MNCEME receives a Regenerative Medicine MN Education grant for 2016

MNCEME is pleased to announce that Interim STEM Outreach Director, Stephanie Zojonc was one of four recipients of 2016 Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Education (Gades 3-12) Grants.

In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature created Regenerative Medicine Minnesota (RMM) as a joint venture between the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic with the goal of establishing infrastructure and supporting research that would bring the benefits of regenerative medicine to the citizens of the state.

The 2016 Education Program (Grades 3-12) grant awardees:

Amanda K. Golden, MLIS, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Pilot program in 12 Minnesota public schools to engage 3rd-8th grade students in science, medicine, and engineering. By giving them exposure to the fascinating science of stem cells and regenerative medicine using resources and activities appropriate for their learning needs, this program is designed to prepare and inspire future generations of scientists and engineers from Minnesota.

Anna Wirta Kosobuski, EdD, University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth
Three community-based summer programs that provide science, math, and research educational opportunities for 3rd-6th grade children from the Bois Forte, Grand Portage, Red Lake, and Leech Lake communities. A fourth program provides opportunities for 7th-12th grade Native American students to explore science and regenerative medicine in classroom and hands-on lab activities as they participate in the Center of American Indian and Minority Health on-campus residential summer programs at the U of MN Medical School Duluth.

SCRUBS Camps, HealthForce Minnesota
Misun L. Bormann, MS, Winona State University (five programs)
Leah Meredith, MS, St. Cloud State University (new program)
Tracy K. Wilson, MBA, Saint Paul College
Week-long regional summer camps provide middle and high school students from all socioeconomic backgrounds practical experience working and learning in real-life university clinics and laboratories. Students learn about career and education opportunities in regenerative medicine. Ms. Bormann also coordinates with Dr. Daughters (MRMEOP, below) to develop and distribute regenerative medicine curriculum to teachers throughout the state.

Stephanie Zojonc, MS, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Girls Explore STEM Camp immerses middle school students in activities in science, regenerative medicine, technology, engineering, and math while showing them possible career paths and role models in these fields. Ms. Zojonc also collaborates with Dr. Daughters and his undergraduate students to create and present the regenerative medicine modules of the program.

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