Student Programs

Students learn science best through hands-on, lab-based lessons. BioTeach, our flagship educational program, reaches 10,000+ students annually through experiential learning opportunities and by providing training and mentoring to their science teachers. 

BioTeach student programs are designed to inspire students to learn more about life sciences higher education and careers. We offer three primary programs, explained below. MassBioEd also works to connect science teachers, guidance counselors, and life sciences industry professionals to build an understanding of the advanced degree programs and the diverse paths to a career in the life sciences.

Career Exploration Day

MassBioEd organizes Career Exploration Days (CEDs) to give regional public high school students the opportunity to experience a connection between the life sciences curriculum they see in their classrooms and the groundbreaking scientific innovation that drives the Massachusetts life sciences supercluster.

During CEDs, students visit industry laboratories and offices to learn about the company’s mission and culture, interact directly with life sciences professionals, participate in science demonstrations, and tour company facilities. Students learn about the range of career opportunities at life sciences companies, including scientific and non-scientific roles. 

These events are hosted annually in April and November. MassBioEd provides funding for transportation and substitute teacher expenses and manages logistics for the event.

Through Career Exploration Days, students considering careers in biotech gain first-hand knowledge of the kinds of activities and responsibilities industry employees engage in on a daily basis.

Register your interest for the 2019/2020 school year. 

Biotech Futures

MassBioEd organizes Biotech Futures events where students and their teachers visit university and college campuses, interact with science and technology faculty and students, and engage in laboratory experiences. Participants learn about the opportunities, wonder, and excitement inherent in college science programs through hands-on experiences and tours of labs, facilities, and campuses. 

Biotech Futures events are held each fall and spring. MassBioEd provides funding for transportation and substitute teacher expenses and manages logistics for the event.

The goal of Biotech Futures is to demystify the college experience, expose students to life sciences fields of study, and encourage students to pursue life sciences education and careers.

Register your interest for the 2019/2020 school year.

Career Ambassadors Program

The Career Ambassadors program is designed to help regional high schools host free talks by biotechnology professionals and academics to broaden their students’ horizons and encourage an interest in the life sciences. We want to help teachers to inspire and motivate the next generation by providing them with access to industry experts and researchers with unique experiences from their professions.

Through this program, industry volunteers will visit classrooms and share their experiences in the life sciences and their passion for the work they do. These presentations are generally one class period, no more than 50 minutes, and involve a presentation, short activity or demonstration, and Q&A. 

Learn more about Career Ambassadors.

College & Career Exploration Day at UMass Amherst

College & Career Exploration Day is designed to expose students to the career opportunities within the life sciences industry, while providing an understanding of the connection between their academic choices and career path. The event will showcase a wide array of educational opportunities and diverse fields of study in college life sciences programs. Through rapid-paced mentoring sessions, students will learn first-hand from industry volunteers about their unique qualifications, educational backgrounds, and interests that brought them to biotechnology and the contribution each of their roles make in this evolving industry.

Register your interest for the October 25, 2019 event.