Outreach Partners

Many educational programs utilize our plastinate collection for teaching and outreach. Modern Human Anatomy graduate students are involved in all of these events, which showcases our program's dedication to outreach and community service.

WELCOME

The WELCOME Program is an educational outreach program for urban middle and high school students that highlights opportunities in STEM and healthcare careers.

Who: We collaborate with Colorado UpLift to reach middle and high school students from Aurora and Denver Public Schools. Many come from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds with limited access to STEM activities, resources, and opportunities.

What: The WELCOME Program stands for WELCOME = WEllness, Learning, and Career Orientation MEntorship. The goal of the program is to teach students about the brain and expose them to opportunities in STEM and healthcare careers. Participants engage in:

  • Science lessons on neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change as well as the students’ individual ability to change)
  • Hands-on activities in anatomy laboratories with real human brains and other organs from our plastination library
  • Life skills focused on brain resiliency and how to manage stress and anxiety
  • Career panel that introduces students to various healthcare and STEM professions

Where: Our program hosts middle school field trips on the Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as travels to local high school campuses.

How to get involved: If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lindsey Milgrom (lindsey.milgrom@cuanschutz.edu), Project Manager or Dr. Maureen Stabio (maureen.stabio@cuanschutz.edu), Program Director

For more information, check out these two articles from CUAnchutz Today featuring our middle school field trips and high school mental health workshops.

Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Goal: Expose high school students to health professions careers and to healthy lifestyles.  

Participants: High school students from across the entire state of Colorado.

Visit the AHEC home page to learn more.

Camp Neuro

Goal: Introduction for any high school student interested in exploring a career in medicine or psychology.

Participants: High school students.

Role of Plastinates: An opportunity for high school students to learn about the brain and have a chance to interact with real and plastinated brain tissue.​

Visit the Camp Neuro home page to learn more.

Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB) Day

Goal: Expose high school students to health professions careers and to healthy lifestyles.  

Participants: High school students from across the entire state of Colorado.

Role of Plastinates: This program utilizes our plastinates to allow students to view real human brains alongside wet specimens in the lab. ​

Visit the CDB home page to learn more.

Aurora Public Schools CareerTrek

Goal: Expose students to different career opportunities.

Participants: 8th graders from Aurora Public Schools.

Role of Plastinates: We bring plastinates as part of our program's graduate school recruitment table to expose students to real organs they can hold and see and expose them to science and health careers.


CU Pre-Health Day

Goal: A host of multiple programs on campus providing booths and program overviews to students.

Participants: High school students and undergraduate students

Role of Plastinates: We utilize plastinates to showcase our program and to allow potential students to visualize and interact with real human tissue.


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