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 LABS.

LABS is designed to equip students with the basic skills and knowledge that are essential to join the future science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce. HudsonAlpha’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 in the 2018 cohort will engage, grow and learn together over four semesters, concluding the program in Spring 2020. Students will meet in the educational labs at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15 to 6:15 pm for six weeks each semester.

Applications for the 2018 LABS cohort open January 31 and close March 30. A selection committee will choose which students will be invited to participate in the program, and students will be notified of their selection by May 2018. The program includes a parent orientation the week before the first session in September 2018. The goal for our LABS program is to provide experiences to students who are either underrepresented in the sciences (in gender or race) or disadvantaged (based on ability or access or lower income households) and who might not traditionally have this opportunity. While special consideration will be given to students who fall within those parameters, we invite any high school student who meets the grade requirements to apply!

LABS Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled in 8th through 10th grade at the time of application 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 LABS

Applications are now open until March 30, 2018.

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

LABS is made possible through support from:


 BBVA Compass


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