Encouraging careers in science

Penn State College of Medicine faculty, staff, and students recently held an educational community event called “Pathways to Health” at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg. Adults and children had a chance to participate in hands-on activities related to science and health and attend several mini-lectures. The event was staffed by two dozen medical and graduate students and by nearly a dozen volunteers from the Cosmopolitan Club of the Capital Region and the Penn State Institute for Diabetes and Obesity.

The event is the first of a series of public outreach programs that are part of a five-year, NIH-funded Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant to attract high school students to careers in science.

The $1.3 million SEPA grant was awarded to Judith S. Bond, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, for Collaborative Research Experiences for Students and Teachers, or CREST. CREST will bring twenty tenth through twetlth grade students and four high school teachers from Middletown Area High School to the College of Medicine this summer for directed research experiences. These students and teachers will return for two additional summers.

The program expands to include East Pennsboro High School in 2010, and then Susquehanna High School and the Harrisburg and Steelton-Highspire school districts in 2011. Another public outreach program is planned for the Whitaker Center in early 2010.

CREST allows Penn State to continue the NIH and SEPA grant tradition of encouraging the next generation of health professionals while advancing public understanding of health and medicine.
 

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Last Updated November 18, 2010