HudsonAlpha educational programs reach 1.5 million in single year

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has impacted more than 1.5 million students, educators, clinical professionals, patients and members of the public in the 2016-2017 academic year through the Educational Outreach team, an increase of nearly 500,000 people from last year’s number. The total number is composed of 197,466 students; 4,469 teachers; 7,678 members of the public; 2,717 clinical professionals and patients; and 1,287,949 digital impressions and downloads.

“We’re excited to see the impact of Educational Outreach at HudsonAlpha grow every year, from a little more than 22,000 people in the 2009-2010 academic year to the million and a half international encounters in the last year,” said Neil Lamb, PhD, HudsonAlpha’s vice president for educational outreach.

The HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach team inspires and prepares society to embrace and use genomic information in their everyday lives. Their goal is to nurture the formation of tomorrow’s life science laboratories and companies by providing educational programs for students, teachers, health professionals, patients and the public.

Each year, after the Educational Outreach team collects their audience data, they fill a glass jar with beads representing individual impacts made by HudsonAlpha’s educational programming. The size of the bead corresponds to the size of the impact: a small seed bead might represent a digital download, while a large bead symbolizes a student who attended the summer internship program. Watch our video to learn more about educational outreach programming and our bead jars.


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