By Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
On April 23rd, the Urban League of Greater Hartford Young Professionals in Partnership with professionals from the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at UConn, Wesleyan University, Southern New England Association of Technical Professionals, and Capital Community College hosted the 1st Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematical (STEAM) Career Expo in downtown Hartford, CT. The STEAM Expo gave local students the opportunity to learn real world applications of math, science, and engineering and encourage students to pursue a career in the STEAM fields. The event was also designed to encourage students to enter the pipeline and eventually pursue careers in these fields, creating a diverse workforce of future leaders in STEAM.
Dr. Linda Barry, Assistant Director of CICATS, and several members from CICATS and the Institute for Regenerative Engineering (IRE) participated in the Career Expo. During the event, they shared their real research and clinical experiences with young people in Hartford. One of our missions is to ensure that young people in our community have mentors and to encourage them to pursue STEAM for their careers. IRE provides high-school and college students with numerous research opportunities in our laboratories. Each summer, we recruit students who are interested in medicine, dental medicine, engineering or biomedical research to participate in our research programs.
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