CAER participates in Fayette Countys Experience Based Career Education (EBCE) Program for high school students, in which students go out into the workforce to gain experience. Our recent student, Amanda Napier wrote a note to her mentor, Aurora Rubel, stressing how important this experience was for her. She says, This internship has been very worthwhile and meaningful, and I have learned so much. It has also greatly furthered my interest in science and will help me in my college decisions. Before I came I wasnt heavily considering the science field, but because of the opportunity I had in working with you and the CAER, it is now a choice at the top of my list.
Sarah Mardon, an undergraduate in UK’s Dept. of Geology and a CAER student worker, under the mentoring of Jim Hower, was selected to present a poster at the state capital in Frankfort on February 6th. The poster was titled “Impact of coal properties on coal combustion by-product quality: Examples from a Kentucky power plant.” The event was hosted by Kentucky’s eight public universities to ensure that members of Kentucky’s House and Senate, as well as the Governor, understand the importance of scholarly research to academic programs. Having students talk to their representatives about their projects is an extremely effective means of helping legislators understand the importance of these educational opportunities.
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School student, Clair Anderson, presented a paper at the recent American Coal Ash Association meeting in St. Petersburg, FL. The paper entitled, “Mercury Distribution on CCPs as a Function of Particle Size and Type” was very well received. Clair has worked at the CAER since February, 2002. Students at this math/science magnet high school choose a research project and work with an organization to gain hands-on experience with science outside the classroom.