Northern Michigan University's School of Clinical Sciences is hosting its second annual Open Lab Day. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, and takes place in rooms and labs around The Science Building.
The event was coordinated by Sherida Riipi, executive administrative assistant for the School of Clinical Sciences. She said that they had an impressive turnout last year, with more than 150 high school students from across the Upper Peninsula participating.
“It was a great way to showcase our labs,” Riipi said. “We have very hands-on labs in the clinical sciences departments, and the students loved it. So, we wanted to bring it back again this year.”
There are five different labs available to attend: clinical science, surgical technology, radiography, speech and language, and the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center. Some of the labs will be hands-on, with the surgical technology lab having participants scrub-in as though they were going into a surgery. Others, like the speech and language lab, will allow student volunteers and instructors to sit in on actual therapy with the clients.
“[These labs] lean more toward high school students who are interested in a health career,” Riipi said. “If anyone has an interest in these labs, though, they're more than welcome to stop by. Each of the labs will give a ticket to each attendee who enters, for a chance to win prizes and a lunch.”
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