EKU BIOS Students Mentor Middle and High School Students at Girls in STEM Conference
On June 7, Dr. Rebekah Waikel and her lab of BIOS undergraduate and graduate students took part in the Girls in STEM Conference held at EKU's New Science Building. The event, attended by about 50 middle and high school students and their parents, was hosted by EKU's STEM-H Institute with faculty participation from the basic and applied sciences and math departments. Dr. Waikel and her lab "girls" mentored the younger participants in a hands-on lab, investigating "who had taken a bite out of the cupcake." Students isolated their own DNA for analysis. Obviously, the middle and high school girls had a great time, as did their mentors. Dr. Lori Wilson, Chemistry Chair, reported over-hearing at least one middle-school student telling her mom that when she goes to college she is coming to EKU. I will assume she will be in one of our STEM-H disciplines. Perhaps as an EKU student she will join Dr. Waikel in her lab, helping to save lives through biomedical research.
Published on June 22, 2013