National Science Foundation (NSF) Stem Cell Pipeline

This project is developing and testing a cell culture/stem cell research curriculum for high school students taught in a community college setting.  This nine-week course (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab per week) introduces high school students and their teachers to the basics of cell culture and stem cells, covering topics such as: aseptic technique, counting cells, cell/stem cell culture maintenance, transfection, cytotoxicity, and fluorescence labeling and stem cell differentiation.  Practical experience includes use of common laboratory equipment such as micropipettes, centrifuges, inverted and fluorescent microscopes.  The students gain valuable hands-on experience, while learning in a college atmosphere.

Stem cell research is one of the top research fields in the bioscience industry, due to its potential for the development of life-saving drugs and therapies, and it is becoming more widespread across the nation.  For students considering pursuing a research career, this path is both interesting and challenging.  $54,126

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