NIH Science Day is an opportunity to “cell-e-brate science.”
Now in its fifth year, “Science Day at NIH” was once again celebrated with pep rallies, speakers, & hands on activities—all celebrating science & health careers.
Nearly 500 students from 11 DC-area middle & high schools attended the event on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland, in May where they were presented with a wide array of science & health care activities & career options.
Co-sponsored by the National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities (NIMHD), the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Friends of the NLM, & the nonprofit Mentoring in Medicine, Science Day at NIH seeks to promote diversity in the biomedical workforce. The overarching goal of the event is to inspire students to explore careers in health care and science. The students—many of them African American or Latino—participated in hands-on activities and presentations about biomedical research career options from a diverse group of scientists & other NIH staff.
After a high-energy pep rally for science, students heard remarks by NLM Director Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan (via video); NLM Deputy Director Jerry Sheehan; NIMHD Director Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable; & NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity Dr. Hannah Valantine.
Dr. Jeff Day describes how he applies his medical degree to creating cartoons & videos about medical topics.
“This is a great opportunity for all of us here at the National Institutes of Health to welcome you and showcase what we do to contribute to the health of society, through biomedical discoveries,…