Middlesex County College To Offer Biosciences Forum For High School Students

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EDISON—A one-day forum designed to help high school students explore science is being offered at Middlesex County College on Saturday, May 22.

The program, which is free, is sponsored by BIO 1, a consortium of industry, organizations and colleges and universities and funded by the WIRED grant of the United States Department of Labor.

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“The New Jersey Biosciences Forum excites and engages high school students in biosciences and helps them to develop basic workplace skills,” said Dr. Uma Narayanan, coordinator of the college’s Biotechnology program. “We are looking for high school students age 16 or older in the central New Jersey area, and especially encourage those from underrepresented groups to apply.”

Students who participate in the forum can choose one of four activities to demonstrate their scientific and creative talents in a particular topic related to biology:

  • Computer technology (design of a website, animation, video or PowerPoint presentation)
  • Debate
  • Essay
  • Poster presentations of hands-on research

On May 22, students will be judged by a panel of educators trained in the biosciences. All students will receive a certificate recognizing their participation. Top students will receive awards and internships. This event, run for the first time in the fall, got rave reviews from both student and faculty participants.

Students apply for the program through their high school or by visiting www.middlesexcc.edu/njbsf/control.cfm. For more information, contact Dr. Narayanan at 1-732-548-6000, ext. 3146, unarayanan@middlesexcc.edu or Darlene Yoseloff, director of school relations, at 1-732-906-2554 or dyoseloff@middlesexcc.edu.


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