Outreach: Get Involved
The following Outreach programs are sponsored by the Biomedical Graduate Student Organization (BGSO). BGSO works to create a unique, exciting environment that embraces all types of learners and promotes growth both academically and personally. Read below to learn about the three programs that BGSO has held!
Bobby Murphy and Lyndsay Young chair the Community Outreach Committee for BGSO. To get involved, visit: https://ukbgso.wixsite.com/website
Our first event, Biobonanza, was a collaboration with the biology department to showcase research from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Medicine at UK.
We heavily advertised this event to all schools in the six surrounding counties and more than 300 families attended the event.
Sixteen different labs presented STEM research as approachable and enjoyable activities for K-12 students.
For our next event, we partnered with a local elementary school, Millcreek Elementary, to take over an entire day of science classes. During “Enrichment Friday,” we combined a 15-minute lecture with hands-on experiments of lava lamps and oil paintings for more than 500 students in grade levels K-5. We walked the students through the scientific method to promote the idea that anyone can be a scientist. 500 students were taught what a scientist is and how the scientific process works. At the end of the event, Millcreek Elementary school teachers informed us that they knew there are some future scientists in the group!
Finally, Girls: Engineering, Mathematics & Science (GEMS) is an annual event organized by the College of Engineering at UK that teaches young girls about STEM science, the scientific method, and daily science life–primarily from women already in STEM careers. We sent two groups to perform DNA extractions from strawberries and demonstrate the role of enzymes in lactose intolerance. We had roughly 200 girls we interacted with at GEMS.