GREENFIELD — Greenfield-Central High School junior Heather Hummel recently participated in the pre-college Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute at Purdue University.
MASI is a one-week science-packed residential program offered to academically talented and gifted Indiana high school students interested in the plant and life sciences and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines.
“The purpose of the program is to promote and advance the STEM disciplines in Indiana’s youth through agriculture,” according to Amy Jones, plant sciences recruitment and outreach coordinator in the College of Agriculture’s Office of Academic Programs.
The MASI works to cultivate an affinity for science and technology at a time when students make decisions about college majors and careers. The goal of the program is to make STEM fun, interesting, and rewarding through hands-on lab activities designed to build students’ research and problem-solving skills.