Pharmaceutical sciences students volunteer at first annual Health Sciences Symposium

PhD candidate Yujie Yang looks on while local high school students conduct a Gram staining experiment

PhD candidate Yujie Yang looks on while local high school students conduct a Gram staining experiment

By Kara Sweet

Published November 19, 2018

Students from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences volunteered at the first annual Health Sciences Symposium at the Jacobs School of Medicine, leading workshops for high school students from Hamburg, West Seneca and Lancaster. 

“The workshops were very successful, as students really enjoyed the hand-on experiment that we showed them.”
Robert Dingman, PhD Candidate
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Organized by PhD candidates Nicholas Smith and Robert Dingman, the students conducted a short Gram staining experiment to look at the difference between Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria. PhD candidate Brandon Bordeau led a workshop that gave students an introduction to what goes into a clinical trial. "The workshops were very successful, as students really enjoyed the hand-on experiment that we showed them, and learning a little bit about our department," said Dingman.

The Health Sciences Symposium aimed to engage local high school students in educational, hands-on activities relevant to future careers in medicine, health care and life sciences. The event also gave students the opportunity to meet professionals in these fields, and to visit the UB Jacobs School building, a state-of-the-art facility that is a cornerstone of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Experiences like these help to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This strengthens the region’s life sciences workforce and economy.

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and No. 22 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.