Bowie State University Offers DNA Class for Local High School Teachers

Summer class offers opportunities to perform hands-on research experiments.

Bowie State University is offering local high school teachers the opportunity to perform hands-on DNA experiments at their Biotechnology Summer Institute from June 18-29.

Dr. George Ude, associate professor in the Department of Natural Sciences at Bowie State University, is coordinating the institute alongside Dr. Gary Coleman, Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture, Dr. Ganesh Sriram, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Dr. Jianhua Zhu, Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture – all from the University of Maryland.

The institute ran a session from June 4-15 for high school and college students, offering them exposure to lectures and lab classes, learning such skills as forensic fingerprinting and DNA extraction. The second session will help to train local high school teachers to learn how to educate youth in the biotechnology industry.

“The goals of the Biotechnology Summer Institute are to promote the interest of students in biotechnology as an alternative career path, provide research experience for students to succeed in postgraduate education, said Dr. Ude in a press release.“[The institute is also to] train personnel to serve in the burgeoning biotechnology industry in Maryland and the nation,” he continued.

More information about the institute is available on the Bowie State University website.


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