Michigan DNA Day

Christina Vallianatos

PhD ’19

Michigan DNA Day is an extension of National DNA Day, which was created to commemorate the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953, and the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. Our mission is to build a bridge between Michigan’s leading research institutions and high school science classrooms to promote and enhance science education in our state. This is facilitated through matching a MI scientist with a MI high school science teacher and creating an opportunity for the scientist to share their experiences and passion for science with that teacher’s classroom. Our program allows high school students to learn about important scientific issues and spark interest in scientific research and potential scientific careers. Our vision is to reach as many schools across Michigan as possible with an emphasis on serving those that have limited exposure to career scientists. It is our pledge to focus our efforts toward cultivating the minds of the next generation of scientific leaders for the benefit of the local and global community.

Library Mentors: Diana Perpich & Marci Brandenburg