An after school lab skills program

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

LABS equips high school students from disadvantaged and under-represented populations with the skills and knowledge essential to confidently take the “next steps” towards participating in tomorrow’s stem-based workforce. This program gives students the opportunity to work independently in HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art facilities, making them ready to take advantage of future laboratory opportunities.

More details and how to apply for our fourth cohort

*In response to Governor Kay Ivey’s state of emergency, which transitions Alabama K-12 schools to online learning for the duration of the Spring 2020 semester, HudsonAlpha has extended the LABS Application deadline. We are accepting unofficial transcripts to accompany applications.

The new deadline for application and transcript submission is 5:00 pm on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Students must be enrolled in 8-11th grade upon time of application.

Participants who are selected in the 2020 cohort will commit to engage, grow and learn together over two semesters (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) with a culminating one-week summer experience in 2021. Students will meet in the educational labs at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology twice a week from 4:15 to 6:15 pm for six weeks each semester. The week-long summer 2021 experience will be held from 8-5 pm with lunch and snacks provided.

Applications for the 2020 LABS cohort (Cohort IV) open January 31 and has been extended to now close April 27, 2020*. A selection committee will choose which students will be invited to participate in the program, and students will be notified of their selection in June 2020. The program includes a parent orientation the week before the first session in September 2020. 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!

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LABS is made possible through support from:

 BBVA Compass Foundation  ⋅  Wells Fargo Foundation