Central Bucks Students Graduate from Biotech Center Program

Students, sci­en­tists, par­ents, donors, school offi­cials, and oth­er invit­ed guests gath­ered in a con­fer­ence room at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center to hon­or “grad­u­ates” of the part­ner­ship pro­gram between the cen­ter and Central Bucks School District (CBSD). Each of the pro­gram’s par­tic­i­pants were induct­ed into the Blumberg Alumni Association.

Miranda Song explains her research to Superintendent Dr. John Kopicki

CB South stu­dent Miranda Song (grade 11) explains her research, “Anti-Aging Business Creation Through Maestro Protein Docking Analysis,” to CBSD Superintendent Dr. John J. Kopicki

Located in Doylestown, the facil­i­ty is home to the Hepatitis B Foundation, one of the pre­mier biotech incu­ba­tors in the United States. The Foundation has been respon­si­ble for impor­tant devel­op­ments in hepati­tis C and hepati­tis B research, as well as the devel­op­ment of suc­cess­ful biotech start-ups. Each day, fif­teen stu­dents, five from each CBSD high school (CB East, CB South, and CB West), were trans­port­ed to the cen­ter, where they took advanced place­ment chem­istry on site and engaged in an intern­ship that last­ed sev­er­al months. Student par­tic­i­pants then entered indi­vid­ual research projects into STEM com­pe­ti­tions, where they per­formed remark­ably well.

CB East Junior Madison Charingo gave brief remarks at the cer­e­mo­ny, dur­ing which she praised the inau­gur­al pro­gram’s suc­cess, “This year, an unfa­mil­iar group of stu­dents from all three high schools in this dis­trict have joined to form a tight-knit com­mu­ni­ty, unit­ed to nav­i­gate the inau­gur­al year of this pro­gram. Through months of expe­ri­ence in the labs, we’ve not only gained pro­fi­cien­cy and expe­ri­ence in the pro­to­cols we’ve been trained in, but we’ve gained a deep­er under­stand­ing of many fields of study that could’ve nev­er been pro­vid­ed in a tra­di­tion­al class­room set­ting. The research we’ve con­duct­ed is unri­valed by high school stu­dents across the nation, and because of this pro­gram, we all will enter our future careers with advanced knowl­edge and skills.”

The pro­gram was fund­ed in part through dona­tions from Fred Beans Family of Dealerships. 

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