Seminar Series for High School Teachers
Whitehead Institute’s Seminar Series for High School Teachers offers educators the opportunity to explore topics at the forefront of biomedical research and incorporate new ideas into their classrooms.
The series, which attracts 50-70 high school teachers each year, begins in October of each academic year. Seminars are conducted on the first Monday of each month through June. Sessions begin with a scientific lecture and conclude with a working dinner, allowing participants and Whitehead scientists to share ideas and discuss a range of issues affecting science education.
Integral to the success of the program is the teacher-scientist partnership in which interested teachers are paired with Whitehead partners—scientists who attend each session and serve as a resource for the teacher throughout the academic year. Partners answer questions, share their expertise, and even visit schools to meet with students. Over the years, participating teachers have found these partnerships to be invaluable relationships.
Please join us for the 2023-2024 Whitehead Institute Seminar Series for High School Teachers, Insights into Regeneration, Rejuvenation, and Aging as we explore the progress being made by researchers to understand how aging leads to changes at the molecular and cellular levels, and the potential of this knowledge to transform human health.
The first seminar of the season will be held on Monday, November 6 (in Whitehead Institute’s McGovern Auditorium at 455 Main Street, Cambridge). Subsequent sessions will be held the first Monday of every month through June 2024 (with the exception of the January session, which will be held on Monday, January 8). All sessions begin at 4:15 pm and dinner is over by approximately 6:30 p.m.
Participating teachers may be eligible to earn up to 24 Professional Development Points toward recertification.
Registration has now closed.
For questions please contact Amy Tremblay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's speakers will be added here as they are announced. Below are the dates for the entire program:
- Monday, November 6
- Monday, December 4
- Monday, January 8*
- Monday, February 5
- Monday, March 4
- Monday, April 1
- Monday, May 6
- Monday, June 3
*This session will be held the second Monday of the month (1/8/24)
Iain Cheeseman, Whitehead Institute Member and Professor of Biology at MIT
Christopher Rodriguez, Graduate Student, Reddien Lab at Whitehead Institute
Yukiko Yamashita, Whitehead Institute Member and Professor of Biology at MIT
The series is usually held the first Monday of every month from October through June in McGovern Auditorium at the Whitehead Institute. The first seminar of the 2023-2024 season will be held on Monday, November 6 in Whitehead Institute’s McGovern Auditorium at 455 Main Street, Cambridge. Subsequent sessions will be held the first Monday of every month through June 2024. Each session begins promptly at 4:15 p.m. and includes a lecture and working dinner, ending by approximately 6:15/6:30 p.m.
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.
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.
About 50-70 teachers participate in the program each year.
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. We rely on your input when planning dinner, and your Whitehead Partner counts on you being at the session unless he or she hears otherwise.
Registration has now closed.
Participating teachers may be eligible to earn up to 24 Professional Development Points toward recertification. For questions please contact Amy Tremblay at email@example.com
For close to 30 years, Whitehead Institute’s Seminar Series for High School Teachers has been sharing cutting-edge discoveries with high school and community college educators.
2018-2019: Advances in Neurodegenerative Disease
2017-2018: How Technology Drives Biology
2016-2017: Gut Feelings: Your microbiome, in Sickness and in Health
2015-2016: Precision Medicine
2014-2015: The Science behind Biotech Breakthroughs
For more information on the teacher program, please contact Amy Tremblay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-258-7270.
All lectures are held in the McGovern Auditorium in the Whitehead Building at 455 Main Street, which is accessible by public transportation. Metered street parking is available but limited. Hourly garage parking is also nearby.