Translating University Biosensor Research to a High School Laboratory Experience

  • Caryn Heldt Michigan Technological University, Department of Chemical Engineering, 1400 Townsend Dr. Houghton MI 49931
  • Alex Bank Michigan Technological University, Department of Chemical Engineering, 1400 Townsend Dr. Houghton MI 49931 *
  • Dylan Turpeinen Michigan Technological University, Department of Chemical Engineering, 1400 Townsend Dr. Houghton MI 49931
  • Julia King Michigan Technological University, Department of Chemical Engineering, 1400 Townsend Dr. Houghton MI 49931

Abstract

The need to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates is great. To interest more students into STEM degrees, we made our graphene biosensor research portable, inexpensive and safe to demonstrate technology development to high school students. The students increased their knowledge of biosensors and proteins, and also enjoyed the lab. By exposing the students to socially relevant and technologically advanced science, we can increase the number of students that attain STEM degrees.

Author Biographies

Caryn Heldt, Michigan Technological University, Department of Chemical Engineering, 1400 Townsend Dr. Houghton MI 49931

Caryn L. Heldt is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Her research focuses on the interaction of viruses and proteins with surfaces for the application of removal, purification and detection of viruses and proteins. Dr. Heldt has received an NSF CAREER award and was featured in the Dean’s Teaching Showcase at Michigan Tech.

Alex Bank, Michigan Technological University, Department of Chemical Engineering, 1400 Townsend Dr. Houghton MI 49931 *

Alex Bank is an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering. Alex is a career ambassador through Career Services and actively involved with the Michigan Tech Athletic Department.

Dylan Turpeinen, Michigan Technological University, Department of Chemical Engineering, 1400 Townsend Dr. Houghton MI 49931

Dylan Turpeinen is an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering. Dylan is a coach in the Michigan Tech Math Learning Center and a captain of the Men’s Club Soccer Team.

Julia King, Michigan Technological University, Department of Chemical Engineering, 1400 Townsend Dr. Houghton MI 49931

Julia A. King is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Her research focuses on the creation of carbon composites for thermal and electrical conduction applications. Prior to working at Michigan Tech, Dr. King worked at Exxon USA and DuPont/Conoco for 10 years.

Published
2016-01-27
Section
Manuscripts