EDWARDSVILLE - The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is hosting “Fueling Fun” Biofuels STEM Workshops for area students and Girl Scouts on Friday and Saturday, May 4-5 at its facility on 400 University Park Drive in Edwardsville.

Twenty students from Coordinating Youth and Human Services’ Educational Enhancement Program (EEP) in Granite City will attend a workshop from 9 a.m.-Noon on Friday, May 4. Fifty Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will attend from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

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Funding for the workshops was provided by the SIUE Meridian Society, an organization of women dedicated to supporting a variety of SIUE programs, through a grant proposal entitled, “Solving the Quality Equation: Providing Hands-On Workshops in STEM.”

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“We’re excited to host these workshops to show our visitors how fun science and engineering can be and why careers in the biorenewables industries are important,” said NCERC Specialist of Commercialization Jackie Pohlman. “Not only will participants learn about biofuels and the bioprocess, but also they will have the opportunity to perform the fermentation process and create experiments that they can conduct at home.”

For more information, contact Pohlman at 618-660-5818 or jpohlman@ethanolresearch.com.

The NCERC is a nationally recognized center known for providing commercialization services to companies in the biorenewables industry. It is house in SIUE’s University Park and provides K-12 and higher education learning opportunities.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose to shape a changing world. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of nearly 14,000.

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