Friday, January 28th 9am-2pm
Biotech Day is an annual event run by the Biological Sciences faculty at KU Edwards Campus (KUEC), consisting of the Applied Biological Sciences and Biotechnology Programs. The event includes games, speakers, a science film break, and the opportunity to participate in a Flash Science Fair. Attendees will also hear presentations from current KU students, network with KU students and faculty, and have the chance to sign up as volunteers to work in the laboratory with KU science students.
The KU FLASH Science Fair Project
The Flash Science Fair is a program engaging high school students with abbreviated science projects that can be carried out in no more than 1-2 months. Each Fair is different and involves using data and scenarios presented at a given date, which must then be mastered and completed by Biotech Day. At the Biotech Day event, high school students will present posters on their project which will be judged by science faculty and other invited science professionals. An award will be given to at least one top-performing entry and their names will be engraved on the Flash Science Fair plaque located in the Regents Center laboratory hallway.
Disease Biomarkers: Creating an in-home test for PSA, a protein correlated with prostate cancer
PSA (prostate-specific antigen) is used as a biomarker to screen for prostate cancer in men. For my project, I want to develop an at-home test strip to assess PSA levels. The test strip will be designed to detect blood levels of PSA that exceed 3 ng/mL, which is the established threshold for a positive result in clinical testing. The broader goal of this project is to make it easier and cheaper for men to screen for prostate cancer. The increased ease and accessibility of this at-home test will hopefully decrease the number of deaths caused from delayed clinical testing.