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NMC Sends Representative to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Conference (August 18, 2008)

Kagman High School student Terrence Duenas, who is part of a bridge program at the Northern Marianas College, recently participated in an off-island conference aimed at advancing students’ success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Duenas traveled to Hawaii last Thursday to represent the CNMI in the Second Annual Islands of Opportunity Alliance ” Louise Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (IOA-LSAMP) Conference. The LSAMP program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics bachelor degree programs. It also seeks to increase the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and transition into programs of graduate study.

“I feel very lucky to have been selected to participate in this program,” said Duenas before his departure to Hawaii. “I have always been interested in a career in Engineering so the conference will help me with achieving that goal.”

Although an incoming senior at Kagman High School, Duenas had been taking various classes at NMC to prepare for the trip to Hawaii, where students from Hawaii, American Samoa, Palau, and the Marshall Islands joined him.

The conference included several activities designed to enhance communication and strengthen inter-campus and inter-student relationships. Further, it showcased cutting edge student research activities and provided student attendees information on LSAMP programs and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics opportunities at the IOA-LSAMP 4-year institutions, and provided information about LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate programs. The conference ended with a cultural activity on Saturday night.

“Terence’s participation in this highly-prestigious program underscores his intellect and dedication to working and studying hard ” we’re all very proud of him,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez. “His selection is also testament to the quality of the academic programs and faculty we have at NMC.”

The conference was hosted by the IOA-LSAMP program and the Native Hawaiian Science and Engineering Mentorship Program (NHSEMP) at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, from August 14-16.

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