Finding creative ways to continue to work through the pandemic, the Institute has positively impacted workforce development in the life sciences community in 2020. Learn more in the 2020 Annual Impact Report.

Odalis Castro

Colorado BioScience Institute Mentor Program Participant

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

“When it comes to building your career, focusing on graduating isn’t enough to lead to new opportunities,” says Odalis Castro, dual-campus bioengineering student of University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus. As a first-generation college student, Colorado-born Odalis has practiced the art of relationship building to open new doors to new experiences, including participating in the Colorado BioScience Institute’s Mentor Program with Institute Board Member, Michael Mestek, Ph.D. as her mentor.

To other students, her advice is initiative is key to being an advocate for your future. “If you aren’t sure the right path to take – take that class or reach out to that professor who might know someone that can help you. If you’re not afraid to take those extra steps, you’ll be surprised how willing others are to be a guide.” Making connections and considering all opportunities to start getting involved and stay involved is always valuable. Colorado’s life sciences ecosystem continues to inspire future innovators and increase and diversify our talent pipeline through connections and the Institute's workforce development trainings and STEM education programs for students, teachers, and professionals at all levels.

 

Find out more about Odalis' success and future plans including her next journey conduct research in Poland through the Fulbright Program.

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Shanna Atzmiller

Research Experience for Teachers

Bear Creek High School

Shanna Atzmiller spends most of her year teaching at Bear Creek High School. But on her recent summer breaks, she's in the labs of Colorado bioscience companies.

 

Her experiences are changing the way she teaches and introducing her students to their own potential in science careers.

 

"My students have a sense of accomplishment that I haven't seen in my classroom before, they feel that they are learning science better because they are working through real world science techniques and problems."

 

RET is helping classrooms like Shanna’s make important contributions to the future of the industry. 

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Abby Wright

Executive Leadership

Biodesix, Inc.

Abby Wright loves her job as at Biodesix, Inc.

 

Abby reached her ideal position with some help from the Colorado BioScience Institute’s Executive Leadership program.

 

“Through Colorado BioScience Institute’s Executive Leadership Program, I was assigned a mentor who has founded and run multiple biotech companies, and he and the program director have provided really insightful, constructive advice"

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Check out the Institute's past accomplishments in the 2019 Impact Report.

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