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Science Career Projects

Science and technology, and the various forms of art, all unite humanity in a single and interconnected system.

--Zhores Aleksandrovich Medvedev

Project 1: Investigating Careers

Have students read through the career descriptions on the Careers in Life Science page, and ask them to choose one field that interests them. Then have students do further research on the field by looking in job directories or by contacting the organization(s) listed in the For Additional Information sections on the Careers in Life Science page. Ask students to collect information concerning the skills needed for the position, the salary range they could expect, the level of education needed, and the types of positions available within the field. Have students present their findings as a written or oral report.

Project 2: Investigating Jobs

To give students a feeling for the number of different types of careers available in biology, have them search through the classified sections of newspapers and science magazines. Ask students to list the different fields and positions that require a background in the life sciences. Then have students create their own classified section that contains all the different types of ads they find.

Project 3: Identifying Opportunities

Divide the class into small groups. Ask each group to research science career opportunities in their community. Then have each group create a pamphlet that would attract other people to a selected career.

Project 4: Choosing a Field

Have students read through the career descriptions in the Careers in Life Science page. Then ask them to choose one field that interests them. Have students develop a plan for a career in that field. The plan should include the type of preparation required, the steps the student would take to enter the field, and the advantages and disadvantages of such a job.

Project 5: Interviewing Scientists

Have teams of students interview a person who uses science in his or her job. Before the interview, have students brainstorm potential interview questions. Ask students to select the best questions and to decide on the best ways to ask the questions. Then have each group write a summary report about the occupation that includes information on the person's schooling, job responsibilities, and experience.

Project 6: Understanding the Team

Explain to students that there are many different positions available in scientific research. Divide the class into small groups, and have each group research one of the following positions: lab assistant, lab technician, research associate, postdoctoral research scientist, scientist, associate scientific director, scientific director, and project manager. Ask each group to write a description of the position and present it to the class. Then have the class compare and contrast the different positions, including the advantages and disadvantages of each, and discuss how individuals in each position support individuals in the other positions.

Project 7: Working Outside the Lab

Have students investigate the types of jobs people interested in science can pursue outside the laboratory. Suggest that they contact places such as museums, libraries, newspapers, health facilities, farms, national parks, and so forth, to find out what sorts of roles life scientists can have in those areas.

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