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About BioME

BioME is an NSF-funded GK-12 program that places graduate students in K-12 classrooms in order to excite younger students about the life sciences. Biology is ideal for heightening public interest in science; people can see how science directly relates to them and the natural world around them ("Bio and ME"). BioME engages K-12 students and teachers by giving them a glimpse into the real world of biological research and providing them with hands-on opportunities to explore the world around them. 
BioME projects use cutting-edge approaches, including molecular techniques, computers in biology, and experience with live organisms, to give K-12 students hands-on experience with the process of scientific inquiry. Graduate Fellow/Teacher teams help students identify a research question, design and implement a project, analyze and present their research. Research projects integrate mathematics and communications skills with life sciences content and the individual research expertise of fellows and their faculty advisors. 
Current BioME fellows come from a variety of life science departments and interdisciplinary graduate programs at the University of Arizona, including Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Entomology and Cancer Biology. Partner school districts include Tucson Unified, Sunnyside, Amphitheater, Flowing Wells, Catalina Foothills, Vail, and local charter schools.



For more information about the NSF GK-12 Program, please visit nsfgk12.org


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