September 21, 2015, by Jonathan Teoh
High school students visit UNMC.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences is actively involved in reaching out to high school students to provide them with an opportunity to experience tertiary life at UNMC and also have a taste of what studying Biomedical Sciences feels like.
During the summer break, our department hosted a group of 40 homeschooled students on campus for the “Experience BMS’ event where students were involved in interactive talks presented by BMS lecturers on topics ranging from ‘Scientific Research in Space’ to ‘Obesity and Health’. Students also got a chance to get a hands on experience in the laboratory where they observed the differences between normal and diseased human tissues using a microscope and managed to isolate DNA from a banana. Staffs from BMS also got to interact and mingle with the students over lunch on campus in the afternoon.
Our department also hosted a selective group of gifted high school students from Kazakhstan in August for a 2 day summer program. Students were involved in interactive health talks covering topics such as cancer and obesity. They also participated in practical classes involving human genetics, observing tissues using a microscope and DNA isolation. It is hoped that through our interactions with the younger generation, we can broaden their horizons and knowledge in the area of biomedical sciences and inspire the next generation of medical researchers and scientist.