Lake Nona Students and Faculty Visit STEM Research Facilities


During a tour at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Lake Nona students and faculty pose in front of the ultra-high-throughput screening facility that allows scientists to test huge chemical libraries for biological activity through automation.

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

A group of students and faculty from the Lake Nona Campus toured the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) on Friday, July 8, 2016. The students talked with the scientists — several of whom are former Valencia graduates — about the career pathways they took to their present positions at SBP. In addition, they learned about the exciting research at SBP in the areas of metabolism and drug discovery.

To continue their summer field trips to Orlando scientific sites, Lake Nona students and faculty toured the Florida Hospital Translational Research Institute on Friday, July 22, 2016. The students toured the clinical research facilities to see how science is translated from “bench to bedside” and heard from scientists and clinicians about their career paths. Below, some of the group is pictured in the calorimetry lab, a series of small rooms that are carefully engineered to measure energy expenditure of a person closed in the room for 24 hours by measuring oxygen consumed and carbon dioxide produced. 


A special thanks to the Lake Nona faculty and our community partners for making these experiences possible for our students.

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