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Students enticed into research with new pilot program

Aug. 28, 2002--High school students who have a talent for chemistry are the targets of a new program that made its debut at UD this summer.

Prof. Thomas Beebe (center) coaches high school students Mohammad Malik, (left) and Bryan Klosiewicz (right) as they work on an experiment in Brown lab. The high school students did laboratory research as part of the first Summer Analytical Chemistry Program at UD designed to encourage gifted chemistry and biochemistry students to remain in science and medicine.

The Summer Analytical Chemistry Program, the brainchild of Thomas Beebe, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, brought five high school students and one high school teacher to campus for four weeks to participate in a college-level analytical chemistry course and give students their first taste of laboratory research.

Beebe encourages teachers to participate in the program hoping that they will be inspired by the course, then go back to their classrooms and find new ways to challenge their students and encourage them to stay in the sciences. Teachers act as lab assistants and discussion leaders.

Wanda Lentz, who teaches advanced placement and honors chemistry at Concord High School, was the first to participate in the program at UD. “This has been a wonderful experience for me working with Dr. Beebe and students from other schools. I hope to incorporate some of the material and labs into my course at Concord,” she said.

Students participating in this summer’s program include: Aditi Hendi, Charter School of Wilmington; Bryan Klosiewicz, Salesianum High School; Mohammad Malik, Christiana High School; Tapan Patel, Newark High School and Vivek Patel, Christiana High School.

The program is funded by UD and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.