Ryan Patwell participated in the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session in March 2011. The three day event brought professionals from multiple fields together for the purpose of sharing new ideas on how to make science education more accessible. The first two days consisted of multiple presentations and panel discussions from various institutions describing their work. The topics presented included sustainability, preservation, alternative energy, and civic engagement. On the last day Ryan met with a congressional representative from Illinois to discuss his project. His final event was a poster session on Capitol Hill, where Ryan presented his project on stem cells to the other attendees.
Ryan credits Dr. Farah for inspiring him to apply and participate. He is now participating in the Undergraduate Research Collaborative at Harold Washington College.