MassBioEd to Help High School Students Explore Biotech at Northeastern University

Mar 06, 2019

Students from four high schools visit college campus for lab-based activities and immersive biotech experience

March 6, 2019 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) – Today, The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) brought together 120 students from four Massachusetts high schools and Northeastern University for its Biotech Futures program. 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 provides high school students an outstanding opportunity to learn more about life sciences opportunities at Northeastern University,” said Michelle Mischke, Director of Biotechnology Education Programs, MassBioEd. “Through lab activities, lectures and campus exploration, students explore how their current classroom experiences translate to college and career opportunities in the industry.”

Students participating in the event had the opportunity to see Northeastern’s academic and research areas. Northeastern professors and graduate students also shared their experiences with students about the path that led them to where they are and the theories currently driving their scientific research. Finally, students joined Kevin Broadbelt, Associate Teaching Professor, College of Science and Elizabeth Zulick, Assistant Teaching Professor, College of Professional Studies Undergraduate Programs for hands-on lab activities on the production of proteins of interest in bacteria and the exploration of a tool that scientists use to study and manipulate components of living organisms at the molecular level. 

"We are excited to host Biotech Futures again this year,” said Jared Auclair, Associate Teaching Professor & Director, Biotechnology, Northeastern. “It provides an amazing opportunity for students to learn about biotech through a diverse set of activities including hands-on, lab experiments."

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.

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 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:


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