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Future science teacher gets hands-on experience in state-of-the-art biology lab

Have you ever come across a bowl of leftovers in the back of your refrigerator and been afraid to unwrap it to see what might be growing in there? WestConn student Jessica Thibeault, from Bristol, Conn., goes out of her way to encourage food to “grow.”  In fact, she spent the better part of her summer in a WCSU biology lab counting bacterial growth on tomatoes, spinach and peas — and she enjoyed it!

What middle-school students can do in the classroom is very limited. But the questions they ask me can go beyond that and I can answer them in the WestConn lab.

Why the fascination with bacteria? Thibeault said she owes it all to an inspiring science teacher she had in high school. “I had an awesome biology teacher who made everything interesting and fun. I loved it and want to share that love with my students,” the aspiring teacher said. “I want them to enjoy coming to school because science is fun.”

The WestConn senior, who is majoring in secondary education — biology, knows all about enjoying coming to school. “I came here because WCSU is close to home and not as expensive as the other options in the state,” she said. It also has a good reputation for its education program. Once I saw the Science Building and how new and up-to-date it is, I knew I wanted to come here.”

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Peretti makes history contemporary, relevant
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Kelley Bradley

Global climate studies start close to home for Connecticut native
Capitalizing on our location in Danbury, Connecticut, a New England city characterized by its economic vibrancy and its diverse citizenry, as well as our proximity to the educational and cultural riches of New York City, WestConn has truly become a global university. Our students can be found exhibiting their art in Manhattan, performing theater on Broadway and in Scotland, visiting the United Nations and traveling to China, Spain, Puerto Rico and Vietnam for immersion programs.

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Diverse University Community

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Nursing major says WestConn helped her accomplish every goal
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Quality Academic Programs

Jessica Thibeault

Future science teacher gets hands-on experience in state-of-the-art biology lab
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Student-Centered Environment

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Becoming part of the global community is one of many interests that can be explored at WestConn.
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Student uses scholarships to follow his dream
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