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Hands-On Genomics

Learning about genomics does not always require fancy equipment! In fact, some of the most popular activities we have enacted require only affordable and familiar household items. Here are a few of our favorites that may be a good fit for your kitchen or classroom:

School and After-School Activities

The IGB works with area schools, as well as after-school and enrichment programs, to bring hands-on genomics activities to K-12 students. IGB staff and researchers coordinate with teachers and mentors to tailor content to suit the age range, interests, and needs of each group.

We visited or hosted students from a variety of area schools and groups, including St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy, the Champaign and Rantoul Tap In Leadership Academies, local homeschool groups, and Champaign and Urbana school districts.

Chambana Science Cafe

Science Cafe

The IGB and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology co-sponsor the Chambana Science Café, a monthly seminar series that brings scientists to the public to talk about their research in an informal setting. The talks are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at Cafeteria and Company, and there is free pizza while it lasts.

Genomics for Professionals

Genomic research has an ever-growing impact on areas such as health and agriculture, yet most members of the public do not have access to the information they need to understand new findings and evaluate how they might be affected by them, both personally and professionally.

Genomics Videos

The IGB has created a range of video resources to introduce various genomics concepts and highlight different research areas and approaches. Explore below to learn more!

IGB's YouTube channel features videos that introduce viewers to our Institute, our researchers, and some of our most exciting past events.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The mission of the IGB is to advance life science research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and to stimulate bio-economic development in the state of Illinois. Our members not only conduct path-breaking genomic research to address societal issues, but they also strive to connect science, technology and business to maximize the impact of their science.

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