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UW Students Get a Taste of Systems Biology

“It was very interesting to learn how all the different backgrounds, such as one person having majored in physics, computer science, or chemistry, can come together to achieve a goal. Also, how some have bachelors or postdoc degrees. I also learned more about how PDMS is used and how there are teams that create their own equipment for experiments and data.” – LSAMP Student

UW freshmen students in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program visited ISB.

UW freshmen students in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program visited ISB. Here, students are inspecting microfluidics chips.

This afternoon, a group of freshmen participating in the UW’s LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) Program and the UW STEM Bridge program (co-sponsored by UW Engineering) visited ISB to meet several of our scientists and learn a little about systems biology. The looks of wonder on the students’ faces was inspiring as was how engaged our scientists were when they spoke to the group.

ISB frequently hosts student visitors because we believe it’s our responsibility to share what we have learned, especially with the young people who are poised to become our future STEM workforce. It doesn’t take much for a research organization to spare a little time to show young students what the real world can offer. At ISB, the diversity of disciplines represented under one roof is eye-opening and inspiring for most students.

Freshmen students from UW spent an afternoon with some scientists at ISB to learn about systems biology.

Freshmen students from UW spent an afternoon with some scientists at ISB to learn about systems biology.

“Through the UW Engineering and LSAMP STEM Bridge Program, students have the opportunity to visit local organizations such as the Institute for Systems Biology. These experiences are invaluable and provide our students with direct exposure to professionals. This interactive engagement allows them to image themselves in STEM careers.” – Stephanie Gardner, associate director of LSAMP

UW students in the LSAMP program visit ISB's mass spectrometry lab.

UW students in the LSAMP program visit ISB’s mass spectrometry lab.

For the full gallery of images of the LSAMP students, visit this link.

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