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.
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.