Harvard Medical School's Office for Diversity and Community Partnership created the Explorations program to enhance science and math curricula outside the classroom. The program links faculty, research associates, and medical students with Boston and Cambridge sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. They get hands-on exposure to research laboratories and get to hear about science career paths. The hope is to get them excited about the sciences.
Four students from the William Barton Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park spent a morning at BIDMC with Parameswary Muniandy, PhD, a pathology research fellow studying brain cancer. “Early exposure to science and how research works really helps them develop an interest in science,” said Muniandy. She helped the students feel like real researchers by putting on lab coats and gloves.
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