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Molecular Microbiology for High School Students

Dominican College is pleased to be offering a series of integrated workshops designed to teach local high school students essential concepts in molecular microbiology, while at the same time offering them an opportunity to carry out a research project with faculty and students at the College and New York Medical College. Held on the Dominican College campus, the goal is to teach students procedures and concepts, as well as to lead them through an experimental research project - including design, implementation, data collection, and analysis. In doing so, it is to be hoped that their interest in science will be nurtured.

The program is being offered at no cost to the participants. According to Dr. Bernadette Connors, "students carry out exercises and experiments that introduce them to methods in laboratory science that are only found in a research lab". The project is directed by Dr. Connors, along with two undergraduate students in the Biology program. Additionally, research faculty at New York Medical College participate throughout the project, and will work with the team at Dominican College.

The workshop series began in October 2013, and extends through March/April, for a total of 12 meetings. The group meets on various Saturdays throughout the month (no more than two per month), and these weekend workshops last for approximately 4-5 hours per meeting.

Participating high school students were selected following a process, requiring an application and two letters of recommendation, along with verification that their GPA in the math and sciences is greater than 85%. Preference was given to juniors and seniors who have had sufficient instruction in the life sciences. The program was limited to 10-12 participants, allowing for direct student/teacher interaction.

At the close of the program, participants will present at an informal symposium. This public presentation of their work will be open to members of the community and will feature a keynote speaker presenting their personal research.

For more information please contact Dr. Bernadette Connors, Assistant Professor of Biology at (845)848-6020 or bernadette.connors@dc.edu.

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