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Research Project for High-school Students: Simulation of Bioreactors in Computers by Laypersons

An effortable STEM research project high school students can do on computers at anytime from anywhere

            As an educator in biochemical engineering, Dr.Huang was surprised to find U.S. college students do not thrive in math compared to many other countries in the world.  Furthermore, high school and college students can tend to lose interest in math-related work. This can be explained by the lack of STEM outreach activities designed specifically to motivate U.S. high school students with authentic problem-based or design learning of mathematical modeling. To maintain the U.S. position as a competitive, influential powerful country in the world, the U.S. is seeking an increased STEM workforce. In line with this goal, Dr.Huang  wrote a book that provides interesting, doable, and affordable research projects a layperson can do on computers at anytime from anywhere.  
        This book summarizes five-year successful practice with laypersons in modeling (e.g., more than 20 college and high-school students). It aims to provide interesting, doable, and affordable research projects for a layperson who does not have a strong academic foundation in mathematical modeling, engineering, and biology. In this book, readers can explore their interest in research on bioenergy, bioreactors used in pharmaceutical industry, and human diseases (e.g., HIV infection and cancer cells).  The book introduces MATLAB and R platforms that make mathematical modeling fun and relevant. It helps readers build confidence, interest and modeling skills in bioenergy, biopharma and medical research. Recorded videos and codes are provided with step-by-step instructions for each example. The author hopes this book can pass on his passion for bio-modeling to next generations. Previous high-school readers reported that the book project helped them get accepted by schools like Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell University; previous college readers got accepted by biopharma companies and medical schools.

More information about the book can be found in the following link