Saturday, April 15th, the Chapman University chapter of Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) Biology Honor Society partnered with the Grand Challenge Initiative SCI 320 course to host the Higher Ground Youth and Family Center, an organization that provides support and resources to youth and families in need.

During the event, TriBeta students gave information on STEM opportunities and what higher education has to offer. The students were able to go to various stations organized by TriBeta members, such as learning to extract strawberry DNA, learn about biological sciences professor Dr. William Wright’s research on hermit crabs, and create 3-D printed fidget spinners!

TriBeta members provided families with proper resources on how they can best support their students for their future educations. Members from the Financial Services and First-Gen teams at Chapman were able to speak to the families to assist in planning for the future and highlighting the various outlets available to them.

Dr. Melissa Rowling-Goldsmith, biological sciences professor and faculty mentor of TriBeta, commented on the event, “We all enjoyed making a difference with these young students and helping them believe that they can attend college and achieve their dreams.”