Honors students tour Hormel Institute

Biology tour

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AUSTIN, MN — Research is being done all of the time that is over many of our heads but some that may be aspiring to be in the scientific study field got quite an experience Friday.

It is a world renowned research facility that just happens to sit in the heart of Austin.

“We’re really lucky to have Hormel Institute here in Austin pretty close to the high school,” said high school senior Guillermo Montenegro.

For the high school students who typically sit in a classroom to do their learning, it is a unique experience to see what takes place behind the doors.

Those who work at the medical research facility welcomed in the honors biology students to help promote science education in the community.

“It’s a great experience for us as biology students to complement the things that we see in the classroom,” Montenegro said.

“In class we don’t really look a lot at the things they use, we just learn about how they do it and what’s actually going on, but here they tell us exactly how they’re doing it,” said high school sophomore Dominique Lenway.

Those at the Hormel Institute said they really enjoy what they do and they love to share their experiences.

“Get them motivated and interested in science and tell them about the important work going on here, the cancer research, and excite them to pursue a career in this field,” said Hormel Institute Communications Representative Tim Ruzek.

One of the ways they are sharing with the students is by showing them the technology they use to sort cells in a matter of seconds, which is much faster than the students could sort M&M’s.

It is these types of demonstrations that are getting the students thinking about their own futures.

“I’ve always wanted to be an artist, but I was thinking, could I mix artistry and science together? Because that’d be kind of cool,” said high school sophomore Ellie Dyke.

That is the kind of excitement Hormel leaders are hoping the students leave with.

The Hormel Institute also brings 6th graders on similar tours and sends scientists to Ellis Middle School to visit and work with students.

This was one of three tours that took place Friday with students from Austin High School and Pacelli High School.

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