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Date: June 22, 2004 (04-60)

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Montgomery College Students Win at Scholar Competition in Pennsylvania
Beacon Conference Honors Top Research Among Two-Year College Students 

            Three Montgomery College honors students and their faculty mentor were recently honored for presenting outstanding research papers at Beacon 2004, a conference for student scholars at two-year colleges, held at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Montgomery College students Sinead Goldman, a Rockville resident; Sarah Megorden, a Gaithersburg resident; and Quesia Sousa, a Laurel resident, were among those recognized at the conference’s closing session and awarded a monetary prize, along with their faculty mentor, Dr. Rashidul Alam, a Montgomery College biology professor.

            Goldman’s presentation, “Can You Keep a Secret?: Privacy and the Individual in an Age of Technology,” took a look at the impact that technology puts on our personal privacy.  She researched the government’s laws designed to protect individuals, learning that technology is advancing more rapidly than legislation. 

Megorden researched genetically modified food, titling her paper “Cloned or Grown?  A Genetically Modified Future.”  She found that genetically modified foods account for a large share of the marketplace and, despite the controversy surrounding such food, she supports increasing production. 

The third Montgomery College winner at the Beacon conference, Quesia Sousa, researched man’s impact on the Amazon River Basin.  Her presentation, entitled “The Amazon and Homo Sapiens: A Virus Affair,” comes to the conclusion that the way to save the Amazon is to stop overexploiting its resources. 

The three student winners are also members of Montgomery College's 2004 class of Montgomery Scholars, an academically rigorous honors program for traditional age college students. 

The Beacon Conference is open to students enrolled at two-year colleges from Maine to Maryland.  Students from the participating colleges work with faculty mentors all year to develop a research paper in one of 18 fields, such as allied health, arts, business,  history, technology, natural sciences, education, and literature.  Papers that demonstrate quality scholarship and originality are submitted to the conference.  Only the top three in each field are selected to present their work at the Beacon conference. 

            Other Montgomery College students that participated in Beacon 2004 were Chris Holland, a Capital Heights resident; Michelle Kung from Gaithersburg; Olney resident Mona Lee; Germantown residents Chris Lynn and Victor Ontiveros; and Silver Spring resident Daniel Wungko

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