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High School Students; Teachers Gain Biotechnology Experience with Auburn Faculty

By Janet McCoy, 334/844-3698, mccoyjl@auburn.edu

Auburn, Alabama —

Six outstanding Alabama high school students spent three weeks this summer on the Auburn University campus where they were mentored by and Auburn faculty working in biotechnology-related disciplines.

The third week, they were joined by their high school science teachers, the students were challenged to teach their teachers what they learned.

The Teaching Enhancement Award program, delivered by faculty and staff in Auburn’s interdisciplinary Cellular and Molecular Biosciences program, was established to raise the level of enthusiasm of both high school students and their teachers for careers in science, said Nancy Robinson, program coordinator. The program exposes teachers and students to state-of-the-art biotechnology and principles of research that they can take back to the classroom to enrich the learning environment.

On Friday, June 20, students and their teachers presented the results of their effort to their Auburn faculty mentors and others.

The high school students and their teachers are:

  • Anthony Bass of Geneva County High School in Hartford, with teacher Henry Brooks. Bass was mentored by Dr. Elizabeth Lipke, Department of Chemical Engineering;
  • Krystian Doss, Good Hope High School in Cullman, and teacher Susan Harris. Doss was mentored by Dr. Sang-Jin Suh, Department of Biological Sciences;
  • Catherine Gable, B.B. Comer Memorial High School in Sylacauga, and teacher Michael Poe. Gable was mentored by Dr. Rita Graze, Department of Biological Sciences;
  • Nicholas Jones of Auburn High School, and teacher Mark Thomas Jones. Jones was mentored by Dr. Elizabeth Schwartz, Department of Biological Sciences;
  • Kaitlyn Lawrence, Wetumpka High School in Wetumpka, and teacher Phaland Johnson. Lawrence was mentored by Dr. Terry Brandebourg, Department of Animal Sciences;
  • Megan Masters, Demopolis High School I Demopolis, and teacher Deborah Boykin. Masters was mentored by Dr. Bradley Merner, Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry.

During the three-week program, students and teachers learn modern research techniques used in cellular and molecular biosciences; experience life-science research in Auburn University laboratories, develop partnerships, gain new experiences and develop teaching techniques.

Supported in part by the National Science Foundation, TEA program is led by Dr. Frank Bartol, associate dean for research and graduate studies at the College of Veterinary Medicine, as co-director, and Dr. Ray Henry, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, director.

  1. Phaland Johnson, Kaitlyn Lawrence and Dr. Terry Brandebourg

  2. Catherine Gable and Dr. Rita Graze

  3. Anthony Bass, Henry Brooks and Dr. Elizabeth Lipke

  4. Megan Masters and Dr. Bradley Merner

  5. Nicholas Jones and Dr. Elizabeth Schwartz

  6. Susan Harris, Krystian Doss and Dr. Sang-Jin Suh

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