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Biotechnology: the basics — July 25 – 29, 2022
Biotechnology: Beyond the Basics — July 11-15, 2022


Biotechnology: the basics was held both in-person (July 12-16) and virtually (july 26-30). Please see the details below.

Recognizing that funds for professional development are limited, there are no course fees and stipends are provided to successful applicants. Stipends are $100 per day for each course. The registration form for each course includes a section designed for applicants to upload a letter that details interest in the course.

We view the provision of stipends as a way of further collaborating with the teachers we serve. This financial support is received with the provision that content covered in the course or workshop will subsequently be incorporated into recipients’ course materials; shared with students and colleagues; and, documented in the form of a report submitted to us upon completion.

Many thanks to the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, a member institution of the national network of Space Grant Consortia funded by NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, for Aerospace Outreach Program funding over the years to support these efforts, as well as to our corporate sponsor, Promega Corporation!

We also offer an Equipment Loan Program and a listing of Resources for Biotechnology Education.

Biotechnology: The Basics

IN-PERSON – HELD july 12 – 16, 2021

virtual: July 26 – 30, 2021

Taught by Barbara Bielec and Peter Kritsch, this week-long course introduces teachers to the fundamentals of biotechnology.

Topics include DNA extraction, micropipetting, gel electrophoresis, restriction enzyme digestion, biofuels and careers and research in biotechnology. In addition, there will be opportunities to discuss bioethics and genetic testing, which may include: stem cells, cloning, and genetic editing.

You will develop your laboratory preparatory skills, and collaborate with other teachers to integrate biotechnology into your curriculum, both in virtual and in-person formats. Throughout the course the relevance of content and associated laboratory techniques to NASA projects will be emphasized. If your knowledge of biotechnology is limited or you want to brush up on basic biotechnology techniques, this is the course for you!

Stipends of $500 are available and registrants will also have the option of registering for 1-3 graduate education credits, to be paid for by the registrant.

The course met and honestly exceeded my expectations! I was hesitant when the course went online, but I loved that we had the option to still take the course during the pandemic. The BEST part was that the instructors continued to do hands on activities with real equipment…the course was AMAZING and one of the best I have taken.”

- Biotechnology: The Basics -- 2020 participant

Awesome! I feel this gave me some specifics that I can use to communicate vital information with me students.”

- Biotechnology: The Basics -- 2021 in-person participant

All of the experiments were excellent - useful. straightforward, and I could implement them immediately!”

- Biotechnology: The Basics -- 2021 in-person participant

This was such a valuable week. I would recommend this workshop to any colleague interested in this topic.”

- Biotechnology: The Basics -- 2021 in-person participant