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

Mar 06, 2020

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

March 6th, 2020 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) – Today, The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) hosts over 80 students from Danvers High School, Abbott Lawrence Academy, and Masconomet Regional 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.

 “MassBioEd’s programs seek to deepen students’ awareness of the paths to careers in the life sciences,” said Sunny Schwartz, Executive Director, MassBioEd. “The Biotech Futures program hosted by Endicott College exposes students to the great opportunities available to students entering college and increases interest in students to pursue careers in this growing industry in the Commonwealth.”

Students will tour the campus and hear from a group of life sciences professionals through a career panel, representing professionals from Adeptrix, Cell Signaling Technologies, Endicott College, and Prospective Research, Inc. They will also get to work alongside professors Christine Harvey-Chronin, Dr. Jessica Kauffman, Dr. Grace Kwan, Dr. Joyce Shaw, and Jessica Ventura in immersive lab experiences. Students will participate in a case study and virtual dissection of the human body, examining its anatomy and physiology. They will also learn how to problem-solve through the application of 3D printing technology.

“Endicott is pleased to be a regular host of the Biotech Futures event,” says Gene Wong, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Endicott College. “The North Shore in particular has a vibrant biotech economy and to keep it growing, we want to show students some of the basic science behind it, the technology that is used in the field, and the potential career pathways to keep the regional workforce strong.”

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.

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 engage and excite teachers, inspire and propel students, and illuminate the pathway from the classroom to careers. Learn more: http://www.massbioed.org

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