Jamie Hall and Afua Antwi-Boasiako set to represent Alcorn at the 2016 STEM Open House at Penn State

Alcorn State University seniors Jamie Hall and Afua Antwi-Boasiako have been presented the opportunity to learn key information about a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Jamie, an applied science major, and Afua, a biochemistry major, will be attending the 2016 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Open House at Pennsylvania State University Thursday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 16. The students will be in the presence of highly regarded Penn State faculty and staff, and will be able to get valuable advice about STEM careers and pursuing a master’s degree from the university.

This will be Jamie’s first time visiting Penn State. He looks forward to learning what the school has to offer while soaking up career and educational guidance from seasoned STEM veterans.

“It feels amazing knowing that I was chosen to attend the open house,” said Jamie. “I’m both nervous and excited about this opportunity. I hope to retain everything that I learn from this experience so that I can apply the knowledge to my future.”

Being one of two students selected from Alcorn to attend the open house is something that Afua is very grateful for. She intends to seize the moment.

“Being one of two Alcorn students selected to attend is truly a blessing,” said Afua. “This is a great opportunity that I will make sure to make the most of.”

The upcoming trip has Jamie considering Penn State as his next educational stop after earning a degree from Alcorn.

“Penn State is by far one of the best institutions out there. Their research and development are very impressive. I can say that it has peaked my interest. Maybe I’ll be able to call this institution my new home after graduating from Alcorn.”

Afua echoed Jamie’s sentiments about possibly attending Penn State for graduate school. She’s eager to see what the school has to offer.

“I look forward to familiarizing myself with Penn State. I can’t wait to interact with their instructors and students. I’m very excited about visiting a new environment.”

Jamie and Afua worked with Dr. Wandra Arrington, assistant director of the Honors Curriculum Program and coordinator of logistics for the trip, to prepare for the Open House. She applauds them for taking advantage of the opportunity to progress.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Jamie and Afua to enhance their biological science knowledge and network with other students and researchers in the field,” said Arrington. “Building relationships and exposure is the key to featuring our students’ growth.”

Dr. Thomas Sturgis, director for The Office of Pre-Professional Programs, said that the students’ upcoming visit is ideal for showing them and other students what graduate school at Penn State is all about.

“This campus visit will provide exposure to faculty, graduate students and facilities, thereby giving students a better feel as to what graduate school is all about,” said Sturgis. “In addition, it will showcase our outstanding students.”

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