MassBioEd Brings Together High School Students to Explore Biotech Futures at Endicott College

Mar 08, 2019

Program offers students from three high schools a campus tour and hands-on lab activities

March 8, 2019 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) – Today, The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) hosts 80 students from Abbott Lawrence Academy, Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School, and Revere High School for its Biotech Futures event at Endicott College. 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.

 “Massachusetts is home to thousands of innovative life sciences companies hoping to attract young, bright minds. Biotech Futures helps to increase students’ interest in college science and engineering programs, and inspires students to consider careers in the industry,” said Michelle Mischke, Director of Biotechnology Education Programs, MassBioEd. “The Biotech Futures program hosted by Endicott College showcased the great opportunities available and generated enormous enthusiasm among the visiting students.”

In addition to a campus tour, students participating in this event will be able to work alongside Dr. Grace Kwan, Assistant Professor of Biology and Dr. Seung-Hwan Kim, Lab Coordinator, for an immersive lab experience. Students will have the opportunity to explore a case study and virtual dissection of the human knee, examining its anatomy and physiology. They will also learn how methods as diverse as CRISPR gene editing and firefly biochemistry are used to develop drugs.

"Endicott College is very pleased to host it's now 3rd Biotech Futures Event,” said Justin Topp Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Endicott College. “We thoroughly enjoy our deepening partnership with MassBioEd and are excited to introduce high school students to the amazing science and opportunities in biotechnology that are in their backyard, the life sciences capital of the world."

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

To learn more about MassBioEd events and see how you can get involved, please visit: https://www.massbioed.org/get_involved

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 About Endicott College

Located in Beverly, Massachusetts on 235 acres of oceanfront property, Endicott College offers doctorate, master's, bachelor, and associate degree programs in the professional and liberal arts. Founded in 1939, Endicott provides an education built upon a combination of theory and practice, which is tested through internships and work experience.  Studying at the Beverly campus, regionally, and internationally are approximately 2,850 undergraduate and more than 2,400 adult and graduate students. For more information, visit www.endicott.edu.

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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