Navigation Links
'Inspiring' teens with 'research virus': Expert-mentored bioscience contest proves a powerful vector
Date:2/20/2013

Testimonials and responses to a survey from 375 past teen participants in a Canadian biotechnology competition -- mentored in professional labs by expert scientists -- show a majority of respondents were influenced by the experience to pursue science research studies and careers, offering a model for countries worldwide to advance their health and economic interests.

In a survey of 375 past participants by Bioscience Education Canada, which runs the "Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada," 84% said their participation helped determine their field of study or career plan; 74% were pursuing biotechnology-related education or professions, with 12.5% undecided. Some 55% were current university students, 24% planned to apply after high school, and 21% were post-secondary graduates now in the workforce. Nearly 60% of respondents were female and 79% had or have bursaries and/or scholarships.

"This program has been infecting teens with what one mentor calls the 'research virus' and inspiring bioscience careers since 1994," says Jeff Graham, who Chairs the Board of Toronto-based BEC. "And with hundreds of dedicated partner organizations and mentors nation-wide, we are extremely proud of the success achieved so far as we mark the 20th annual competition in 2013."

Unexpected bonus benefits from the competition experience for many teens over the past 20 years have ranged from six-figure scholarships, a fast track to medical school, valuable networks and commercial patents to peer-reviewed journal citations and international conference invitations.

But the reward cited most often by SBCC alumni is the eye-opening experience of watching their inventive ideas succeed and being encouraged in a professional lab, creating in many a career-shaping passion for science.

"That's a benefit shared throughout Canada's economy, which has a growing, $86 billion biotechnology sector, as well as with people worldwide," says Mr. Graham.

'/>"/>
Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-538-8712
Bioscience Education Canada
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Related biology news :

1. New study reveals more inspiring reasons to serve veggies at dinner
2. Teens susceptible to hepatitis B infection despite vaccination as infants
3. For pre-teens, kindness may be key to popularity
4. Parents talking to their teens about being overweight
5. Researchers decipher modus operandi of potential Alzheimers drug
6. Research secured for the future: Pensoft Publishers takes on CLOCKSS archival technology
7. Stanford researchers develop tool for reading the minds of mice
8. Virology researcher awarded nearly $2 million to study chronic hepatitis E
9. Organic rice research moves to front burner in Texas
10. Sloan Foundation announces 2013 Sloan Research Fellows
11. Researchers in Manchester find genetic key to preventing spine tumors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/17/2014)... anthrax detection cartridge developed at Sandia National Laboratories and ... easier, faster and cheaper. , Bacillus anthracis ... in soils all over the world and can cause ... animals. The bacteria can survive in harsh conditions for ... may occur through skin contact, inhalation of spores or ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... produce hydrogen sulfide in order to properly multiply and ... the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology at the Herman ... Shi, principal investigator on the project, said the presence ... flow of calcium ions. The essential ions activate a ... the creation of new bone tissue, and keeps the ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are ... be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according ... include including Nosema microsporidia and Varroa ... resilient to these invasive pests, which suggests to us ... Asia and the United States currently are not necessary ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Pocket-sized anthrax detector aids global agriculture 2Pocket-sized anthrax detector aids global agriculture 3East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests… for now 2East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests… for now 3
... Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a grant to ... disease safer and more effective. The grant goes to ... the National Science Foundation, it is valued at $330,000 for ... Abosch, an M.D./Ph.D a neurosurgeon with the University of Colorado ...
... more than a decade PETA and its affiliates ... organisations worldwide, providing the European Union (EU) and ... with technical expertise in modern, reliable, non-animal research ... PETA US, PETA UK and their European and ...
... that individuals with the highest metabolic rates within populations ... changes in their environments that could lead them to ... however should be constantly monitoring their opportunities for higher ... shows that variation in metabolic rates between individuals can ...
Cached Biology News:Parkinson's Surgery Research wins NSF Grant 2PETA and its international affiliates launch not-for-profit international science company 2Gathering information about food is not top priority for individuals with high metabolisms 2
(Date:1/14/2014)... 14, 2014 Carahsoft and CDS Federal ... 23, 2014 at 2pm EST (11am PST), “Natural Language ... focuses on how technology can turn raw, heterogeneous data ... government agencies. The online webinar will last approximately one ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... BURLINGAME, Calif. , Jan. 14, 2014 As pet owners ... no doubt many of them wrote: "Take better care of my ... and even designer clothes and top-brand carrying cases to take the ... Pet parents might also feel compelled to buy some pricey toys ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... SAN DIEGO and BETHESDA, Md. ... they are joining together with two institutes from the ... more reliable tools for bringing safer, more effective treatments ... with the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... 2014  RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (OTCQX: RXII), a biotechnology ... therapies addressing major unmet medical needs using RNA-targeted ... of Allowance from the United States Patent and ... (sd-rxRNA®), for the treatment of fibrosis. The patent ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Webcast - Natural Language Processing: Converting Raw Data into Actionable Knowledge – Hosted by Carahsoft and CDS Federal Services 2New Year's Resolution: Give Pets the Gift of Top-Notch Health Care 2Organovo Announces Collaboration with National Institutes of Health 2Organovo Announces Collaboration with National Institutes of Health 3RXi Pharmaceuticals Receives US Notice of Allowance for a Key Patent Relating to its Self-Delivering Technology with sd-rxRNAs targeting CTGF, including RXI-109, for the Treatment of Fibrotic Disorders 2RXi Pharmaceuticals Receives US Notice of Allowance for a Key Patent Relating to its Self-Delivering Technology with sd-rxRNAs targeting CTGF, including RXI-109, for the Treatment of Fibrotic Disorders 3
... scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology ... Russia to an unexpected findingthe surprisingly strong and long-range ... Their recently reported findings* may add new scientific challenges ... data storage devices. The team was studying the ...
... effectively with government and NGO partners and strengthening ... , , ATLANTA, July 1 The ... team focused on creating effective collaborations among governments ... stronger partnerships, ITI hopes to support local, national, ...
... sustained follicle stimulant achieves similar efficacy to daily injections ... in Phase III Study , , AMSTERDAM, July ... today announced results from the Phase III ENGAGE clinical ... first in the class of sustained follicle stimulants, achieved ...
Cached Biology Technology:Unexpectedly long-range effects in advanced magnetic devices 2New Leadership Team at International Trachoma Initiative to Build Stronger Partnerships to Eliminate Blinding Trachoma 2Schering-Plough Announces Phase II and III Data for Corifollitropin Alfa 2Schering-Plough Announces Phase II and III Data for Corifollitropin Alfa 3Schering-Plough Announces Phase II and III Data for Corifollitropin Alfa 4Schering-Plough Announces Phase II and III Data for Corifollitropin Alfa 5Schering-Plough Announces Phase II and III Data for Corifollitropin Alfa 6Schering-Plough Announces Phase II and III Data for Corifollitropin Alfa 7Schering-Plough Announces Phase II and III Data for Corifollitropin Alfa 8Schering-Plough Announces Phase II and III Data for Corifollitropin Alfa 9
... The FUNNY SHAKERS are multi-functional mixing ... This device is a solid, heavy-duty durable ... is both mixing and vortexing in nature. ... based keypad with digital display to control ...
... time consuming and inaccurate comparison of the entire ... of the sample when compared to the wild ... as a sharp peak. Accuracy of the ... 99%, with sensitivity to greater than 5% of ...
... The tubing prep station, 100-120 V, is used ... DNA-coated gold particles to create the source of ... discharge with the Helios gene gun. The station ... tubing prep unit, 12 foot Nalgene nitrogen regulator ...
... system, 220-240 V, is used for biolistic particle ... employs an adjustable helium pulse to sweep DNA-, ... inner wall of a small plastic cartridge directly ... for in situ, in vitro, in vivo, and ...
Biology Products: