The Best in Homeland Security Education Awards recently honored U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) chemist Shawn Davies, who has worked with high school students through the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) Program for the past six years.
“Really, we’re developing the next set of leaders,” Davies said of the program, through which she has mentored students at Joppatowne High School in Harford County, Maryland. “This program takes students’ interest and aptitude for science and gives them an avenue to develop themselves. Hopefully, we’ll inspire them to major in science in college.”
Davies, a 10-year employee of ECBC, works with a senior from Joppatowne’s science program each year, providing mentoring as he or she completes a capstone project. She also serves as a guest speaker in the school’s science class and has served as a resource for students and teachers alike.
“Shawn has been an invaluable resource for the students," Zachary Lovelace, another HSEP teacher at the school, said. "She always helps in any way possible, including mentoring multiple students in a school year. I’m a chemistry teacher, but she’s a real-world expert. Without the contributions of volunteers like Shawn, the program would not have grown to where we are now.”