For the first time ever, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) will host its annual Just Say KNOW educational summer camp virtually rather than on the school’s campus in Lewisburg.
The weeklong camp, whose theme for 2020 is “Neuroscience: Perception or Reality,” will take place June 15-19. The camp is open to ninth- through 12th-graders as well as recent high school graduates. There is no cost to participate.
Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. Camp materials will be structured around the five senses and how they help humans interpret their surroundings. Participants will discover how signals from our senses of vision, touch, hearing, smell and taste are converted to a language the brain can understand.
Crystal Boudreaux, Ph.D., an assistant professor in WVSOM’s biomedical sciences department and director of the Just Say KNOW program, said one of the advantages to hosting the camp online is the opportunity to reach more participants. Unlike in previous years, there will be no limit on the number of attendees for the 2020 camp.
“Housing, travel and space are limited when we’ve hosted Just Say KNOW on campus,” Boudreaux said. “A disadvantage of a virtual event is not being able to have the campers immersed in the WVSOM community for a week, but we’re working on ideas to showcase the institution virtually.”
Boudreaux said the camp will include interactive activities, virtual lectures and games that promote a greater understanding of the human sensory network. Participants will receive a list of household materials to gather at the start of each day, and will also learn about topics outside of neuroscience, such as health care careers, osteopathic principles and practice, and WVSOM’s Rural Health Initiative. The week will wrap up with a showcase that will be recorded so attendees can share their accomplishments with family and friends.
Prospective attendees must email an essay detailing their interest in the virtual camp to Karen Wines, a WVSOM biomedical sciences instructor, at email@example.com by May 29. The letter of recommendation from a teacher required in previous years has been waived.
Campers will need an Internet connection in order to participate. Instructions to access the activities will be provided to registrants after the May 29 application deadline.
WVSOM’s previous camps in the series include Just Say KNOW to Drugs!, Just Say KNOW to Infectious Diseases! and Just Say KNOW to Anatomy!
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The Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship (GSE) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are excited about our joint venture with Marshall University to provide an outstanding, free opportunity for our high school students that exemplifies our strategy to create small businesses to energize the economy of West Virginia. You may attend even if you have been to GSE before. The application deadline is March 30th.
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Do paid research this summer! The First2 Network offers a unique opportunity for current high school seniors who are first-generation college students or from an underrepresented group in West Virginia who plan to major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).
Apply today for a spot in our 2-week Summer Immersive Research Experiences sites at https://first2network.org/students/apprisingfresh
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If accepted, you will: A. Participate in an all-expenses paid (food, lodging) two-week STEM research internship in summer of 2020 (in most cases, July 2020). B. be awarded up to $600 and travel scholarship upon successful completion of the program.
Sites will be hosted at West Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University, Fairmont State University, the University of Charleston, WVU Tech, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, High Rocks and Green Bank Observatory.
Applicants must be high school seniors or nontraditional students preparing to go to college. Applicants especially encouraged to apply are: First-generation students (neither custodial parent graduated with a 4-year degree, even if siblings went to college or parents have some college); OR Underrepresented minority (STEM needs more women, more people of color, and more diversity!)
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On Friday, February 28th students at JMHS were treated to a presentation by 2012 JMHS graduate, Melissa Mathena. Melissa, also a graduate of Bluefield State College, spoke with the students about her experiences working in several different specialties as a registered nurse. Students were intrigued most by her current position as circulating nurse in the operating room. Approximately 70 students interested in the field of medicine attended the presentation.
The James Monroe Coburn Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 40 new members on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the JMHS Auditorium. To qualify, a student but have a 3.72 Grade Point Average, and complete an application for review by faculty committee that outlines how they exhibit scholarship, leadership, character and service.
Much to the delight of the audience, skilled bluegrass musicians Caden Glover and Evan Blankenship provided music for the celebration. Current members served cake and punch to the new inductees.
Those inducted include Seniors: Chase Craig, Faith Craig and Kadie Dixon. Juniors: Kylie Dunbar and Aliyah Mullins. Sophomores: Brianna Anderson, Elijah Amos, Lauren Ballard, Austin Coe, Sara Collins, Jacob Craft, Abby Craghead, Brooklynn Ellison, Jordan Feamster, Kasadee Ferguson, Anarya French, Maggie Friend, Emily Halstead, William Hiner, LIllian Jackson, Marisa Kelley, Kate Lankford, Xander Lewis, Isabelle Mann, Jakobey Meadows, Morgan Mills, Kendra Munsey, Evan Mustain, Megan Pendergrass, Shannon Phipps, Jamey Shrieves, Brianna Smith, James Sneddon, William Sneddon, Zoey Snider, Madison VAss, Olivia Vass, Nicholas Vaught, Ethan Weikle, and Kora Wransky.
February is dating violence awareness month. To help educate Monroe County youth about the dangers of dating violence, Kayla Vance, Monroe County STOP Advocate with the Family Refuge Center spoke with James Monroe High School students on February 13th, 2020.
Kayla also presented tips for keeping safe while using social media to connect in a relationship, and how to reach out for help when you feel you are in an abusive relationship. For more information, go to lovewhatsreal.com, or call the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 866.331.9474.
First Lady Cathy Justice announced the Create a Quarter for West Virginia contest in honor of Presidents' Day in February. This will be the sixth installment of the First Lady's Student Artist Series, an initiative that promotes the importance of arts within schools throughout West Virginia by hosting art competitions for students of varying age levels during special holidays.
For this contest, all 11th-grade students attending public and private schools in West Virginia are invited to participate. Eligible students are encouraged to study the history of Presidents' Day, celebrated in honor of George Washington's birthday, and then re-create the reverse side of our West Virginia State quarter in an artistic way.
Students are encouraged to use painting, drawing, and other art mediums to create the reverse of the West Virginia quarter. Students may also design the reverse sides of their quarters digitally. Quarter designs must include the following:
A copy of the design must be scanned and emailed to email@example.com by February 7, 2020. Along with the scanned copy of the quarter design, students must also include their name, school name, county, phone number, teacher name and teacher email. Gift cards will be awarded for winning designs.
If you have any questions, contact Katie Speece, or call the Office of the First Lady at 304-558-3588.