NCCC students receive National Science Foundation Awards

Northwestern Connecticut Community College's sign outside its main building on Main Street.
Northwestern Connecticut Community College's sign outside its main building on Main Street.
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WINSTED — In December, Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) students Renee Dunbar from Winsted and Kit Fitch from West Cornwall received National Science Foundation (NSF) ATE Student/Alumni awards.
According to NCCC Biology Professor Sharon Gusky, the two students were two out of 30 community college students who received the award.
They were chosen based on their work on the college’s NSF funded program “Engaging Students from Classrooms and Camps to College and Advanced Technical Careers.”
Their awards were given during the 27th National Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators Virtual Conference 2020, held in late October.
“The goal of the program is to introduce community college and school students to technology education,” Gusky said. “I am extremely proud of the work that they both did. It is very unusual for college students to do this caliber of work and to be allowed to participate in these experiences.”
Dunbar’s work included annotating the GemG GemG bacteriophage with Torrington High School students last summer.
Fitch’s work included creating a poster on the technical industry and education based on a study abroad trip back in January 2020.
Dunbar is a Natural Resources major, while Fitch is a Liberal Arts and Sciences major. Their presentations as presented to the NSF are below:

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