Attracting College and High School Students to STEM
Dr. Shen’s lab hosted a Regional Computational Biophysics Symposium for students and postdocs on June 23, 2017. We had 53 registered participants including 9 junior and senior local high school students. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from DC/Baltimore/Delaware colleges gave 17 short talks covering a range of topics, including state-of-the-art molecular simulations of proteins, lipids, polysaccharides, transmembrane proteins as well as computational protein design, coarse-grained and polarizable models.
This summer, Dr. Shen is hosting two high school interns. These students are offered opportunity to gain hands-on experience of modeling kinases which are major drug targets for cancer treatment, while learning biology, chemistry, physics, math and computer science related to the topic.