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Students invited to forensic whodunit at Biotech open house

Northern Virginia Community College’s Biotechnology instructors invite junior and senior high school students and current NOVA students to take part in a forensic “whodunit” exercise using DNA analysis during a spring open house.

On May 16, two one-hour lab exercises will be offered at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus to students interested in learning more about a career in forensics and biomedical research.

During each hands-on exercise for students, an informational session will be held separately for parents. NOVA counselors will be available to discuss financial aid, payment plans and scholarships.

Biotechnology is an exciting field focusing on cutting-edge scientific techniques and applications. Working in the field requires extensive training and an understanding of cellular and molecular biology. Biotechnology is different than biology; for example, in environmental biotechnology bacteria can be used to clean up different pollutants or to create new, alternate fuel sources.

Senior high school students can apply directly to NOVA’s Biotechnology program. The most successful biotechnology majors share several characteristics: they are curious about how the world works, have a desire to help others, have  an aptitude for working with their hands, pay attention to details, enjoy collaborating with others and strive to be lifelong learners.


Two hands-on exercises for students and two concurrent information sessions will be held on Thurs., May 16, 2013. The first class and information session will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; the second will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Northern Virginia Community College, 1000 Campus Drive, Sterling, VA 20164
The open house will be held in the Natural Science Building (LS) in Room 134.


There is no cost to attend the open house, but reservations are required. Class sizes are limited.


To register for this event, or for more information, contact Cathy Hall at cehall@nvcc.edu or 703.948.7707. Additional information on NOVA’s Biotechnology program is available online: http://www.nvcc.edu/manassas/biotech/.

Media Contact: Corey Byers | 703.425.5847 | CByers@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.