Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon served on a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that released a consensus study report entitled “Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century” at a May 29 event in Washington, DC. Building on the strengths of the current graduate enterprise, the report describes the attributes of an ideal STEM graduate education system, identifies core educational competencies that are common across all STEM fields, and recommends changes in the graduate education enterprise to make the system more student-centric and better prepare students for the careers that lie ahead. The committee was chaired by Alan Leshner, chief executive officer emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The study was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Burroughs Welcome Fund, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Spencer Foundation. Read more in the National Academies press release.
The Biosciences Area partnered once again with Biotech Partners to provide paid summer internships to high school students. This year six high school students worked side by side with Biosciences researchers across the Area’s laboratories. The mission of the non-profit Biotech Partners is to educate underserved youth in the Bay Area with personal, academic and professional development experiences that increase participation in higher education and access to fulfilling science careers.
Liam Quigley, Biosciences undergraduate intern, produced a video about the experience of Berkeley Lab’s SULI (Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships) interns at the Biosciences Area. SULI is a program that encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Quigley spoke with mentors and interns to learn more about the benefits of undertaking this program at Berkeley Lab. Follow the Biosciences Storify to learn more about the Area’s educational and outreach efforts.
Mary Wildermuth, Faculty Scientist with the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division will honored on May 12, 2017 at the Berkeley Public Schools Fund Spring Luncheon for her contributions to Berkeley schools. With a grant from the Berkeley Public Schools Fund, Wildermuth volunteered her time to develop Be a Scientist, a 7th grade science program that brings 200 science mentors from UC Berkeley to lead individual students at Berkeley’s three middle schools through a process of scientific inquiry and investigation. Berkeleyside recently featured an article about this program.
Biosciences Area researchers and staff participated at the annual East Bay STEM Career Awareness Day on April 27, 2017, at Wareham Development’s Aquatic Park Center in West Berkeley, home to Biosciences Operations @ Berkeley and several Area research groups.
The event was led by Cal State University East Bay’s Institute for STEM Education in partnership with local businesses and organizations, and was aimed at providing insight into potential STEM careers and educational opportunities in the region. Three hundred high school students from Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Richmond engaged in activities around this year’s theme:, “What problem(s) are you trying to solve?” Students had the opportunity to network with a variety of STEM professionals during tours, a working lunch and exhibitor tabling.