A recent minority graduate of
"Because of Andre's own path through a doctoral program in the sciences, his involvement with schools and urban youth, and his ability to help encourage students and adults to connect with science, we thought he was extraordinarily prepared for the challenges of this new effort to make science more accessible," said
Samuel focused on novel antibacterial targets in E. coli in his doctoral studies and was mentored by Dr.
"Dr. Samuel brings a unique ability to connect with students and to teach them complex biological concepts in an understandable way," Trun said. "He fosters the students' confidence in their ability to learn and constantly challenges them to excel."
Samuel said he looks forward to working with the community biotech lab, which will broaden access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. "There is a strong need in our community for a facility that promotes diversity in the sciences," said Samuel, who understands the challenges firsthand. "If we want to increase diversity in STEM careers, we need a place where future scientists of all ages can go for hands-on experimentation and to nurture interest in science and biotechnology. Our community laboratory will provide the resources to meet these needs."
Increasing diversity in STEM jobs encourages the diversity of ideas in the lab and the marketplace, and promotes science as both achievable and rewarding. "The positive outlook for STEM careers over the next 10 years could make these disciplines even more attractive to those who have not been a traditional part of the STEM work force," said Dr.
As a "maker lab"-a part of a growing national movement to encourage innovation, learn by doing and address personal interests as well as societal concerns-the biotech lab represents another University-community partnership with positive impacts on campus and beyond.
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