Public Programs

For more than two decades, Whitehead Institute has maintained a steadfast commitment to science education and outreach by offering programs meant to enhance science teaching and learning for the entire community.

With a variety of programs ranging in scope from lectures and workshops for teachers and students to special events for non-scientists, Whitehead offers its participants first-hand exposure to state-of-the-art research.

For more information about Whitehead’s education and community outreach offerings, please contact Amy Tremblay at tremblay@wi.mit.edu.

Seminar Series for High School Teachers

This monthly program provides educators an opportunity to explore topics at the forefront of biomedical research. The series begins in October and lectures are held the first Monday of every month through June. Registration is required.

Spring Lecture Series for High School Students

This program exposes students to cutting-edge topics in biomedical research. The three-day program, held during the public school spring vacation week, features lectures from leading scientific experts, hands-on laboratory demonstrations, visits to local biotechnology companies, and interactions with young Whitehead scientists.

Biology Week

As a service to the scientific community, Whitehead Institute hosts Biology Week, a web-based calendar of biology seminars and symposia in the Boston/Cambridge area.

Public program collaborations

Whitehead Institute routinely partners with various research institutions and biotechnology organizations in coordinating educational programming for high school students, teachers, and scientists. Past programs include:

Massachusetts Annual Statewide Biotechnology Job Shadow Day

Biotechnology and Bioengineering Series, presented in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University (2010)

Evolution of the Vertebrate Eye Symposium (2009)

Boston Stem Cell Education Symposium (2008)

Teachers examining a Petri dish's contents

Students working in the FACS facility

High school teachers examine planarians as they swim in a Petri dish (top). High school student program participants visiting Whitehead's Fluorescence Activated Cell Scanning (FACS) Facility learn how to sort individual cells with specific traits from a larger, heterogeneous population (bottom).

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