Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) was proud
to serve as the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS)
Gwinnett Regional Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair in which elementary, middle
and high school students showcased their research projects. The fair celebrated its
38th anniversary with participation from 97 schools including all 19 GCPS clusters,
three GCPS special entities and eight other non-GCPS schools in Gwinnett County.
More than 641 projects which had won first place at the local school level were on display. These projects, representing the creativity
and innovation of more than 819 students, were judged by Georgia professionals and
scientists, including GA-PCOM faculty and students, who assessed them on scientific
quality, accuracy, creativity and experimental design.
GA-PCOM judges included: Adwoa Aduonum, PhD; Angie Amado (PharmD ’18); Adrian Braithwaite
(MS ’16); Valerie Cadet, PhD; James Chapman (MS ’16); H. William Craver III, DO; Ariana
Daftarian (MS ’17); William Delp, DO, Jennifer Gooch, PhD, Elizabeth Hernandez MarAn
(MS ’17), Abby Hielscher, PhD, Michael Lee, PhD; Johnny Ly (MS ’16); Nancy McLaughlin,
MHA, DHSc, PA-C; Brittany Melvin (MS ’16); Ivette Moreno (MS ’17); Mary Owen, JD,
MS, PhD; Vash Patel (MS ’16); Kirsten Schofield (MS ’16); Jeff Seiple, MBA; Tia Solh,
MPAS, PA-C; Rebekah Thomas, PharmD, PA-C; Jennifer Wang; Latrice Wright (MS ’16) and
Shu Zhu, MD, PhD. Dr. Hielscher summed up what many judges expressed, “The kids amaze me with their knowledge and creativity!”
Dr. Craver and Dr. McLaughlin were featured speakers during breakout sessions for
high school and middle school students. At the Career Expo, School of Pharmacy faculty
and staff members demonstrated pharmacy techniques including Samuel John, PharmD,
Candis McGraw, PharmD, Kacie Speed, PharmD, Simone Pitts and Kimberly Lucier. Dr.
Brian Matayoshi served as a judge for the Innovation Fair, while Chief Campus Officer
Bryan Ginn represented the campus at the awards ceremonies where he spoke to science
fair winners and their parents. First place high and middle school winners from the regional fair will advance and
be eligible to participate in the Georgia State Science & Engineering Fair to be held at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. In addition, three select projects
will directly advance to the Intel® International Science Fairin Phoenix, Arizona.
With the theme, "Ask Why," it was a day to celebrate science in Gwinnett County. The
goal of the event was to open students' minds to new ways of thinking, allowing them
to discover new passions and ultimately, encouraging them to find innovative ways
to change the world. We at GA-PCOM are happy to supportGwinnett County Public Schoolsin this endeavor!
About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
For more information, contact: Barbara Myers Senior Public Relations Manager Email: BarbaraMy@pcom.edu Office: 678-225-7532 | Cell: