Abstract # 2172 Event # 13:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2007 10:30 AM-10:45 AM: Session 3 (North Main Hall F/G) Symposium

Dr. Charles T. Snowdon's Method of Raising Future Scientists

R. S. Roush
Sandhills Community College, Science Department, 3395 Airport Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374, Pinehurst , NC 28374, USA
     To ensure the future of basic scientific research, new scientists must be generated, who in turn, will produce future scientists. Also needed are future leaders for academic institutions. This study tested a method of producing both types of individuals. Graduate students, Homo sapiens, with potential and desire to head down the scientific pathway were acquired by Dr. Snowdon and were given the opportunity to learn and question. They were presented with challenges that stretched their minds and abilities. They were given the opportunity to fail or soar. This was accomplished through course work, participation in scientific studies and by putting these students in positions of leadership within the Snowdon lab. Students were also encouraged to interact with other researchers. Through these methods, successful scientists and leaders were produced. Past students from Chuck Snowdon’s lab are performing scientific research and shaping the minds of the next generation of scientists. They also hold leadership positions within their institutions. As examples, Dr. Traci Porter is teaching science students at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Dr. Rebecca Roush is teaching science students and is the Science Department Chair at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, North Carolina. These results support the conclusion that Chuck Snowdon was successful in his endeavor to produce bright, productive scientists and academic leaders.