Lab learners

Wright State partners with several organizations to give high school students a taste of biomanufacturing

The first Dayton bioManufacturing Awareness and Discovery Experience (DaytonMADE) camp took place in Wright State University’s Biological Sciences lab for two separate two-week sessions. The first session took place from June 5 to June 16 and the second from July 17 and to July 28.

“The camps are aimed at serving students that may not have had previous experience in STEM or STEM outreach in the area,” Michael Schmidt, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Wright State who served as an instructor at the DaytonMADE camp.

Twenty-three Dayton-area high school students learned about various biotechnology techniques, met with scientists in the biotechnology field, toured a biomanufacturing facility and received a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Wright State student.

“I wanted to try out the waters and see if I liked chemistry and biomanufacturing,” said Salah Naarouf, a senior at The Dayton Regional STEM School. “It’s a great experience, and I fell in love with this campus.”

Registration and transportation to and from the camp were free. Students who completed the attendance requirements also received a $250 stipend.

The camp was sponsored by BioMADE and organized by UES in partnership with the BTC Institute.

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