Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UMass Amherst

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Biochemistry Club conducts outreach events at Holyoke High School

Thanks to a grant from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), members of the Biochemistry Club were able to take several trips to the Holyoke High School over the course of the Spring 2022 semester to perform hands-on experiments and conduct Q&A panels.

The Holyoke Public School system is currently under state receivership after being designated as chronically underperforming in 2015. The district has been working to increase graduation rates, and as part of this goal, Holyoke High School has been redesigned to let each student choose a pathway that will prepare them for success in college, career, and community leadership. The Biochemistry Club worked specifically with students in the Medical and Life Sciences Pathway to help foster their curiosity in STEM.

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