Friday, February 11, 2011

Sharing Science

MGHers volunteer at Timilty science fair

Science Stars: Anna Larson, a clinical research assistant in the MGH Department of Neurology, left, listens as Timilty student Raneisha Gay explains her science project

In addition to their daily work at the hospital, approximately 50 MGH employees took on a new responsibility as judges of the annual science fair held at the James P. Timilty Middle School in Roxbury.

The MGHers volunteered their time from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 through the MGH/Timilty Partnership, a program of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI). The MGHers -- some of whom attended the event on multiple days -- spent time talking with the students about their projects and later voting on them. Students with the highest-scoring projects moved on to the school finals, where some may be selected to present their projects at Boston's citywide science fair.

Many of the judges also helped mentor the students in creating the projects.Of the 500 presented, 52 projects were from students mentored by MGH employees, who had met weekly with the students since early October to help them refine and research their projects.

"I will most certainly volunteer as a judge or mentor again next year and in the years to come," says Ayguen Sahin, PhD, a researcher in the Department of Neurosurgery, who volunteered through the MGH/Timilty Partnership for the first time this year. "It is an excellent way to get out of our busy schedules, connect with our community and share our scientific experiences with younger generations."

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