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Instructor Elected to Lead State Organization

Rebecca Stamilio-Ehret, instructor of physics and industrial/technical trades at Edgecombe Community College, has been elected vice president of the North Carolina Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

She will serve a three-year term; first as vice president, then as president, and finally as past president. Stamilio-Ehret will be the fourth female president of the organization, but the first in 12 years.

Earlier this year, she received national recognition for her plan designed to reduce the dropout rate for female students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs.

Her plan, called the Women in STEM Retention Plan, was named one of the top three training plans developed as part of the 2013 National Science Foundation-funded WomenTech Educators Training.

Stamilio-Ehret serves as ECC’s pre-engineering degree coordinator and directs the college’s weeklong STEM camps for middle school and elementary school students held in July.

An ECC faculty member since 2007, she holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Appalachian State University.