On July 19, 2018, members of EpiFinder’s business team, Jessica Acosta, Smita Gopalakrishnan, Jing He, and Joe Son, attended the CSO Expo Event at Arizona State University. There, 70 middle and high school students gathered to explore their interest in STEM and network with professionals.
These students are Chief Science Officers, or CSOs. They strive to promote science in their schools in engaging and meaningful ways. These students came from local schools such as Horizon High School and Sonoran Science Academy, to schools in Mexico and Kuwait. Their interests were just as diverse as their backgrounds.
EpiFinder attended with a range of companies and institutions. These included Girls in Tech, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and ASU Center for Education Through Exploration.
Talking to Students
Our team was able to interact with the students by educating them briefly about seizures and epilepsy. We showcased our tool and methods in which we apply advanced technology to the healthcare industry. We also discussed their interests with our company and STEM fields.
Many students knew friends or family members who experienced seizures and/or epilepsy. They thought our tool could help them. Most of all, we were impressed by the professionalism and inquisitive nature of the students.
The EpiFinder team also reached out to teachers, student-led clubs, and other companies who were interested in educational opportunities our company could provide to students within their organizations.
A Wonderful Expo
Overall, this experience was an amazing opportunity to connect with a younger audience and encourage them to join STEM fields in their future.
“The CSO exhibit was invaluable to the world of technology and science,” Jessica remarked. “For instance, all of the people at EpiFinder were children at one point and were inspired to pursue a career in science and technology. These students are potentially the future of helping those diagnosed with epilepsy. I believe I speak for everyone when I say EpiFinder is grateful we had this opportunity to participate in this event.”
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Smita Gopalakrishnan, 7/31/2018