Report: CANCAS Undergraduate Workshop

NC Wesleyan College hosted the Undergraduate Research Workshop of the Collegiate Academy of the NC Academy of Science (CANCAS) on Saturday, November 3rd. At the Workshop, students interacted with peers from diverse backgrounds, scientific disciplines, and institutions. Students from NC Wesleyan College, NC State University, Campbell University, Wake Technical Community College, and Nash Community College attended the event.

The Workshop featured a panel discussion and breakout sessions! Panelists included Ph.D. students from various disciplines, including Genetics, Physics, and Chemistry. Dr. Greg Burhman, the coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Biochemistry Master’s Program at NC State University, also joined the panel, along with Erin Helbling, the Director of Admissions of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. In the breakout sessions, undergraduates explored various relevant topics. For example, Dr. Jason Emory (Pfeiffer University) led a workshop for students on how to develop their resume/CV and interviewing skills. Dr. Karen Guzman (Campbell University) taught students how to design and deliver effective scientific oral and poster presentations. Dr. Meredith Rowe (Gardner-Webb University) facilitated her attendees’ scientific writing skills. And, Drs. Heather Louch and Daniel Elias (NC Wesleyan College) helped students explore the role and value of diversity and inclusion in science.

CANCAS thanks NC Wesleyan College for hosting this successful event! We’re also grateful to the fantastic panelists and breakout facilitators for their time, and most of all the students for their on-going passion for scientific progress! If you would like to learn more about CANCAS or get involved, please contact one of our co-directors or student officers! We hope to see everyone at the NCAS Annual Meeting in March!


Dr. Karen Guzman shares tips on how to give great scientific presentations at the workshop.