The 2021 EYH conference took place virtually over the span of two weeks consisting of speakers, workshops, demonstrations, and lab tours geared towards motivating young scientists to get involved in STEM. Under normal circumstances, the conference is held in person and utilizes a hands-on approach to accomplish its goals; this year was different. As the world pushed through a pandemic the conference organizers adapted and delivered another successful event.
This year the organizers utilized video conferencing platforms and video to present keynote speaker Dr. Susan Daniel, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University as well as an extensive lineup of workshops, demonstrations, and lab tours.
Katie Moring (CHESS Operation Manager) and Kate Shanks (CHESS Staff Scientist) shared their paths to CHESS, noting that "There is no one way to be a scientist, or an engineer, or a technician. We all have different strengths and success comes from working together."
Floriana Blanton (CHESS Outreach Coordinator) used video to show how you can isolate human DNA from cheek cells at home using common household items.
You can watch the rest of the presentations on the EYH YouTube channel.