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IND’s Biomedical Sciences Program Boasts 11 Grads

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Four years after IND partnered with Project Lead the Way® to bring its acclaimed Biomedical Sciences Program to the Institute of Notre Dame, the school honored its first 11 program graduates—all college bound for careers in biomedical or health-related fields.
 
Four years after IND partnered with Project Lead the Way® to bring its acclaimed Biomedical Sciences Program to the Institute of Notre Dame, the school honored its first 11 program graduates—all college bound for careers in biomedical or health-related fields.

At last night’s Baccalaureate Mass at St. Matthew’s celebrating the Class of 2013, 11 seniors received certificates of completion. “This program is designed for the curious student who has an interest in the sciences, particularly human biology, health and disease,” said Science Teacher Margaret Gessler M.D., who began IND’s Biomedical Sciences Program. “It includes four sequential courses that are in addition to the science curriculum required for graduation.
It’s a challenging program that requires significant dedication and independent work.”

Biomedical science is a combination of science and human health related topics. Students role-play biomedical professionals, thinking through the challenges facing modern medicine: including physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health. They explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, working together to investigate and design innovative solutions to the health challenges of the 21st century such as fighting cancer with nanotechnology.

Dr. Gessler said the students performed well beyond her expectations. “Their performance will be the benchmark by which all other classes will be measured,” she said.

IND’s Biomedical Sciences Program has grown significantly. With the Class of 2017, 113 students will be enrolled in the program. Plus IND’s 11 graduates are likely to gain college credit for the courses they’ve taken, since Project Lead the Way has partnerships with colleges and universities that allow its courses to count toward college credit.

The students who were recognized for completing IND’s Biomedical Sciences Program were:
Sarah Brown ’13
Sarah Duffy ’13
Tyler Fletcher ’13
Morgan Hawkins ’13
Kelsey Roberts ’13
Rita Ugorji ’13
Tochi Unegbu ’13
Rebecca Walczak ’13
Rachel Walker ’13
Alexandra Young ’13
Catherine Znamirowski ’13
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