University program seeks to connect small-town students with potential science careers

science-programWhen University of Wisconsin researchers study stem cells, they typically seek to create skin and organs. This summer, their goal was to create scientists.

Some 22 small-town high school students and teachers joined UW-Madison students and researchers this month in donning lab coats and blue plastic gloves to experiment with live human stem cells, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The four-day camp on campus hosted by the Morgridge Institute for Research was part of a program that encourages science careers and aims to give rural students chances they wouldn’t ordinarily get.

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