How does one become a scientist? For many young people, the journey begins or intersects with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). The institute’s pathway programs offer a variety of entry points for students interested in biotechnology, AI, genetics, and other leading fields. These range from year-long research and education programs to weekly summer camps and single-day events.
On October 7, the CSHL School of Biological Sciences (SBS) will host an Open House for undergraduate students. As part of the institute’s ongoing efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusivity in science, the event’s organizers have partnered with local colleges and universities to bring in students from underserved communities.
The SBS Open House was first held in 2019. For the past three years, it’s been offered virtually, but now the event is back on campus. The schedule includes a guided tour along with presentations from SBS students and faculty as well as Postbaccalaureate Research & Education Program (PREP) Scholars. Attendees will also hear from graduate students about their road to joining a Ph.D. program.
“The undergrads get to meet current graduate students who they could become one day,” says Monn Monn Myat.
Myat is a former participant in the CSHL’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP). She now serves as associate dean of the SBS and director of URP and PREP. Recent event attendees have followed similar pathways. “Two students who attended the Open House in 2020 and 2021 applied and became part of the 2022 Ph.D. class.”