Frequently Asked Questions about the Seminar Series for High School Teachers

 

Q. WHAT IS INVOLVED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE SEMINAR SERIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS?

The series is usually held the first Monday of every month from October through June in McGovern Auditorium at the Whitehead Institute. Due to evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19, and in accordance with Whitehead Institute policies, a VIRTUAL edition of Whitehead Institute’s Seminar Series for High School Teachers will be held for the 2020-2021 season.  This year’s series, Genetic Variation and Disease, will examine the role genetic diversity plays in helping researchers understand the genetic basis of human disease.

The first seminar of the 2020-2021 season will be held on Monday, November 2 via Zoom. Subsequent virtual sessions will be held the first Monday of every month through June 2021. Each session starts promptly at 4:15 pm with a lecture on a selected topic by a leading scientist in the field. The session ends around 6:15 pm after an online working dinner (in the form of Zoom breakout rooms) during which teachers get a chance to informally interact with each other and Whitehead scientists. 

Q. WHAT IS A WHITEHEAD PARTNER?

Each teacher is assigned a Whitehead Partner—a young, enthusiastic scientist who will attend each session with you and serve as a resource to you throughout the school year. In the past, Whitehead Partners have visited their teachers' classrooms to lead labs, give talks on career opportunities in science, or do a presentation on their research. Whitehead Partners have also hosted class visits to the Institute, providing students a glimpse into a working laboratory. *As this year’s series will be held virtually, opportunities may exist for Whitehead Partners to visit classrooms online should a mutual agreement exist between both teacher and partner.

Q. WHO CAN REGISTER FOR THE SEMINAR SERIES?

Any high school teacher can register for the Seminar Series. However, space is limited so registrants must apply early. To participate, teachers must commit to attending as many sessions as possible. Teachers who miss more than three sessions will be dropped from the program.

Q. HOW MANY TEACHERS PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?

About 60-80 teachers participate in the program each year.

Q. WHAT IF I CAN'T MAKE A SESSION?

When registering for the program, teachers make the commitment to miss no more than three sessions of the series. Naturally we understand that there will occasionally be conflicts. When you will be unable to attend a session, it is very important to let us know in advance so we can plan for an accurate attendance. Your Whitehead Partner counts on you being at the session unless he or she hears otherwise. 

If you have any other questions contact Amy Tremblay, Manager of Public Programs, at tremblay@wi.mit.edu

Photo of Whitehead partner and teacher participant at dinner
A Whitehead partner and a teacher participant enjoy dinner and discussing the latest lecture

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