Fall 2017 Biological Sciences Newsletter

Community Outreach

By Department of Biological Sciences

Our work in the community continues with the 28th annual Bioathlon, high school visits, HOSA regional competition, and summer youth programs.

28th Annual Bioathlon

The Bioathlon is our largest outreach event each year. Teams from 12 Upper Peninsula high schools participated in the day-long competition this year. The winning team was A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer. Second place went to Marquette and third place to Calumet. All teams tackled these same four problems: dissection of a bull frog, microbe analysis, ecology field identification, and basic medical laboratory techniques.

High school students at the 2017 Bioathalon dissecting a bull frog.
High school students at the 2017 Bioathalon dissecting a bull frog.

High School Visits

During the spring semester, local high school classes are invited to visit our campus. Visits include attending our anatomy and physiology lecture, hands-on activities with current college students, lunch at Wadsworth Hall, and meeting with our faculty to discuss careers. This past year, more than 150 high school students from six different schools were able to visit the campus.

Ian Greenlund (middle, seated), an MS student in biology, and Hana Marti (right, seated), a BS student in biomedical engineering, demonstrate cardiovascular health research equipment to a group of high school students.
Ian Greenlund (middle, seated), an MS student in biology, and Hana Marti (right, seated), a BS student in biomedical engineering, demonstrate cardiovascular health research equipment to a group of high school students.

HOSA Regional Competition

This year we traveled to the regional Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Regional Competition at Marquette High School. Afterwards, we invited local HOSA students to come to our lab to learn more about opportunities in medical laboratory science.

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