Outreach

1. Microbiology Summer Camps - Several modules are offered to High School students, which focus on basic principles of research in Microbiology. Camps are coordinated by Dr. Michelle Badon. For more information, follow Mavericks Summer Science Camps.

2. Summer Internship Opportunities for High School Students:

The Melotto lab offers hands-on experience to High School Students interested in applying for college. Students work under the guidance of a research assistant to learn: Basic Molecular Biology Techniques, Microbiology Methods, and Plant Biology.

Mariano Mariano at work! His words: "The Microbiology camp that I did in the Summer of 2010 with Dr. Badon and the internship opportunity that you had this year in your department have given me a greater appreciation of the Life Science profession and further motivation to pursue Life Sciences as my major in college."

3. Upward Bound Math and Science Center (UBMS), UTA:

The Melotto Lab hosts students that participate in the UBMS program each year during the Summer. This program, coordinated by Richard Raleigh, offers research experience to students under-represented in STEM disciplines, including underpriviledged and disadvantaged students in the State of Texas. For more information see UBMS-UTA.

- In 2012, Haley Humphus worked with Nisita in a project to obtain RNA from guard cell protoplasm for RNA-seq.

- In 2011, Lorena Torres participated in the Siemens Competition with a project titles: "Effect of Stress on Quantity and Quality of Plant Leaf RNA". She plans to major in Microbiology in college.

- In 2010, Melanie Mendez participated in the Job Experience Shadowing Program. A great opportunity for students to learn and explore a field of interest, receive mentorship and build their career skills.  

MarianoMelanie Melanie preparing plants for inoculation. Her words: "I thought that Science was boring, but now I am so excited to do science in a real lab!"