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NSHSS Member Event at Columbia University

NSHSS hosted a Member Event in New York City at the prestigious Columbia University on Saturday, September 24, 2022. 


This member event kicked off early Saturday morning with a networking breakfast at Alfred Lerner Hall before members gathered in the auditorium for the welcome ceremony. Members experienced a day full of workshops, a College and Career fair, an exclusive presentation about student opportunities from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and tours of the Columbia University campus. We ended the event with an NSHSS Member Recognition Ceremony where members were invited up on stage and honored for their academic achievements!




Member Event at Columbia University

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University
2920 Broadway

New York City, NY 10027

College & Career Fair exhibitors: Columbia University Pre-College Programs,, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Goldey-Beacom College, Method Learning, Monash University, Saint Peter's University, Sallie Mae, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), UC Berkeley Summer Sessions & Study Abroad, International Dual Degree Programs, & Pre-College Summer Programs, U.S. Army ROTC, and Vermont State University

Event Agenda


*This agenda is subject to change. Final details will be sent closer to event date.*

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Event Check In & Badge Pick-Up

Attendees will check-in with a digital or printed copy of their tickets and members will receive name badges in the Alfred Lerner Hall foyer.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Networking Breakfast and College & Career Fair

Attendees will have the chance to gather information from College & Career Fair exhibitors. NSHSS will provide a catered continental breakfast for all event participants.

9:00 AM 9:35 AM: NSHSS Welcome & Columbia University Information Session

NSHSS will welcome attendees to campus, then Columbia University students/staff will guide them through an informative presentation about the university.

9:40 AM – 10:10 AM: Central Intelligence Agency Student Programs

Our partner, the Central Intelligence Agency, will present information about the special opportunities available to NSHSS members in high school, college, and even post-graduation. CIA offers multiple opportunities for college students to include scholarships and internships. CIA scholarships and internships offer competitive pay, health and life insurance benefits as well as an opportunity to work in a competitive atmosphere to gain valuable hands on experiences.

10:15 AM 10:45 AM: SAT and ACT Success: Everything You Need to Know

Princeton University graduate and Method Learning founder Tom Ehlers will present the latest guidance for parents and students on the SAT and ACT. He will answer all of the frequently asked questions that parents and students have about the SAT, ACT, and PSAT. A few examples include:

The best times to take the SAT and ACT
What does test-optional actually mean?
Differences between the SAT and ACT

10:50 AM 11:25 AM: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: An Essential Part of Our Future

Walton Family Foundation and NSHSS Foundation Board Member, Tanya Odom, will host a special session for our members focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. What is DEI? Why is it important? How does it connect to my life and school? Using examples, storytelling, and research, this interactive session will give participants a better idea of what DEI means and why it is important to understand for our future.

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch Break

Attendees will visit nearby eateries for lunch on their own.

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Self-Guided Campus Tours

Attendees will have free time to explore the Columbia University campus

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: College and Career Fair

Attendees will have the chance to gather information from College & Career Fair exhibitors.

1:05 PM – 1:35 PM: An Introduction to Columbia University's Pre-College Programs

Learn about Columbia University’s Pre-College Programs. Students enrolled in grades 9-12 by Fall 2022 can delve into academic interests by choosing from over 30 courses from Art to Artificial Intelligence, taught by leading experts.

1:45 PM 2:10 PM: Army ROTC Educational Workshop

NSHSS Partner, Army ROTC, will host a special session for our members. Stay tuned for more details to be announced!

2:15 PM 3:00 PM: Maximizing Your NSHSS Membership

NSHSS Members will hear from Morgan Vazquez, former NSHSS Fellows President and now NSHSS Fellows Trustee, about how to get the most out of your LIFETIME membership! Everything from scholarships, leadership groups, networking, and more with a live Q&A!

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Member Recognition Ceremony

Members will hear congratulatory remarks and receive their own NSHSS honor medallion.

Meet The Speakers




Pictures From The Event!