BioQuest: Empowering future innovators

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Join us on this BioQuest!

BioQuest is a STEM mentoring program designed to give middle and high school students opportunities to explore diverse careers in science, biotechnology, and medicine. In our pilot year, 20 mentors engaged over 75 students from the South Bronx through six enrichment events. We are proud to have co-created this program with our collaborators from Areté Education, BioBus, Hunts Point Alliance for Children, and Weill Cornell Medicine. 

Students and their families gathered together with BioQuest mentors and collaborators for a Kick-Off Breakfast in September. Everyone enjoyed breakfast, participated in a scavenger hunt activity, and learned more about the new STEM mentoring program. After the launch, students and mentors explored hands-on microscope activities with BioBus at the Hunts Point Back to School Fair. 

RTW Investments hosted its first-ever career day as a part of the inaugural year of BioQuest. RTW Investments is a life science investment and innovation firm dedicated to solving the most challenging, unmet patient needs. RTW originates companies, fuels growth, and nurtures the most promising science and medicine. Students learned about career paths in biotech and science, participated in activities with their mentors, met our CEO, and explored the investment firm offices.

BioQuest teamed up with Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS to create a unique experience for middle school and high school students from the South Bronx on November 2nd. For the first time ever, JLABS @ NYC hosted students to explore their eye-catching incubator space for startup companies in the life sciences and healthcare industry. Mentors from the BioQuest by RTW Foundation team led hands-on lab activities including extracting DNA from strawberries, team pipette racing, and a video demonstration of robotics technology used in the lab. Students got to explore the space, engage with their mentors, and meet the Head of JLABS US Northeast. Many of these students had never been to an incubator space before and this event was an inspiring experience for them to consider a potential future career in the life science industry.

Students and mentors explored multicellular organisms with the BioBus team using microscopes and other features of their mobile lab. Through hands-on experiments participants hypothesized and discovered how organisms reacted to changes in their environment.

BioQuest students designed solutions to community health challenges in teams with their mentors. Students pitched their innovative ideas and "invested" in the most impactful proposals. 

 

Students, mentors, and collaborators enjoyed a day at the Liberty Science Center followed by a graduation celebration for students who participated in our inaugural year of the BioQuest program! 

Program Collaborators

Many organizations are coming together to make this program possible. Learn about the key players collaborating to make this program engaging and exciting for our young innovators.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson Innovation's mission is to unlock the potential of life science innovation no matter where it originates. Their teams aim to solve the world’s toughest health challenges and drive scientific breakthroughs that improve health for everyone, everywhere. They know that a great idea can come from anywhere and are proud of their strong track record of cultivating innovation and pairing their deep internal know-how with some of the most promising external innovation from around the globe.

Hunts Point Alliance for Children

Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC) aims to expand the hopes and potential of Hunts Point children—nurturing young scholars along their path to college or career by unifying a diverse collective of community organizations to connect every family with the resources they deserve.

Areté Education

Areté Education provides academic, social, and emotional support to students while working hand in hand with the schools students attend. They extend the traditional school day with learning experiences that are fully integrated into school communities.

BioBus

BioBus helps NYC students K-12+ to discover, explore, and pursue science. They focus on students excluded from the scientific community due to factors such as race, gender, economic status, and physical access.

Weill Cornell Medicine

For over 100 years, Weill Cornell Medicine has been a community of world-class physicians, researchers and educators committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world.