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Shaun McCann Works to Create STEM Opportunities for Youth


This summer, 25 students participated in the camp, with the first session running in June and the second in July. Researchers used the first session to determine any needed changes or adjustments to help the second group of students better grasp scientific concepts.

The campers conducted experiments in UGA’s genetics lab with doctoral student and lab manager Shaugnessy McCann (M.A.T. ’16, Ph.D. ’25) and learned how to extract strawberry DNA and collect samples of water from a turtle pond to observe under a microscope.

“Part of the camp was designed to support students seeing themselves in science,” says McCann. “Recognition as a scientist is so important, and we’ve seen them shift from not being interested in science and not feeling recognized in science to saying that they’re interested in science and in science careers.”


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