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Have you ever had a mentor that made an impact in your life? Are you passionate about your career?  Volunteer as a mentor with the Biotech Institute, a small learning community on the Carlmont campus (20 miles south of San Francisco in Belmont, CA).

The BTI mentor program will pair students with professionals to discuss both academic and career goals.  While the curriculum is focused on science, the student’s career interests are wide ranging from business and technology to medicine and law. The commitment is approximately 2 hours per month, with most interactions via email and 3-4 face-to-face meetings over the course of the school year.  If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a mentor, the first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6th and the program concludes on May 2.  For  more information, please view the BTI flyer, the BTI website and Frequently Asked Questions.  Please contact Faith Velschow, Mentor Program Director, via email at fvelschow@seq.org or via phone at 650-591-7502.

Volunteer at the Biotech Symposium – Thursday, October 4th from 9:45 am to 11:30 am.

The Biotech Institute (BTI) is a small learning community at Carlmont High School with a focus on science education and experience.  As part of our unique approach to reaching students, we are holding a Biotech Symposium in which we invite professionals to campus to bring students cutting edge information on the technology and career paths available. We will start the day with a keynote speaker and then hold 2 additional sessions:

  • Session 1 (9:45-10:35 am): Career Roundtables – professionals will speak in a small group format about their career, educational background, give a brief job description and offer the pros & cons of their field.  Students will have 15 minutes with each professional and then rotate to the next.  Ideally professionals from a wide variety of careers will be represented including science professionals and business professionals in a technology or biotech company.
  • Session 2 (10:45-11:30 am): Hot Topics – professionals will each speak on a different hot topic in their field.  This will also be three rotations of 15 minutes each, in which the professional can introduce the concept, provide a bit of background information to understand the technology, it’s promise and the ethical issues regarding its use.  Proposed topics: Nanotechnology, Stem cells, Gene therapy, and Vaccines.

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