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Mentors Connect with STEM Students

June 2014
Tamera Rush (top right) was keynote speaker. Mentors and students engaged in conversations about careers, college and degrees.

Tamera Rush (top right) was keynote speaker. Mentors and students engaged in conversations about careers, college and degrees.

Area science and engineering professionals shared their career experiences and advice with highly motivated STEM students on March 25 as I95 BUSINESS hosted a second Adults Mentoring Students program. Over 40 adults contributed their time to 40 students, illustrating skills required for interviewing, conversing about career tracks and sharing business cards. An impressive group of students attended with broad STEM interests, including Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Biotechnology, and Engineering – Computer, Software, Civil and Mechanical. Sponsors from local engineering and defense contractor companies provided adult mentors who were a perfect match for the students.

Vicki Franz, Publisher of I95 BUSINESS, hosted the program, providing tips for networking, preparing for college and searching for local scholarships. Keynote speaker Tamera Rush, who recently launched defense contracting firm TANEX Technologies (see InBox), wowed the audience with her story. Rush explained that she followed a teaching career path in college, but earned a master’s in organic chemistry for added value. She quickly left teaching and through several career moves, made her way into the defense sector at APG. When she explained that “I get to blow things up,” the students were riveted.

Sponsors included AECOM, Booz Allen Hamilton, Chesapeake Environmental Management, Frederick Ward Assoc., GEO-Technology, James A. Price Ent., SAME (Society of American Military Engineers), UMD Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, and Women In Defense. I95 BUSINESS thanks Stan Childs for his energy and dedication to STEM students, and ensuring the event was successful. I95

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