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SPSUTeach students score summer internships

Jamie Garrett

APRIL 22, 2013 – Two physics students enrolled in the SPSUTeach program have landed internships that will enhance their preparation to become science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educators.

PhysicsQuest, a project of the American Physical Society (APS), selected Jamie Garrett to help teach physics concepts to middle school students who are registered in physical science courses by providing them with fun but educational tool kits. These free kits are also available to home school groups, science clubs and after-school programs.

Garrett, who will be developing extension activities to complete the core PhysicsQuest experiments and will also write teacher and student instructions for each activity credits her experiences with elementary- and middle-school students to date in the SPSUTeach program with setting her apart from other applicants for the PhysicsQuest internship.

“The UTeach program provided me with the background I needed to set myself apart from other applicants, and for that I am truly grateful," she said.

Meanwhile, Sam Parker has been chSam Parker, physics major in SPSUTeach programosen for an internship with the Georgia-based Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME), which strives to attract underserved and underrepresented minorities to the STEM fields.

This summer, SECME master teachers and interns will work with community members, educational institutions, educators and students in Daytona, Fla., to engage students in genuine learning experiences with STEM workshops.

SECME was established in 1975 by the engineering deans of six Southeastern universities to address the shortfalls in STEM talent in order to sustain an economy and the global leadership position that the United States enjoys. For more information on SECME, go to http://secmeinc.wix.com/secme

(photo of Sam Parker courtesy of Jeffrey Tucker)