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Wolfe Laboratories Scientists Encourage Local Students to Explore Life Science Careers
WATERTOWN, MA – (BUSINESS WIRE) – June 13, 2011 – Wolfe Laboratories, Inc. (WLI), an integrated early development biopharmaceutical services company located in Watertown, MA, hosted an interactive site visit for a group of students from Dracut High School as part of the 2nd Annual Statewide Biotechnology Job Shadow Day on June 8. It is WLI’s second year of involvement in the program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) and theMassachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio) with the goal of inspiring students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
“In partnering with MassBioEd and MassBio, we are able to encourage this group of the brightest Massachusetts students to consider science as an exciting career path,” said Margarita Hunter, Associate Director of Marketing. “Our scientists share their real world experiences and insights, and show students that a career in science can be fun and challenging, in addition to making a difference in patients' lives”.
Sporting colorful safety goggles, students engaged directly with WLI scientists throughout the day’s events, which included a facility tour, HPLC experiments in WLI’s state-of-the-art laboratories, and a networking lunch. Led by WLI scientists Scott Churchill, Vania Lee and Sima Patel, and the company’s Head of Human Resources, Rick Eastwick, Job Shadow Day left many of the participating students expressing interest in WLI internships and careers. One student noted that the best part of the day was “being able to talk with actual scientists about the skills needed for this type of work.”
A high level of participation was encouraged throughout the day, as scientists addressed questions and invited students to share their feedback and ideas. When Dracut student Kerrie Enger was asked why she would like to pursue a career in science, she said, “I’m interested in genetics as a career because I find it very fascinating that something as small as genes can be transformed into something so complex.”
“Research has shown time and time again that hands-on, inquiry-based experiences lead students to continue on a path toward further study or career paths in science, technology, engineering and math,” said MassBioEd Executive Director Lance Hartford. “We thank the companies who have committed to helping build the next generation of life sciences employees.”