Science Takes Center Stage for Hundreds of MA High School Students

June 6, 2013

400 students from across the state shadow scientists and industry execs on biotechnology Job Shadow Day 

June 6, 2013 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) – Today, more than 400 Massachusetts high school students shadowed life sciences professionals across the Commonwealth during the fourth annual biotechnology Job Shadow Day organized by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd).

“When students see cutting-edge science and the connection between their high school curriculum and the life-saving work being done in company labs, it sparks their interest in STEM,” said Lance Hartford, Executive Director of the MassBioEd Foundation. “Job Shadow Day exposes students to a variety of careers in the life sciences and shows them that high school science can be the first step to an exciting future.”

This successful event, part of MassBioEd’s BioTeach program, aims to increase students’ interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related careers as part of MassBioEd’s BioTeach program. Through BioTeach, MassBioEd works to bring lab equipment, teacher training, and student career exploration experiences to students throughout the state to educate and inspire future scientists.

 “As a company committed to innovation and putting better outcomes in the hands of patients, Civitas Therapeutics knows it is critical to cultivate the next generation of scientific leaders,” said Glenn Batchelder, Founder and CEO of Civitas Therapeutics. “We are pleased to support the efforts of the MassBioEd Foundation in inspiring future scientists right here in Massachusetts by hosting students for Job Shadow Day.”

This year, 16 Massachusetts biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, life sciences companies and research institutions partnered with the MassBioEd Foundation to host 15 high schools for company tours and one-on-one mentoring.

“It’s been our privilege to host students on Job Shadow Day,” said Steven Richter, Ph.D., President and Scientific Director of Microtest Laboratories. “It’s difficult to get passionate about a field of interest with just textbook exposure- specifically science. And science- with the appropriate passion- can be an exciting, fulfilling and rewarding career on all levels. Job Shadow Day helps spark that passion.”

"It's critically important that we engage students at a young age so that science becomes understandable to them," said Peter Mueller, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of Global Research and Development at Vertex. "Bringing students into our labs where they can wear lab coats and goggles while doing real experiments allows them to envision themselves as scientists, an important first step to support our innovators of the future."

Participants included:

   Companies                                                 Schools

AbbVie (Worcester)

Millbury High School

AMAG Pharmaceuticals (Lexington)

Taunton High School

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge)

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

Civitas Therapeutics (Chelsea)

Everett High School

Cubist Pharmaceuticals (Lexington)

Malden High School

EMD Serono (Rockland)

Barnstable High School

Sandwich High School

Foundation Medicine (Cambridge)

Hanover High School

Masy Systems (Pepperell)

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

Microtest Laboratories (Agawam)

Ludlow High School

Shire (Lexington)

Haverhill High School

Toxikon Corporation (Bedford)

Dracut High School

Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge)

Everett High School

Whitehead Institute (Cambridge)

Danvers High School

Three additional organizations will host Job Shadow Days later this month:

Biogen Idec

(*Cambridge on 6/11)

Pembroke High School

Massachusetts General Hospital (*Boston on 6/7)

Brighton High School

Thermo Fisher Scientific

(*Waltham on 6/14)

Bellingham  High School



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