October 3, 2018 Grantley Adams

WINSTED, CT – October 3, 2018 – Ashley Johnson, a biology major at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC), has been selected as one of fifty students in the country to attend the Advanced Technology Education Principal Investigators’ Conference on October 24-26, 2018. The conference is being held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, and is hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Ashley will be presenting a poster on the research that she did as part of the Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment Project and talking about her role in the “From Classrooms and Camps to College and Careers,” a NSF funded program that Northwestern has developed with the Torrington School District.  Ashley is working as a peer tutor at NCCC and as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) tutor at Torrington Middle School.

During her time in Washington DC, Ashley will participate in a breakfast discussion with the National Science Board (NSB), which serves as an apolitical advisor to the President and Congress on STEM policy issues. She will also be networking with representatives from various STEM industries.

Ashley will be formally recognized in a ceremony during the event and will participate in a special tour of the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum.

Ashley Johnson is a resident of Norfolk, CT.   She plans to transfer to Central Connecticut State University’s Bioscience program and pursue a career in science research.

For more information about the STEM programs at Northwestern Connecticut Community College or the NSF grant project, please contact Professor Sharon Gusky, sgusky@nwcc.edu.