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Rutgers' high school outreach gets $3 million boost from NSF
Date:9/12/2007

h about 30 students per year who will attend a summer program at the Waksman Institute, and some 300 students who will participate in HiGene remotely from their schools throughout the balance of the academic year.

HiGene will immerse teachers and students in the culture of science, bridge the gulf between the research community and the high schools and, for students, open the door to career opportunities in the burgeoning field of bioinformatics, said Vershon, a professor in Rutgers Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. HiGene will encourage and promote the use of the vast array of Internet-based tools that has been built up around the field of molecular biology over the past few decades, and lead teachers and their students to an understanding of how DNA sequence information is acquired and analyzed.

Over the years, the WSSP has been sponsored by the Waksman Institute, Rutgers Department of Genetics and Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Rutgers Division of Life Sciences. It has been supported by other grants from the NSF, the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Merck & Co., Inc.

In addition, GE Healthcare's Life Sciences Business in Piscataway has been an active participant in the WSSP, providing reagents, logistics support and the time of its employees. In the coming year, GE Healthcare plans to expand the relationship with Rutgers by adding a mentor program and having the high school science teachers come to GE Healthcare over the summer to learn about protein science.


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Contact: Joseph Blumberg
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732-932-7084 x652
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
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