MassBioEd Helps High School Students Connect Classroom Science with Life Sciences Careers

Nov 07, 2019

Students from Massachusetts high schools visit life sciences companies as part of MassBioEd’s Career Exploration Day

 November 7, 2019 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) – Today, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) will connect over 200 high school students with seven Massachusetts life sciences companies as part of its Career Exploration Day. Each of the participating companies will provide facility tours and in-lab activities, offering students first-hand knowledge of the company's mission and culture, and the opportunity to experience a few of the many careers within the life sciences industry.

“As we approach 2020, we must consider what new career opportunities will be available in the life sciences industry throughout the next decade of research, drug discovery, and breakthrough therapies,” said Sunny Schwartz, Executive Director, MassBioEd. “To prepare for this prospective growth, it is critical that the next generation of the workforce understand the tremendous career opportunities that the life sciences hold. Career Exploration Day allows these students to gain a new, real world perspective on the science that drives the life sciences, outside of the classroom.”

Participating companies and schools include:

  • GE Healthcare to host Chelmsford High School and Lincoln-Sudbury High School
  • Agenus to host Millbury High School
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb to host Maynard High School
  • MilliporeSigma to host North Attleboro High School
  • Corning Life Sciences to host Nashua North High School
  • Whitehead Institute to host Edward Kennedy Academy
  • Novartis to host Hull High School

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.

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

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 www.massbioed.org/.

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