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NOVA-Manassas hosts successful Science Symposium

Assistant Dean of Science Ia Gomez welcomed presenters and attendees to the Science Symposium at NOVA-Manassas.

More than 150 people attended a Science Symposium Nov. 18 at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Presentations by researchers from the National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Georgetown University, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Bode Technology Group and CERES Nanosciences covered such topics as biotechnology, nanoscience, cancer research, bioinformatics, cell biology, neuroscience and forensics.

During the symposium, NOVA’s Biotechnology Program was highlighted several times, with a NOVA biotechnology graduate presenting the first talk and words of praise from speakers who have employed biotechnology students. Many opportunities for future partnerships such as internships, job opportunities and transfer options for NOVA students were discussed.

“The event provided enrichment opportunities for students and professional development for science faculty. It also established a connection between the science that is taught in our classrooms and research that goes behind the information in textbooks,” said event organizer Ia Gomez, assistant dean of science at NOVA’s Manassas Campus.

Prince William County Department of Economic Development and NOVA’s Office of Student Success sponsored the event and provided the networking breakfast and lunch. To learn more, contact Gomez at igomez@nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.