Our t-shirts are here! If you're interested in purchasing one of the STEM U t-shirts, please stop by room 102D in the Science building. The small, medium, and large t-shirts are $16/each; the XL t-shirts are $18/each, and the XXL t-shirts are $20/each. The t-shirts have the STEM U logo, so come get a shirt and show your STEM U spirit!
For those students interested in improving their grades and in getting a good job after graduation, there are several upcoming workshops:
Professor Taleya Hurdle is joining STEM U to lead out in the Reading for Science Professionals training series. Her first workshop will be from 7-9pm on September 10th, in room 103 in the Science building. This workshop is designed for anyone wishing to improve their professional reading skills. Come early!
This year we have an exciting new program called STEM University (STEM U) designed for students majoring in the following STEM fields: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics. In this university within the university, science is champion!
For more information on this program, please check us out on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/STEMUATWAU), or contact Dr. Villanueva (email@example.com; 301-891-4462) or Mr. Randolph Robin (firstname.lastname@example.org). To be among the pioneers of this ground-breaking program, reserve your space in the program by completing this survey: CLICK HERE.
Welcome to WAU and STEM U, where science is champion!
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By Ms. Karrol-Lee Richards
In all my years being at Washington Adventist University (WAU), I have made it my priority to participate in each Service Day. Spring semester of 2013, I decided to not participate in Service Day which made me feel as though there was someone out there who was depending on me and I failed to help them. So, Wednesday, October 2, 2013, I made sure I was up and ready to do my part in Service Day although I tirelessly slept through my alarm. As a final year student at WAU, I made it my duty to participate in the “Takoma Park Emergency Food Pantry” activity along with a group of roughly 20-30 students.
Before arriving at the site, I had a mindset that told me, all there was to do at this site was pack a few bags and that would complete my day of service. Little did I know or think that there was more to the up keep of this program. Once the bus arrived at the site, we all exited the bus excited and ready to lend a hand to people in need. The director of the program came and greeted the group and told us what he needed assistance with. We were told he needed four groups, one group was to do data entry, the other group was needed for distributing flyers around Langley Park to inform people about the program, the next group was needed for making phone calls, and the last group was needed for packing bags.
I participated along with 15 other students packing bags. The majority of the bags that were packed contained a can of meat, a bag of pasta, a can of vegetables, a can of tomato sauce, and a can of fruit. After a while, people began to feel a certain way about the type of food that was being prepared for distribution. My response was, “be grateful for what you have. The people who receive this food are more than grateful for the meal they are receiving.”
Once I made that comment, I thought to myself, “Why do I complain about the food that is handed to me in the cafeteria on campus?” It was then I realized I learn a valuable lesson each time I participate in Service Day. This past Service Day I learnt to be thankful for what I have and for what I do not have. The director was grateful and elated for the work we completed. We packed over 500 bags, leaving absolutely no room to store them. My wish is that we have more than one Service Day a semester because it takes more than a day to help those in need.
The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness supports the mission of Washington Adventist University by seeking to provide a Christ-centered learning experience that fosters the growth and development of moral leaders prepared for service in science, technology, mathematics, wellness, and the health profession.
On Thursday evening, September 18, 2014, Ms. Shawntez Smith and Ms. Vallery Victor accompanied Dr. Joan Francis to a conference at the University of Maryland. The conference, "Health Across Borders: Migration, Disease, Medicine, and Public Health in a Global Age", included a presentation by Dr. Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States. After the presentation, both Ms. Smith (pictured below) and Ms. Victor were able to meet Dr. Satcher. Ms. Smith and Ms. Victor are senior biology majors at WAU.
Washington Adventist University is starting a new chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) – Future Health Professionals. As part of the planning for the new chapter, Ms. Vicki Rosette and Ms. Cherriese Thompson attended the 2014 National Leadership Conference from June 25 – 27, 2014 in Orlando, Florida where Ms. Thompson was selected to carry the Maryland state flag in the Parade of Nations in the Opening Ceremonies. The Opening Ceremonies can be watched at http://nlc.hosa.org/.
Ms. Thompson is a senior biology major who will be attending medical school in a year and embodies the 2014 theme: “The Future Starts Now”.
Ms. Thompson is the president of the new chapter, which will include both WAU and Takoma Academy, under the direction of Ms. Rosette (Respiratory Care) and Dr. Villanueva (Biology). Mr. Ro Puia is the president-elect, while Ms. Christina Rosette is the recorder. Additional officers will be chosen during the first meetings of the year. Come on September 8, 2014, to the first meeting to learn more details about HOSA – Future Health Professionals.
Registration is closed for Camp "Explore Your World"!
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Camp "Explore Your World" has been cancelled for the weeks of July 1 and July 8.
If you have any questions, please call 301-891-4462.
Camp Explore Your World, sponsored by the Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science departments, offers students ages 6 - 13 the opportunity to explore topics in biology, chemistry, physical science, math, and computer science in unique and exciting ways. The day camp runs from June 24 to July 12, Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm at Washington Adventist University. For information on registration fees, please see below, and check back soon to see what exciting topics students will be investigating each week!
Registration for the full day is $300 per week, while registration for the half day is $180 per week (the registration fee includes the lab fee). Before- and after-care is available by special request, with at least 24 hours advance notice.
Registration discounts may also apply:
Multiple children enrolled = $25 discount per additional child enrolled
Employees of WAU, WAH, GC, G.E. Peters = 25% discount
Registration for all four weeks of camp = 10% discount
The schedule each week will be as follows:
|1pm-4pm:||Math||Computer Science||Math||Computer Science||Computer Science|
The weeks of June 24-28 and July 8-12, the students will be investigating intelligence. The week of July 1-5, the students will be investigating camouflage, vision, and detection.
This summer we're also looking for student volunteers (ages 15 and up) to assist us. If you're interested in earning community service hours while getting to do science experiments and learn about computers, please fill out the WAU volunteer form; please remember that if you're under 18 years-old, a parent or guardian must co-sign your volunteer form. Please send the completed the volunteer application, to Dr. Melinda Villanueva:
Mail: 7600 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
For more information about the summer camp or the volunteer opportunities, please call 301-891-4663, or email email@example.com.
The camp registration forms are available as pdfs which may be mailed or faxed; once payment is received, your spot is reserved.