News Release

Dalton State to Host STEM Banquet

January 28, 2015

Science Lab
Dr. David DesRochers points out some muscles in a spiny dogfish shark dissection to Juan Nunez, Marlin Dares and Marcos Cortes during a comparative vertebrate anatomy lab in the Life Sciences lab in Peeples Hall at Dalton State.

From a high end scanning electron microscope that can magnify items to several thousands of times to a turtle assurance colony, Dalton State has plenty to offer a student interested in a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM).

And to make sure high school juniors and seniors know everything that’s available to Dalton State students, there will be a STEM Banquet on Feb. 24 at the College. The registration deadline is Feb. 13. It is free for high school juniors and seniors and their parents or guardians. The banquet is co-sponsored by Shaw Industries and Mohawk Industries.

“We hope to make students aware of what we can offer them,” said Dr. Randall Griffus, Dean of the School of Science, Technology and Mathematics. “We’re no longer just about getting your first two years of science then transferring. We have a quality program here. With the opening of Peeples Hall last year and all the equipment we’ve been able to add, we’ve completely changed what we can offer. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to work on equipment not available anywhere else.”

Chemistry Lab
Terri Jackson and Danna Zamora work together in Paula Alotta’s chemistry lab in Peeples Hall at Dalton State.

Some of the offerings include a liquid chromatography mass spectrometer that can analyze complicated samples of liquids, equipment to analyze genetics, equipment for use with organic molecules, a cadaver lab, and plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research.

Dalton State partners with other institutions on an engineering degree for students. Other institutions, including Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern are expected to attend to talk to students about transferring there after spending the first two years at Dalton State.

For more information or to register, contact Sarah Key at Dalton State at 706-272-4456 or



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