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Cary Student Poster Honored

Eerum Husain, 15, an artistic sophomore at Green Hope High School in Cary, has won $250 and second-place honors in a biotechnology poster competition involving hundreds of students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades throughout the United States and Canada.

Husain's biology teacher, Master Teacher Rebecca Townsend, has been involved in numerous educational outreach programs with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Townsend was subsequently nominated by the Biotech Center a few years ago, and sponsored by Syngenta, to attend the National Biotechnology Teacher-Leader Program accompanying the annual BIO international conference, where she encountered the Biotechnology Institute's Lilly BioDreaming Poster Competition, sponsored by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly.

As a result, Townsend encouraged Husain to create a poster this year and enter it into the competition. She did, and the quality of the work led to the cash, the honor and the chance to display her artwork, as one of the top 12 finalists, during the Biotechnology Institute's Conference on Biotechnology Education, to be held April 30 through May 5 in Chicago.

The winning posters will also be displayed during the BIO 2010 International Convention, where more than 20,000 convention attendees from around the world can view them.

"I wanted to say thank you and that you directly impact students' lives," said Townsend, in proudly announcing her student's success to Bill Schy, Ph.D., manager of the Biotechnology Center's education and training program.

"We strongly believe that providing opportunities for talented and dedicated teachers like yourself pays big dividends in the impact that you have on your students," Schy responded. "We love to hear about results like these. Just keep 'em coming!"

Each year the Biotechnology Institute invites all public and private school children and youth organizations to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the public understanding of the promise and challenges of biotechnology through the poster competition.

Founded by members of the biotechnology community in 1998, the Biotechnology Institute is an independent, national nonprofit organization based in Arlington, VA. It's dedicated to educating teachers, students and the public about the promise and challenges of biotechnology.

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