Basic Science Symposia

The Basic Science Symposia have been an integral part of STARS since its inception. In fact, it was the overwhelming success of the very first symposium, “DNA in Biology and Medicine,” that ultimately led to the development of STARS.

The symposia are presented by UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty and cover a variety of current topics in biomedical research. In order to help teachers infuse this up-to-date information into the classroom, specific learning activities are developed by STARS staff to accompany each symposium. 

Due to increasing demand, the Basic Science Symposia has recently been expanded to include two six-hour symposia and four two-hour “mini-symposia” each school year. Many teachers use these sessions to help fulfill state certification and school district requirements for professional development.

2017–18 Symposia Schedule

2017 Symposia

2018 Symposia

  • January 8, 2018
    "Cutting-Edge Biomedical Engineering"
    Mini-Symposium
    Shawn Burgess, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Advanced Imaging Research Center, Pharmacology
    Jinming Gao, Ph.D., Professor, Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • March 3, 2018
    "Women in Science & Medicine Symposium" – Careers for Women in Biomedicine
    Special-Symposium
  • April 2, 2018
    "Super! Resolution Microscopy – Visualizing Cell Dynamics through Modern Microscopy"
    Mini-Symposium
    Jen Liou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Physiology
    Khuloud Jaqaman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biophysics

2017–18 Teacher In-services

Saturday, December 9, 2017

“Teaching Biotechnology”

Saturday, February 3, 2018

“Using Arduino to Teach Physics and Coding”

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