High School Students Explore Biotech Futures at Northeastern University

Mar 12, 2018

MassBioEd brings together students and college faculty for lab-based experiments, spurring interest in life sciences programs and careers

March 12, 2018 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) — On Wednesday March 7th, 45 Massachusetts students from East Boston High School and Boston Prep participated in Biotech Futures, an event held at Northeastern University and organized by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd). Biotech Futures is a college and career exploration event that exposes students to the educational opportunities and diverse fields of study in the life sciences at the college level though hands-on laboratory experiences and campus tours.

“Our Biotech Futures event provided students from these two schools an outstanding opportunity to learn more about college-level opportunities in the life sciences,” said Peter Abair, Executive Director of MassBioEd. “The interaction between Northeastern University’s faculty and students and the visiting high schoolers from East Boston and Boston Prep made it a particularly powerful event.”

Students explored Northeastern’s campus with a Husky Ambassador, seeing firsthand what the university’s academic and research areas and recreation center have to offer. They listened to a variety of experiences from professors and graduate students, who offered insights into the pathway they took to get where they are today, along with the theories that are driving their scientific research. Just as impactful, they also had the opportunity to participate in lab-based experiments, learning about the intricacies of protein drug production to investigating antibiotic resistance in a bacteria lab. 

“Biotech futures is an exciting opportunity for Northeastern to highlight its commitment to Biotechnology education, and to expose the next generation of students to what both Biotechnology and Northeastern has to offer,” said Jared Auclair, Director of Executive Training and Biotechnology Programs at Northeastern University.

Biotech Futures is a component of MassBioEd’s BioTeach program, which provides lab-based training in biotechnology to 150 public high school science teachers each year, along with funds to public schools for lab supplies and equipment.

Visit MassBioEd to see how you can get involved: https://www.massbioed.org/get_involved


About Northeastern University:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive approach to education and research. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto.

About the MassBioEd Foundation

The MassBioEd Foundation (MassBioEd) is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization. Its mission is to build a sustainable life sciences workforce in the region through educational programs that inspire and propel students, engage and excite teachers, and illuminate the pathway from the classroom to careers. Learn more: http://www.massbioed.org


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