St. Bonaventure University’s science faculty are once again hosting two summer STEM events to inspire and support teachers and students.
Both programs will be focused on bioinformatics thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation and lodging support from Microtel.
The workshops for K-12 math and science teachers will be held July 31 through Aug. 3 with the goal of developing labs that show how computer science can help solve biological questions.
“These activities are designed to be transferable to the high school classroom to provoke student interests and increase their preparation in the high-demand field of bioinformatics,” said Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang, associate professor of biology, who organized the events.
The educators also will explore potential new opportunities for networking and partnerships between area schools and the university while also participating in hands-on laboratory experiences.
Zhang and Samuel Chen, a rising junior in SBU’s bioinformatics program, will give instructions during the workshop.
The public is invited to purchase lunch in Hickey Dining Hall or Café La Verna and attend any of the following lunch talk sessions:
Eleven high school sophomores and juniors have been selected for a two-week bioinformatics research program that offers a career training package, including a research experience alongside science faculty and a variety of STEM career talks. The program runs from July 17 to July 28.
Faculty mentors for these high school students include Zhang and Drs. Douglas Guarnieri, Johanna Schwingel and Sean Ryan from the Department of Biology.
On July 24, students and teachers will also visit the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus and Research Studies Center at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and interact with students in the Roswell Park Summer Research Program.
On the last day of the program, Friday, July 28, a project presentation and a reception will be held in the atrium of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts between 2 and 4 p.m. Students will present their projects and celebrate their completion with families and friends. The public is invited.
STEM professionals from the region will offer insights into their individual career paths and advice to these high school students during lunchtime career talks from noon to 1 p.m. in the University Club (above Hickey Dining Hall).
The public is invited to purchase lunch in Hickey or Café La Verna and attend any of the following lunch talk sessions:
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