Prepare to answer scientific research questions and learn to work independently in a laboratory setting through HudsonAlpha’s free after school program Launching Aspiring Biotechnology Scientists – or L.A.B.S.

L.A.B.S. is designed to equip students with the basic skills and knowledge that are essential to join the future science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce. The Institute’s state-of-the-art facilities along with access on our biotech campus to some of the most advanced genetics and genomics research will help you become ready to take advantage of future lab opportunities.

The program is a two-year commitment. Participants who are selected this year will engage, grow and learn together over four semesters, concluding the program in Spring 2019. Students will meet in the educational labs at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 pm for six weeks each semester.

Applications for L.A.B.S. open in December and close in February and include a visit to each applicant’s school after the deadline in February. A selection committee will choose which students will be invited to participate in the program, and students will be notified of their selection before the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The program includes a parent orientation the week before the first session in September 2017.

L.A.B.S. Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled in 8th through 10th grade in order to be eligible for the two year program.
  • Willing to commit four hours a week for six week semesters over the course of two years.
  • Able to provide their own transportation.


Apply for L.A.B.S.

Deadline for all application materials is 5 pm CST Friday, February 17, 2017

In order to be considered for the L.A.B.S. program, please submit the following by the deadline:

  1. Online L.A.B.S. application
  2. Official or unofficial transcript
  3. L.A.B.S. letter of recommendation form (to be filled out and submitted by a current or former science or math teacher)  

Both the transcript and letter of recommendation may be submitted via email to edoutreach@hudsonalpha.org or by mail to

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
c/o Educational Outreach
601 Genome Way
Huntsville, AL 35806

Please contact us at edoutreach@hudsonalpha.org if you have any questions.

L.A.B.S. is made possible through support from Wells Fargo.


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