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Centennial’s Science National Honor Society is Hosting Their Fourth Annual RISE Conference

Words: Piper Berry

Centennial High School’s Science National Honor Society is hosting their fourth annual Research In Science and Engineering (RISE) Conference on Wednesday, March 11, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm throughout the school. 

The goal of the conference is to educate and inspire high school and middle school students who are interested in STEM and provide them with the opportunity to hear from professionals in STEM careers, as well as explore internship opportunities and network in the community. 

This year’s keynote speaker is Christopher Berry, president and founder of Visionist, Inc., a Howard County-based firm providing custom software solutions and data analysis services to the United States Intelligence Community. He will be discussing his career path in the Intelligence Community and how to successfully navigate a STEM career. 

“I am thrilled to be the keynote speaker at this year’s RISE conference. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with students and parents last year at the workshop sessions. The high level of interest and enthusiasm among the CHS STEM community is uplifting. I’m happy to contribute by sharing my experience and offering advice on how to be successful in a STEM career,” said Berry.

Additional speakers include Visionist, Inc. senior software engineer Dan Johnson, University of Maryland Baltimore County professor Jeff Leips, Bowie State University professor Chaobin Liu, University of Maryland Medical Center chief of vascular surgery Dr. Rajabrata Sarkar, NTSB chief of major investigations Joe Sedor, Johns Hopkins associate professor and researcher Dr. Ramana Sidhaye, and University of Maryland School of Medicine adjunct professor Dr. Lydia Temoshok.

Each speaker will give two 30-minute workshops, and between the workshops there will be a gallery walk in the cafeteria while food is provided. The gallery walk will feature many of Centennial’s STEM clubs as well as Intern/Mentor STEM students presenting their research. 

Senior Nadine Mesiter is one of many students preparing to share their research at the event. “It’s really exciting to present and share something that I’ve put so much time into. Presenting to other individuals who are genuinely interested in work that you’ve done is really rewarding, and I’m glad that RISE gives me the opportunity to do so,” explains Meister.

The link to register and choose workshops can be found at as well as more information about the conference. 


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