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Cerro Coso Community College students win top award at honors conference

Cerro Coso Community College Jessica Weston–

Five Cerro Coso students won the prestigious Director’s Award at the 24th Annual Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference (HTCC) on April 20 at UC Riverside.

Fatima Anwar, Lacy Roberts, Jessica Cliff, Aria Ayres, and Elajae Lee took the top prize for their project, “No Hives Left Behind—Exploring Native Bee Diversity in The High Desert.” The project included research on bee diversity conducted during the floral superbloom period of April to June 2023.

The Director’s Award, the highest honor bestowed by HTCC, is a testament to the exceptional quality of the winning abstracts. It is a recognition of the outstanding research conducted by the students.  Each member of the winning team was awarded $200 and a certificate, a testament to their hard work and dedication.

The conference showcases outstanding faculty-mentored research by students from California community colleges, with a focus on honors students. Professors Claudia Sellers and Guck Ooi mentored Anwar, Roberts, Cliff, Ayres, and Lee.

Another Cerro Coso student, Victoria Williams, presented on Henrik Ibsen at the conference. Professor Gary Enns mentored Williams.

Cerro Coso College is a member of the Honors Transfer Council of California and sends honors students to participate in the Building Bridges Honors Conference every year. To learn more about the Honors Program at Cerro Coso,