MassBioEd Hosts College and Career Exploration Day to Increase Awareness for Opportunities in the Life Sciences

Oct 25, 2019


High school students gather at UMass Amherst for one-day event, as a part of Massachusetts STEM Week

October 25, 2019 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) – Today, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) will host over 160 high school students from Western Massachusetts at its College and Career Exploration Day at UMass Amherst. Part of Massachusetts STEM Week, College and Career Exploration Day is a one-day event 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 potential career paths. The event will showcase an array of educational opportunities in college life sciences programs and the variety of careers in the life science industry.

 “With a 2.9% unemployment rate, life sciences companies are consistently working to build and sustain a robust talent pipeline, but often their biggest challenge is a lack of awareness of opportunities among the prospective workforce,” said Sunny Schwartz, Executive Director, MassBioEd. “We are thrilled to partner with UMass Amherst and representatives from the life sciences workforce for our College and Career Exploration Day to offer high school students a first-hand look at what life sciences careers are possible, and how their academic choices can help advance the path to industry.”

In addition to touring the UMass Amherst campus and facilities, students will have the opportunity to meet with several of the 45 life sciences professionals from 19 companies and universities in small group mentoring sessions. Steve Goodwin, the Deputy Chancellor and Chief Planning Officer at UMass Amherst, will deliver the welcome note. Participating high schools include:

  • Athol High School
  • Frontier Regional High School
  • Hampshire Regional High School
  • High School of Science & Technology
  • Ludlow High School
  • Turner Falls High School

 The 45 life sciences industry volunteers come from the following companies and academic institutions: AbbVie, Agios Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca, Baystate Medical Center, BioBridges, Boston Children’s Hospital, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Celyad, CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals, Corning Life Sciences, Elms College, MassBioEd, MilliporeSigma, Sanofi Genzyme, Thermo Fisher Scientific, UCB, UMass Amherst, Westfield State University, and Worcester State University.

 College and Career Exploration Day 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 the MassBioEd Foundation

Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2001 by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council with the goal of growing and developing talent in the Massachusetts life sciences workforce. In this time, we have evolved into a key link connecting students, educators, and professionals to the exciting opportunities within the life sciences industry.

Through our programs and opportunities, we aim to cultivate a field of experts who are diverse, well educated, and inspired to solve the world’s most vexing challenges. We help educators, professionals, and companies navigate the life science industry by keeping a pulse on workforce trends and providing insights into its growth and evolution. Our programs and events also shed light on professional opportunities, creating avenues for individuals to find their way into the life sciences pipeline so they can lead prosperous careers in the industry. Learn more at


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