Bio Ed. Upcoming Opportunties

By: Christine Posted in For Teachers, Science, STEM Activity

* BioTeach Workshops
* SPOT Grants
* Summer Institute for Teachers
* Biotech Bootcamp for High School Students

WPI BioTech Futures
We are also pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the spring Biotech Futures events to be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)!
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 8am-2pm OR Thursday, May 26, 2016, 8am-2pm

The goal of Biotech Futures is to demystify the college experience, expose students to diverse life sciences fields, and encourage students to pursue life sciences careers. Through Biotech Futures students and their teachers/guidance counselors visit university/college campuses, interact with science/technology faculty and students, and engage in a number of short laboratory experiences. The Biotech Futures program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is designed for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have demonstrated and/or expressed an interest in the life sciences. Recommended group size is 30-45 students per school, although we might be able to accommodate smaller and larger groups. We require that students be accompanied by at least one school representative. We highly recommend that guidance counselors participate in this event.

To apply for the WPI Biotech Futures, please click here and upload the requested information. Schools will be notified by the beginning of April as to whether or not their school has been selected to participate.


BioTeach Workshops

Amherst, MA (UMass):

Wednesday, March 16th 8:30am-4:00pm
Learning by Doing: Explore genetically modified food through PCR

Amherst, MA (UMass):

Thursday, March 17th 8:30am-4:00pm
Learning by Doing: Explore your personal genetics using PCR

SPOT Grants

Through support of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and Fisher Scientific, MassBioEd has created a new equipment grant program, the SPOT Grant Program, for the 2015/2016 academic year. This program will provide teachers with a one-time grant of up to $3,500 to be used for equipment or lab consumables that support life sciences related laboratory activities. The equipment and reagents must be used to implement a specific laboratory or activity that provides students with an authentic, hands-on science experience. The lab or activity should be new to your students and, to the extent possible, highlight biotechnology tools and techniques. MassBioEd’s intention in creating this program is to award one grant per school to qualified applicants. A few more SPOT grants remain. We recommend attending one of the above workshops, as relevant to your grant, to receive the necessary training for implementing your grant activities. Click here to learn more and to apply!

Summer Institute for Teachers

Join us for a 5-day BioTeach Summer Institute focused on biotechnology and molecular biology techniques and lab activities. The workshop will be held Monday
– Friday, July 25th – 29th at the UMass Amherst campus.

From Monday – Thursday, the program runs from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:30 PM (three evenings, TBD). On Friday the program runs from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Parking and lunch will be provided for all participants. For residential participants, accommodations in a shared campus suite and light breakfast will also be provided. In addition, a stipend of $75/day and the opportunity to earn up to 40 PDPs will be provided to attendees that participate fully in each day’s activities. Graduate credit is available for a fee to participants who complete the program. Whether commuting or residential, attendees must participate fully in each day’s activities, including the mandatory evening sessions.

Activities include: Biotechnology lab skills and practice, visualizing molecular biology with models, plasmid identification, PCR amplification of human DNA and genotyping, testing of GMO foods using PCR, cloning and transformation to create recombinant microorganisms, and identification of recombinant microorganisms.

You may apply by clicking here.

Biotech Bootcamp for High School Students

Biotech Bootcamp is a 5-day course designed for high school students interested in gaining hands-on research experience in molecular biology and biochemical techniques. The course will be held July 11-15 from 9AM – 4 PM. The cost of the program for non-residential students is $770 and includes lunch each day. A residential option that includes housing and a full meal plan is available at the cost of $1,272/students. A limited number of scholarships are available on the basis of financial need and academic merit. Please find attached the Biotech Bootcamp flyer for posting at your school. For more information about Biotech Bootcamp visit the webpage at

We hope to see you at one of these events!

If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know.

Thank you!

Michelle Mischke and the BioTeach Team

Director, Biotechnology Education Programs
Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation
300 Technology Square, 8th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

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