Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College
510.659.6206
www.ohlone.edu

For Immediate Release:

Event: Ohlone College Biotechnology Summer Institute 2008
Date: June 23- July 21, 2008
Where: 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536

Ohlone Shows High School Students Real-World Biotech

Fremont, CA—An intense and exciting learning experience awaits 20 talented Bay Area high school students this summer. For four weeks these students will explore Molecular-Cell Biology principles and lab skills during the Biotechnology Summer Institute at Ohlone College. The Summer Institute provides a concentrated glimpse of the profession, allowing participants to explore biotechnology in a real-world setting. The group will be trained in DNA isolation and sequencing, protein purification, sterile culture techniques, cell culture, and PCR, giving them hands-on skills using professional equipment and methodologies.

The Ohlone Biotechnology Summer Institute 2008 participants were selected from applicants from Southern Alameda and Santa Clara Counties; students must have completed Honors or AP Biology and Honors or AP Chemistry, and be high school senior status or just graduated to be eligible for the program. Each year the number of applicants grows, representing the largest number of regional high schools since the start of the program five years ago. This year, applications were received from students attending high schools such as Mission San Jose & Irvington high schools in Fremont; Lynbrook & Bellarmine High schools & Harker Academy in San Jose, James Logan in Union City, and Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton.

After transferring to universities, students who completed Ohlone’s Biotech Summer Institute during previous years have reported that the experience and hands-on skills they learned enabled them as freshmen to successfully compete with juniors and seniors for university research assistant positions.

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