The Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) STEM Academy held its 8th induction at the Tom Jack Lucas Auditorium, honoring the 32 Lufkin High School students who were selected through a rigorous academic process.
Dr.Jana Redfield, Associate Director of the SFA STEM Research and Learning Center, welcomed the group and spoke to the parents and family members in the audience about the new STEM inductees.
“They love math and science. They want to be engineers, doctors, and computer science engineers,” she said.
The STEM inductees went through a process to be admitted to the program including a teacher recommendation, application, essay and an interview. Dr. Redified read some of the comments from students on their essays:
STEM Academy will magnify and bring out qualities of confidence.
It will be great for preparing me to be an engineer.
It will give me the tools to becoming successful.
It will improve my preparedness for working with others.
I will be more academically prepared for what I want to do in college.
It will open me to learning new things.
It will be a bigger challenge than pre-AP and help me decide on college.
It will prepare me for high school and the rest of my life.
“The students told me what they want to do. Seventeen want to go into the medical field, nine engineers,” said Redfield.
She told the students, “When you graduate from college, there will be jobs then that we don’t even know about now.”
Pictured are the STEM Inductees:
Photos by ANDY ADAMS/Lufkin ISD