MassBioEd Helps High School Students Explore Biotech Futures at Bridgewater State University

May 23, 2019

Students from five high schools visit the college campus to participate in educational biotechnology experience 

May 23, 2019 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) – Yesterday, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Educations Foundation (MassBioEd) brought together students from Norton High School, Pembroke High School, Falmouth High School, Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School, and Mount Saint Charles Academy to participate in the organization’s Biotech Futures event at Bridgewater State University. 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.

“As the breadth of the life sciences continues to expand, the career and educational opportunities the industry has to offer grows alongside it,” said Michelle Mischke, Director of Biotechnology Education Programs, MassBioEd. “Biotech Futures offers a great avenue for students to experience higher education in biotech first-hand through lab-based activities and engagement with college faculty, and we’re very excited to once again bring this event to Bridgewater State University.”

Participating students heard from Dr. Thayaparan Paramanathan, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences for his welcome note on “Tweezing DNA with Lasers,” and explored the university’s campus and academic and research areas with a campus tour guide. Students also participated in hands-on lab activities that covered topic areas such as; targets of anticancer drugs, chromatography, forensics, neuron development, and cardiovascular anatomy and physiology. These labs were presented by Dr. Boriana Marintcheva, Dr. Jenna Mendell, Dr. Ken Adams, and Dr. Meri Krevosky of the Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Samer Lone of the Department of Chemical Sciences.

“Bridgewater State University (BSU) and the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics (BCoSM) are delighted to host students from Mount Saint Charles Academy, Bristol-Plymouth Regional, Norton, Pembroke, and Falmouth high schools for Biotech Futures,” said Dr. Kristen Porter-Utley, Dean, Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics. “Students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from our local schools will be fortunate to hear a keynote address by Dr. Thaya Paramanathan (Deparment of Physics) and engage in hands-on laboratory experiences with our best faculty members from across the BCoSM. This marks the fourth year we have hosted the event at BSU and we are excited to welcome some of our local high school students to campus.”

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.

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About Bridgewater State University:

Bridgewater State University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate, and evening degree programs. Centrally located and widely respected, Bridgewater is committed to making a challenging, high quality education accessible and achievable for students in the region and beyond.

About the MassBioEd Foundation

Our mission is to build a sustainable life sciences workforce through educational programs that inspire and propel students, engage and excite teachers, and illuminate the pathway from the classroom to careers.  A 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, MassBioEd serves the region by training high school educators, increasing the awareness of high school, college, and post-graduate students to career opportunities within the life sciences industry, providing job trends analyses, and advancing the exchange of ideas between educators and employers to create a world-class life sciences workforce. https://www.massbioed.org/.

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