posted by: aslabbek
GENO’s first week was at St. Joseph High School. A lot was learned on all sides: the teachers, the facilitating graduate students, and the high school students. But one thing was a common denominator to all – interest. Everyone was happy to learn and see good experiments with good results. A reporter from the South Bend Tribune was also present to witness the event and write up an article that described our project and efforts of bringing GENO to local high schools.
One of the girls mentioned in the report, Ashleigh, was particularly interested in the science and asked very good, thought provoking scientific questions during class. As she and I conversed, I found that she is interested in pursuing genetics and she had a lot of questions concerning college, graduate school, and career prospects. The end result is that she is now connected to professors on campus with whose research Ashleigh would be interested. Ashleigh now comes to the Goodson lab (my lab) once a week after school to participate in research with me and my labmates. Ashleigh is showing incredible interest, potential, and insight — pretty soon I am going to give her a research project of her own!
It is wonderful to see us reach our goals. We have brought current science into the high school classroom and have connected a student to the university and its research.