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Date:10/23/2009

rooted in a mentoring program the pair launched in 2004, partnering individual high school students from Boston Latin School with scientists, engineers, and medical researchers. Since 2005, 90 percent of these mentored students have won prizes at Boston's science fair. Of the students participating in the state science fair, 75 percent placed, and the mentoring program has provided the state champion for three of the last five years. Students in the program have also been successful in national and international science events, garnering awards at the Siemens and Intel competitions. This year, three of the mentored students participated in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where two students won "Best of Category" awards. One of those students also earned an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award, the competition's top honor.

After Meiri saw the effect of the mentoring program on these Boston Latin School students, she was driven to bring real-world experiences to the high school science classroom, where more students could benefit.

The Great Diseases curriculum also promotes a larger, long-term goal of drawing more young people into the field of biotechnology and biomedical careers. According to Pam Pelletier, senior program director for science at Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts could benefit from an in-state pipeline of motivated and well-trained young scientists. "With The Great Diseases curriculum, our highly skilled and committed teachers will have the resources to connect students with science that matters to their lives, which we hope will translate into more students pursuing careers in the sciences," said Pelletier.

Jeff Goodman, a science teacher at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School said, "The Great Diseases curriculum will provide teachers with a way to hook the interest of our students and expose them to the wealth of opportunities within the field of science."

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