The UA SRP was approached by Rachel L. Zenuk, an MPH student and Susan B. Komen, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, to provide laboratory services and training for a new Biotechnology curriculum at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Arizona. With the support of their science teacher, Anna Heyer, Mike Kopplin, UA SRP Hazard Identification Core (HIC) Specialist, analyzed student’s home drinking water samples to educate them regarding arsenic levels in their homes and, if applicable, from their private wells. Additionally, Monica Ramirez, UA SRP Research Translation Core coordinator, gave presentations to the students regarding the UA SRP research projects and highlighted careers in environmental health and science.
The UA SRP is one of the first partnerships to be established at Flowing Wells High School.
As many of the students prepare to become first-generation college students, the UA SRP is delighted to provide research experiences and scientific presentations. The UA SRP is honored to be a part of Ms. Zenuk's goal to integrate public health research into the Flowing Wells high school’s science curriculum.