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The 2015/16 school year was a record-breaking year for MdBio Foundation, including more than 34 MdBioLab high school visits plus college & career readiness programs. View more of this year's highlights in our Year in Review.

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Thank You

This past school year was truly record-breaking for MdBio Foundation, encompassing more than 34 MdBioLab school visits plus college & career readiness programs, student competitions and summer camps. 
 
MdBio Foundation has directly served more than 130,000 students and 1,500 educators through its highly effective and coveted mobile laboratory, plus more than a thousand additional students through its powerful and engaging college & career readiness program, ATLAS. Although MdBio is well known for the MdBioLab, several other education opportunities are available for students: the Young Science Explorers Program lets rising seventh and eighth graders meet STEM professionals in their work environments, and the Maryland BioGENEius Challenge provides students like competition winner Anantha Sriya Reddy the life-changing chance to compete on an international stage. 
 
View more of this year's highlights below:


MdBioLab
 

More than 9,500 students in 450 classes from high schools in Allegany, Baltimore (including Baltimore City), Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery, Prince George's and Washington counties worked onboard MdBioLab this past school year.  MdBioLab hosts an average 20 percent of students at each of the schools visited.

MdBio Foundation is also proud to be part of the Maryland Tech Connection (MTC), which serves the long-term unemployed to address unique barriers in preparing for skilled occupations in information technology and bioscience.  
 

FACT:  MdBioLab's most popular activity this year was an original activity from 2003:  Mystery of the Crooked Cell  Using agarose gel electrophoresis students analyze the molecular differences between normal and sickle hemoglobin.


ATLAS

MdBio Foundation continued its popular Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders + STEM (ATLAS) symposium with Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), Prince George’s County Public School and NASA in November at PGCC.
 
Since its start in 2013, ATLAS has played an important role for more than 1,000 high school and college undergraduate students, increasing awareness of STEM careers to promote rewarding and high paying jobs within the state. ATLAS provides a space for participants to interact with local STEM professionals, learn more about STEM organizations in the state, and gain a better understanding of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to work in the field.

ATLAS OUTCOMES + GAINS:  
  • 94% of participants know more about STEM career options
  • 94% of participants feel more confident talking to STEM professionals
  • 97% of participants would attend another ATLAS event
  • 91% of participants are minority students
  • 63% of participants are female students


Maryland's BioGENEIUS

2016 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Winner
Anantha Sriya Reddy
Poolesville High School, Grade 12

Project:  Application of modular cloning for rapid, site-specific and stable expression of multi-gene constructs in mammalian cells. 

Anantha Sriya Reddy, a senior at Poolesville High School in Montgomery County, Maryland, is winner of the 2016 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge, the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology.  Two other Poolesville High School seniors were runners up for this year’s state competition: Dhruv Patel, from Boyds, Md., was awarded second place for Optimization of magnetic drug delivery to inner ear disorders and deep tissue organs; and Emily Wang, also from Boyds, Md., took third place for her project, An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for detecting and differentiating between H3N2v and seasonal H3N2 influenza viruses.  [learn more]
UPCOMING EVENTS

July 25-29:
Young Science Explorers Program
Montgomery College Germantown
 
August 1-5:
Young Science Explorers Program
Montgomery College Germantown

August 31, 12:00-3:00PM:
MdBioLab Open House
Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus  
RSVP ONLINE

 
2016/17 MdBioLab visit requests
August 1, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
MdBioLab visit requests for the 2016/17 school year will be accepted online beginning August 1 at 9AM. Visit requests will be accepted from schools in the following priority counties:  Anne Arundel, Caroline, Dorchester, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester.  MdBioLab visits are scheduled on a first come, first served basis so you must act fast. The schedule typically fills within 15 minutes!  LEARN MORE ONLINE
PARTNERS
Thanks to our growing list of partners for helping to deliver programs across Maryland.
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