High School Students Today are the Scientists of Tomorrow
Thank you to the Marshall Foundation for the generous donation to support 60 scholarships in Tucson area schools. Read more at UANews. If you would like to apply, see below for details.
MCB 101 and MCB 102 in High School
What are MCB 101 and MCB 102?
MCB 101 and 102 are designed to introduce high school students into the University of Arizona, College of Science. MCB 101 will emphasize biotechnology including careers in biotechnology, history and applications of recombinant DNA technology and the human genome project, and laboratory safety practices. Students are introduced to a variety of techniques used in biotechnology and molecular biology using the equipment necessary in a research or industrial setting. MCB 102 allows students to perfect biotechnology techniques, learn to read research papers, and be exposed to cutting edge research at the University of Arizona. It includes advanced biotechnological techniques, fundamentals of cell biology and genetics, applications of biotechnology, bioethics, and careers in biotechnology. This course offers a unique opportunity to motivated high school students who possess a strong interest in pursuing advanced education in bioscience and biomedical science. Through laboratory activities and field-based research, students will conduct independent research in an active laboratory, and learn to communicate. The novel scientific research will be presented at the Southern Arizona Region Science Fair (SARSEF).
Techniques learned in MCB 101/MCB 102
Students are expected to develop skills in Pipetting, Solution Preparation, Serial Dilutions, Standard Curve, Spectrophotometry, Bacterial Transformation, DNA and Protein Gel Electrophoresis, Sterile Technique, Microbiology, PCR, BLAST, DNA Sequence Alignment, Protein Purification, Western Blot, ELISA and Enzyme Activity. In addition students will learn to read research papers and learn to communicate their own research, conduct novel scientific research and present their researchat the Southern Arizona Region Science Fair (SARSEF).
How Do Students Enroll?
Students from participating high schools are allowed to enroll as a University of Arizona, non-degree seeking student. Online application will be submitted through admissions during the students' classes. Registration will happen in December and January and will collect the information necessary to enroll in either MCB 101 and MCB 102. Please note that tuition billed for MCB 101 and 102 has been reduced by 80% of the normal university tuition. MCB 101 and 102 are concurrent high school courses and therefore high school credit will be granted as well.
Where Will MCB 101 and MCB 102 be Taught and by Whom?
MCB 101 and MCB 102 are taught on high school campuses in both Tucson and Phoenix, by a certified teacher with extensive experience in laboratory sciences. MCB 101 and 102 teachers are Career and Technology Education (CTE) certified, and have received additional training through the UA’s BIOTECH Project. Participating Tucson high schools and teachers are listed in the table below.
|Flowing Wells||Jessica Dietrich||Tucson|
|Flowing Wells||Ashley Hayes||Tucson|
|Mountain View||Lynne Cote||Marana|
|Canyon Del Oro||Dr. Carolyn Zeiher||Tucson|
|Tucson Magnet||Dr. Margaret Wilch||Tucson|
|Tucson Magnet||Jeremy Jonas||Tucson|
|Pueblo Magnet||Dr. Andrew Lettes||Tucson|
|Pueblo Magnet||Elaine Straub||Tucson|
|Andrada Polytechnic||Anne Turner||Vail|
|Salpointe||Dr. Rick Heupel||Tucson|
Participating Phoenix high schools and teachers are listed in the table below.
|Mountain View||Allison McCaw||Mesa|
|Mountain View||Randall Kirby||Mesa|
|Red Mountain||Katy Gazda||Mesa|
|Paradise Valley||Marni Landry||Phoenix|
|Paradise Valley||Michelle Landreville||Phoenix|
|Marcos de Niza||Taylor Miller||Tempe|
|Desert Vista||Jeremy Williams||Tempe|