Two BC students named on national research team

Two BC students named on national research team

Tue Feb 18, 2014
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Two Brazosport College students were recently chosen to participate in a program that is aimed at assisting student success across the nation.

BC students Natalie Wood and Lanie Smircic were two of only eight students throughout the nation picked to be part of the Research and Respondent Team at the DREAM 2014 conference in Orlando, Florida. Brazosport College was the only school with two participants making the cut.

“It is an extreme honor to have two students from Brazosport College selected to serve on the Research and Respondent Team at DREAM 2014,” said Kelli Forde, Brazosport College Student Life Coordinator. “As a Leader College within Achieving the Dream, Brazosport College has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing student success, and this honor represents our continued efforts to achieve this goal.  Natalie and Lanie are excellent student leaders and I am confident they will represent BC well.”

The team is sponsored by the National Society for Collegiate Scholars and selected students were chosen from institutions actively participating in the Achieve the Dream program.   

As a member of the Research and Respondent Team, Wood and Smircic will travel to Florida and participate in a series of discussions aimed at helping to improve college student success and retention rates, among other important issues.

“This is such a huge honor,” Smircic said of being chosen for the team. “For us to be two out of eight people chosen across the country is overwhelming. We not only get to attend this conference, but we will be doing research. It’s exciting to know that we will be bringing back information to Brazosport College that can help increase student success rates.”

In order to be selected for the team, Wood and Smircic had to write essays on specified topics. Wood wrote about equity, as well as state and national policy, while Smircic penned an essay on building internal leadership.

“This is a prestigious award and it’s about issues I truly have a passion for,” Wood said. “We both put our hearts into this. I’m looking forward to this opportunity.”

The DREAM 2014 conference is scheduled for Feb. 24 through Feb. 27.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream aims to close achievement gaps and accelerate student success nationwide by guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, influencing public policy, generating knowledge and engaging the public. Achieving the Dream is involved with more than 200 colleges throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia.