engineering students volunteered at IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, GlobeCom 2016 in Washington DC, and later attended the the IEEE National Capital Area annual awards banquet with their professor, Monica Mallini. The students were From left to right, Aranje Sripanjalingam (electrical engineering), Paul Kang (electrical engineering), Alexander Camacho (mechanical engineering), Fernando Piedra (bioengineering), Khalin Redding (civil engineering), Rachel Devers (electrical engineering), and Amevi Semodji (mechanical engineering). By volunteering for this event, the students were exposed to IEEE and its plethora of networks and services. The banquet occurred on April 2nd, and hosted a wide variety of activities. There was a math contest, short talks from cutting-edge researchers, and post-banquet socializing. The post-banquet socializing helped the students make connections with people in the field, and continue the conversation about the various advancements in the field.

A Record Number of MC Students Make Presentations at Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference
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A student at the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference Standing before their project.

The 2016 Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference was held at Notre Dame of Maryland University on March 4th and 5th. Twenty-three honors program students representing all three campuses presented their work at the conference with 21 students presenting papers and two presenting posters.

Amongst the record number of students were the Germantown Honors Writers’ Group. They are: Maria Alvarez, Benedict Kim, Mayana Berman, Jennifer Henderson, Lucie Sorelle Tchuinte Lekuikeu, Yechan Choi, Peter Winnard, Ricardo-Azcuena-Sandoval, Elizabeth Rice, Amanda Livingston, James Kennedy, and Tatyana Rudeneko.

Congratulations to all of our MC Students! 

MC Engineering Student Receives First STEM Scholarship from CFW

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WIB Scholarship Winner 

Jana Catuche, a first-year student studying engineering, was awarded the first Montgomery County Commission for Women (CFW) STEM Scholarship, an endowed scholarship for Montgomery College students on January 31. The award was presented at the groups' annual Women's Legislative Briefing at the Universities of Shady Grove.


The One Heart Project
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Students Audrey Awasom, Fiorella Rayme and Herwina Allyssa wanted to give back to the community. So the three Enactus students founded the One Heart Project to teach homeless women job readiness skills. On Wednesday, the project culminated with the awarding of certificates to 11 women who had completed the workshop series. 

The Office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen awarded the project a congressional citation.

The One Heart Project student project is sponsored by Walmart. Awasom, Rayme and Allyssa wrote a grant proposal and secured the $1500 Women's Economic Empowerment grant themselves. Then, over a period of two months, the One Heart team conducted workshops at the Montgomery Avenue Women's Center on resumes, interviewing skills, managing a budget and more.

Launch Workplaces donated space for the workshops and the English Department on the Germantown Campus helped to collect professional clothes for a dress for success workshop.

Student Organization Drives

During the fall semester, several student organizations sponsored various drives to help collect items for those in need.  The Black Student Union donated $529.68 and 8 large storage bins filled with food donations to the Salvation Army and Manna Food.  The Volunteer Club raised $311 which will be used to purchase toys for the Toys for Tots drive.  The Muslim Student Association collected 65 large trash bags of clothing and blankets for the Syrian refugees.  Thank you students, for making a difference in this community and around the world!

Senior Capstone Project Presented at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Alumnus Alex Petito, the first Montgomery College student to graduate from the Frostburg B.S. engineering program at Arundel Mills, and his classmates built a high altitude balloon from the ground up to develop a recoverable flight system that can serve as a platform for atmospheric measurements and experiments.   In May the team successfully flew and recovered the instrument package after a 3+ hour flight and presented their data and images from the flight to NASA at its Goddard Space Flight Center.  Clearly, Alex’s student capstone project was a huge success.

Two MC Students Spent Their Summer Working in Germany on Nuclear Physics Experiments
Two Engineering students, Daniel Albuquerque and Irina Koltsova, were selected through a competitive application process to travel to Mainz, Germany for the summer to work on nuclear physics experiments at the Mainz Microtron (MAMI) facility.  They were part of a six-student cohort from Montgomery College, George Washington University, NOVA and University of VA funded by the George Washington International Research Experiences (IRES) grant.

MC Students Volunteering at STEM after School Programs Excell Beyond the Bell Logo
Engineering students at Montgomery College participated in the Montgomery Engineering Ambassadors and Teachers Program by serving as teachers and volunteer teaching assistants at STEM after school programs offered at MCPS middle schools.  Funding for this program is provided through EXCEL Beyond the Bell, an initiative to optimize after school experiences for Montgomery County youth. 

Engineers Without Borders Partnering Internationally
The Montgomery College chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) worked with the DC professional chapter of EWB on projects in Hato Rincon, Panama and Santa Clara, El Salvador. They also participated in the International Conference in Panama City, Panama, and co-hosted the National Conference of EWB-USA in Reston, VA.

To hear more from our students, visit The Globe, the Montgomery College Germantown student newspaper.

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