Events and Open Registrations

March 9, 2016, 8:15 am to 2:30 pm

A full-day informational workshop hosted by the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology will help teachers and students prepare for the Genes In Space™ experimental design competition. The free competition, a partnership between miniPCR, Boeing, Math for America, CASIS and New England Biolabs, is an opportunity for students in grades 7 through 12 to design DNA experiments for space. No equipment is required to compete. Proposals will be judged solely on their creative and scientific merit.

For the workshop, HudsonAlpha will host one teacher and up to three students from 10 schools in the Huntsville and Madison County area. Students will receive tips on building a winning submission and brainstorm with competition founders. ISS researchers and biotech leaders will speak with the students, and participants can conduct hands-on, lab-based sample experiments. Teacher substitute costs will be reimbursed, and lunch will be provided.

Register for Genes in Space Workshop

For students who cannot attend the full-day workshop, an Information Session for Genes in Space™ will be broadcast from 9-10 am CST on March 9, 2016.

View the Live Session

GTAC Es&Adv2June 12-17, 2016

Genetic Technologies for Alabama Classrooms: Essential Biology is an intensive professional development experience that includes a one-week academy at HudsonAlpha, a two-day workshop during the school year and sustained interaction and support for classroom implementation. A significant revision from the previous two-week GTAC workshop, this one-week program focuses on the genetics content encountered in a General Biology course. Specific attention will be directed at preparing teachers to implement the 2015 Alabama Course of Study: Science, Biology Standards.

GTAC: Essential Biology will be held at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala. Eligible educators will spend five full days digging deeply into modern genetic content through hands-on laboratory practice and content-deepening talks by leading scientists.

Registration is open until May 1.

Register for GTAC: Essential Biology 

Look for Genetic Technologies for Alabama Classrooms: Advanced Concepts in Summer 2017.

Genetic Technologies for Alabama Classrooms (GTAC) is made possible through support from the State of Alabama.

TTApril 7, 2016, 8 am to 4 pm
Mobile, Ala.

A free, one-day training session for using Touching Triton® will offer teachers hands-on experience with HudsonAlpha’s free online educational activity. Touching Triton provides an opportunity for teachers and students to have an engaging conversation about the complex nature of common disease in one class period. The training equips teachers with implementation strategies and content enrichment for using the activity in the classroom. Teachers attending the sessions will also receive substitute reimbursement, STIPD credit, lunch and takeaways.

Register for Touching Triton training in Mobile

HudsonAlpha offers three half-day summer camps in the educational spaces at the Institute to rising 6th through 9th grade students. Check out details about each camp as well as information about dates and registration:

Code of Life (Basic Camp)

June 6-10, 2016, 9:00 am to noon
Eligibility: Rising 6th-9th graders
Cost: $150/student

The Code of Life camp focuses on DNA. Young scientists begin the week by extracting DNA from a variety of organisms and end the week with a little genetic engineering. Campers learn how the information coded in DNA controls physical traits and investigate how changes in DNA may cause the symptoms of some genetic disorders. Students tour the HudsonAlpha facilities and meet with HA staff. The Code of Life Campers also investigate the many roles of enzymes in living systems. Throughout the camp, students use the equipment found in most science research labs and gain hands-on experience in micropipetting and centrifuging. The culminating experiment has campers creating glow-in-the-dark bacteria.

Students who complete the Code of Life Camp are eligible for one of two advanced biotechnology camps: UDSO Challenge and/or I Want to Work in a Lab Coat.

Register for Code of Life 


UDSO Challenge (Advanced Camp)

June 20-24, 2016, 1-4 pm
Eligibility: Rising 6th-9th graders who have completed Code of Life Camp
Cost: $200/student

During this exciting weeklong camp, young scientists will work together to learn and apply basic molecular biology techniques to design a bio-indicator to detect pollution in the river of a peaceful fictitious land. Students will build on the experience acquired in the previous camp using biotechnology tools and equipment to take their explorations to the next level. Students enter the world of UDSO, using a notebook left behind by a previous researcher to diagnose a water-born illness. Students are tasked with using biotechnology tools to build a system that can let the townspeople know when the water is safe to drink.

Register for UDSO Challenge


I Want to Work in a Lab Coat (Advanced Camp)

July 18-22, 2016 9:00 am to noon
Eligibility: Rising 6th-9th graders who have completed Code of Life Camp
Cost: $200/student

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in a biotechnology laboratory? Spend a week investigating the tools, techniques and science behind modern biotech careers. Tour high tech lab spaces and get a behind the scenes look at one of Alabama’s fastest growing career fields. Young researchers will perform student-driven experiments and maintain a lab notebook of their discoveries.

Register for I Want to Work in a Lab Coat 

Summer Short Course logoJune 20 to July 8, 2016
Cost: $400

Dig into the science behind synthetic biology during our new three-week Summer Short Course at HudsonAlpha! Synthetic biology is one of the newest fields in the world of science. It is best described as the intersection of engineering and biology with a promising future focused on solving some of the world’s biggest challenges in health, energy and agriculture. Summer Short Course is offered to students entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade, or to seniors graduating by the fall of 2016.

Online registration will open March 9 at 8 am and close June 1 at 5 pm.

Friday, April 22, 2016

In celebration of DNA Day 2016, HudsonAlpha invites you to join us for GeneChat! Whether you are a social media guru or novice, you can interact with biotech educators and industry leaders on the HudsonAlpha website and on Educational Outreach’s new Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts.

During GeneChat, HudsonAlpha will be providing information and answering questions on the following topics:

• Genomics and Healthcare
• Careers in Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology
• Agriscience
• The Microbiome
… and more!

Have questions? Want to know what goes on behind the scenes at HudsonAlpha? Follow Educational Outreach on social media for more information and to interact with us for GeneChat!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat

April 30, 2016, 8 am to noon
Dowdle Center, Huntsville, Ala.
109 Governor’s Drive Huntsville, AL 35801

Cost: Employees of Huntsville Health Systems & Physicians for Hudson Alpha – $40; Non-Employees – $50

Speakers: Neil Lamb, Ph.D., Vice President for Educational Outreach; Kelly East, MS, CGC, Certified Genetic Counselor

Genomics & Your Practice is a continuing education opportunity for local physicians and Nurse Practitioners to learn more about genomics and its increasing relevance to clinical practice. Intersections between genomics and medicine will be highlighted across multiple specialties using real-world case scenarios to frame the discussion.

After participating in this session, participants should be able to:

  • Assess case-based scenarios involving a spectrum of clinical genomics applications for diagnostic, treatment, ethical, legal and social implications
  • Apply genetic terminology and basic concepts in the clinical care setting
  • Create a network of healthcare providers interested and engaged in genomics-driven medicine
  • Integrate existing genomic resources relevant to clinical practice

Register for Genomics & Your Practice