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MST Students Participate in Hands-on Learning
MST Students Participate in Hands-on Learning
Posted on 08/20/2019
MST Students with their presentation

The future is a bit clearer for two Utica Community Schools juniors after they were selected for a hands-on learning experience about careers in science, technology and health care. 

Stevenson High School students Daria Podgorski and Emily Breton, who also attend the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology, were among 20 students who participated a two-week “FOcuSStem Next Gen” sponsored at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. 

The FocuSStem NextGen Program provides a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines – STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) – in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. 

Podgorski and Breton worked with experts such as laboratory research scientists, physicians, nurses, physicists, phlebotomists and others. 

For both students, the experience helped them determine their future medical career paths: Podgorski will pursue a career oncology while Breton will work in medical research.

“I like the hands-on with a patient,” Podgorski said. “I enjoy it more because I can see its impact firsthand.”

“I have always had more interest in lab work,” Breton said. “It’s about discovering something that hasn’t been discovered before.”

Through the summer experience, both students will both have their MST internship through the Karmanos Cancer Institute.