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OHIO STEM Day brings prospective students to campus Thursday

More than 200 science, technology, engineering, math or medicine students to attend

The OHIO STEM Day program welcomes high school sophomores and juniors to campus Thursday, April 17.

Hosted by Undergraduate Admissions in conjunction with faculty across multiple academic colleges and student service offices, this special visit day is designed for students specifically interested in studying science, technology, engineering, math, or medicine at Ohio University.

According to a report by the Center on Education and the Workforce, "eight million new jobs will be available in STEM-related fields by 2018."

As opportunities in STEM fields continue to grow throughout the state and across the country, the OHIO STEM Day visit program allows OHIO to showcase its top-notch collaborative curriculum in these fields of study.

"We are making a big effort to introduce these career paths to high school and transfer students early on so they can see that OHIO is a leader in STEM education," said Ohio University Admissions Advisor David Johnson.

Students and their families will have the opportunity to explore campus organizations and services at a resource fair, hear Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit speak on behalf of all the STEM programs available at OHIO, meet with academic departments, and tour labs and facilities. OHIO STEM Day participants also will have the chance to hear current students in the STEM fields talk about their experiences in a Q&A session and see the campus on a student-led walking tour.

"My favorite part of OHIO STEM Day is seeing the prospective students engage with faculty in the academic departments," Johnson said. "When they see a high-quality facility like the Edwards Accelerator Lab or project like the concrete canoe in the ARC, they develop a better understanding of what makes OHIO a great partner in helping them pursue a STEM career."