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Local high school students attend Bayer Lectureship

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

High school students from across the Pine Belt got a behind-the-scenes look into science related fields at the University of Southern Mississippi Wednesday.

The students toured the Polymer Science building and participated in related demonstrations. They also heard from guest speaker Dr. Geoggery Coastes from Cornell University, who spoke about the polymer science field.

From here, students took to Lake Thoreau, where they received hands-on look into several biological science related research projects, ranging from gopher tortoise habitats to cardinal bird behavior studies.

The event was a partnership with the National Science Foundation GK-12 grant, which places graduates students pursuing Ph. D.'s in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and polymer science, into local high school classrooms for upwards of 10 hours a week.

"What we hope to do with this program is to get these students interested in science, and realize it's not some foreign concept... that it's hard," explained Kim Wingo, Project Manager GK-12. "That there really is things that they are interested in. Improving quality of life, and improving the environment, and learning more about animals. They can go into science and do what some of these researchers do."

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