Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference (MCSC) is a collaborative effort of community colleges in Maryland to shine a spotlight on STEM and related areas. The Conference provides students, faculty and staff of community colleges a common platform for professional development, showcasing undergraduate research work, creating STEM awareness and opportunities to network with others. Partners from both high schools and four-year colleges are encouraged and welcome to attend as well.
Student Centered Keynote Presentation by Professor Arthur Shapiro
Visual Illusions: Studying the Strange to Gain Insight on the Ordinary
Professor Arthur Shapiro is Professor of Psychology and Computer Science at American University in Washington D.C.He is co-editor of the Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions (2017) and has won international awards for visual illusions he has created. His research primarily focuses on color and color contrast perception, motion perception, perceptual organization, and low-light-level vision but he is interested in any question that relates to how the brain constructs our perceptual world.
Faculty Centered Keynote Presentation by Professor Ashley Hagler
Professor Hagler serves as a Biology faculty at Gaston College. Professor Hagler led a team to partner with the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) project, funded by the National Science Foundation, to work with faculty in the Arts and Sciences division, and across the nation to incorporate undergraduate research into the community college classroom. At the heart of her own teaching practices is an emphasis on inquiry-based instruction and course embedded undergraduate research.