April 29, 2011 5:41 AM
Photos by Paula Burch-Celentano
Inspiring high school students to “get excited about science” is the goal of Beth Wee’s service-learning class this semester, called “Bringing Research to the Community.” The undergraduates in Wee’s class, who are cell and molecular biology and neuroscience majors with experience in research labs, recently hosted a field trip to Tulane by students from the New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School. The high school group, from an advanced placement biology class, took laboratory tours at Tulane and watched research presentations by the Tulane students. Wee says her students’ message is, “Science is fun! I’m doing research, and you can do research, too, when you get to college.” The co-director of the undergraduate and master's neuroscience programs and associate dean for undergraduate studies in the School of Science and Engineering, she is teaching the course again this fall.
High school students listen as Tulane science majors David Hart, left, and Andrew Tumen present their research on mechanisms of estrogen hormones.
Laboratory utensils are ready for student experiments in the Neuroscience Learning Center in Stern Hall on the uptown campus.
Tulane student Evan Landers talks about thyroid hormone research and its effects on learning and memory.
A water maze demonstration captures the attention of students from the Science and Math High School.
Ryan Kissee, left, demonstrates electrophysiology to the students. Kissee is a Tulane science student.
Tulane students and faculty welcome their high school visitors in the Neuroscience Learning Center.
Beth Wee, right, is proud of the work by her undergraduate students in the science presentations. The Tulane students are, back row from left, Evan Landers, Jeff Darling, Tom Gurley and David Hart, and front row, Jeremy Hantz and Ryan Kissee.
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