The Loudoun Campus hosted the third annual Biotechnology Open House for area high school students on March 12. Loudoun High School Outreach Coordinator Cathy Hall and Biotechnology Program Head Diane Mucci hosted the event. The open house allows students in 9th to 12th grades to visit the Campus, meet biotechnology students and faculty, and participate in a hands-on lab experience.
Mucci discussed biotechnology opportunities and careers. SySTEMic Solutions STEM Education Coordinator Tosin Adetoro (LO) presented SySTEMic opportunities in Loudoun County, including the annual robotics camps. Carmen Sessions, George Washington University admissions assistant director, explained the new guaranteed admission agreement with the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for the bachelor of science in health sciences degree.
This year the students explored the science behind genetically modified organisms (GMOs). They did a hands-on lab activity to test everyday items such as corn chips, papaya, soy meat substitute and corn bread mix for the presence of GMOs. Five Loudoun biotechnology/biology students, Kelley Flowers, Brandy Holzman, Alia Alhomsi, Jennifer Vasquez and Jhakelinne Vasquez, assisted with the lab activities and talked to the students about biotech, NOVA and college life.
While the students were busy in the lab, Hall and Financial Aid Manager Jack Zegeer (LO) met with the parents to answer questions about planning for college, paying for college, guaranteed admission agreements and more.