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Math and Science Center Student Presents Poster for National Science Foundation

March 30, 2007

It is very seldom that a high school student gets the opportunity to present in front of an audience full of college students, scientists, and academic scholars.  But Desiree Marmon, a Math and Science Center student and a senior at Eudora High School, had the opportunity to do just that when she presented a poster at the National Science Foundation’s site visit of the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS).

Desiree’s poster showcased her experience and what she learned in the CReSIS-sponsored Environmental Science course with an emphasis on the causes and ramifications of global warming.  Desiree took the course, along with other core courses, this past summer as part of the Math and Science Center Summer Institute.  Presenting in front of anyone, let alone people who are experts in their field, can be nerve wrecking and intimidating.  To be the only high school student present at the site visit can also exacerbate the situation.  However, Desiree handled the pressure like a professional and veteran as she calmly answered all questions with precision and authority. 

Presenting at this type of setting provided Desiree with invaluable experience and skills that she can carry to college and beyond.  More importantly, this experience has boosted her confidence and improved her public speaking skills, skills that are good to have in college.