University hosts science professions program for high school students

Students learn about health science professions

Aug. 15, 2013 - The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning gave 28 high school students from across the state a better idea of what health care-related careers they might like to pursue.

The institute partnered with the College of Arts and Sciences, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, and Schools of Health Sciences and Nursing to teach a variety of skills. Following the life of fictional Mrs. Weeks, the students were presented with a number of challenges to test their expanding skill-sets in a compelling and innovative way.

"It's a lot of fun," said Lucie Howell, director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning. "The real core educational piece shows the students what health science professions are available and how the science they do in their classrooms will apply to their world beyond."

Kyle Searles, who will be a senior at North Haven High School in the fall, said she found the program to be very beneficial as she pursues her college search.

"Now I know the potential areas in which I could work," she said. "We had the opportunity to meet so many knowledgeable people who love their jobs."