Plenary II:
Serving 21st century STEM students: Building a global research/education environment

Plenary II: Panel
Serving 21st Century STEM Students: Building a Global Research/Education Environment for Learning

Friday, November 14, 2003
4:15 - 4:15 pm

Convenor:
Carol Bender, Director, Undergraduate Biology Research Program and Biomedical Research Abroad- Vistas Open Program

Panelists:
Eric Yip, Undergraduate Student- University of Arizona
Joe Quiroz, Director of Education- Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Elwira Sliwinska, Associate Professor & Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Cytometry, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding- University of Technology and Agriculture (Bydgoszcz, Poland)

Science is global and the scientific method is a means used universally to address problems. Yet understanding the cultural context in which scientific problem solving occurs is vital. This panel includes individuals with different perspectives on internationalizing the undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. Panelists include a Polish scientist, an American undergraduate, the director of education at a science museum, and an American university administrator. Each will present his/her rationale for internationalizing the undergraduate STEM experience for both American and foreign students. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to participate and share their ideas. This panel will keep us attuned to what is important about our international focus.