Education - K-12 Community Outreach

IGS has a sincere commitment to outreach to K-12 students. We have developed multiple programs and participated in many events targeted at middle and high school students. In particular, we are dedicated to reaching out to students from our west Baltimore neighborhood.

Here are some of our ongoing programs:

  • Hosting Field Trips - We have a half-day program for high school students to learn about genomics, tour campus, and tour the IGS sequencing labs. The program includes hands-on components and ends with a panel discussion on career options in biology and bioinformatics.
  • UMB CURE Scholars Program - This ongoing STEM mentoring program is for middle school students from three west Baltimore partner schools. IGS participates in the summer camp portion of this program. Students engage in hands-on activities that teach the basics of DNA, cell structure, genetics, ecology, and much more.
  • Internship programs - IGS has a long history of hosting high school students for summer internships. We are participants in STEM programs at high schools around the region that require their students to engage in some kind of internship program.
  • The Center for Talented Youth Family Programs - IGS hosts CTY Family Programs targeted at students in grades 7-10 that provide instruction/activities in genomics, metagenomics, and genetic variation.

If you have questions about any of these activities, please contact Michelle Gwinn-Giglio Ph.D., IGS Academic and Outreach Coordinator.