High schoolers in American Samoa study molecular biology

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Photo: J. Jyothibhavan
Samoana High School students Princess Pulu, Theresa Ping, Rudy Fiso, Diana Uhrle, Finiana Finau, and Fernandez Gago check out the bands composed of segments of DNA on an electrophoresis gel in a molecular biology lab at ASCC.

STEP UP aims to increase the number of Pacific Islanders and other underrepresented persons entering careers in biomedical research.

In addition to the Molecules of Life Explorations program, STEP-UP American Samoa offers summer internships with local scientist mentors for selected high school juniors and seniors. ASCC-CNR and Doe-OCI work together to implement both the Molecules of Life program and the STEP-UP summer internships program in the territory.

“For the most part, the students have done a great job,” said Dr. Joserose, “and based on the success of the program so far, we hope to offer Molecules of Life again during the next academic year beginning August 2016.”

For further information on Molecules of Life, contact Dr. Joserose Jyothibhavan or Ms. Magdalene Augafa-Leauanae of DoE-OCI 699-6516, or Dr. Mark Schmaedick of ASCC-CNR at 699-9155.

(Source: American Samoa Community College Press Release)