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STEAM TRAIN: Middle Schoolers Perform Student-Driven Research

December 4, 2020

Every Tuesday afternoon after school, six groups of around 24 excited Franklin STEAM Academy students hang around online a bit longer to conduct independent research on topics of import to them via a scientific exploration project called “STEAM TRAIN.” Mentoring the 6th–8th grade students are some near peers—Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) undergrads, grad students, and post docs, plus—even closer in age to the target group—a dozen University Laboratory High School (Uni High) students.

December 4, 2020

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IGB Outreach Receives First Grant For STEAM TRAIN Project

May 27, 2020

This year, the STEAM TRAIN (Transdisciplinary Research Across Institutional Near-Peers) project conceived by the IGB outreach staff was one of five projects awarded seed funding and up to two years of subsequent support from the Community + Research Partnership Program (CO+RE). The CO+RE grant represents the first awarded grant for outreach endeavors at the IGB. 

May 27, 2020

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At-home activities for families and friends

May 27, 2020

As we all adjust to new health recommendations and wellness practices we may be finding ourselves at home much more than ever before. Here at the IGB we want to connect with communities both locally in Urbana-Champaign and across the globe. We will be posting fun and educational activities or suggestions to help enjoy this time together and to engage with each other, and to provide some opportunities to learn something new, experiment with a fresh idea, or just be curious.

May 27, 2020

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Outreach partners

The IGB Outreach group has partnered and worked with a large number of industry leaders, organizations, community members, and campus colleagues. We are grateful for the efforts of our collaborators and thank them for their involvement in achieving our goals.


Science Unexpected

Gameday Genomics

The IGB's motto is "Where Science Meets Society" and in addition to the regularly scheduled events we hold, we also like to show up in places unannounced to engage with people in new and exciting locations ... we call that Science Unexpected and we've had some wonderful interactions with members of the community who had a chance to learn about science and the IGB as a nice surprise.

Forensic Science

In conjunction with Parkland Community College's Pathways program and the Department of Anthropology, classes held at the IGB for ANTH 247 introduce students to the laboratory practices, molecular biology and DNA analysis skills commonly used by forensic DNA scientists. A hands-on, interactive approach is used that incorporates many of the same tools used by professional forensic DNA scientists.

Volunteer with the IGB

Volunteer at the IGB

Interested in volunteering for one of the many IGB outreach and public engagement events? We're always interested in recruiting new members to work with the public and help them understand our research and mission, and help share a broader understanding of science.

Proposal Development Team

The life of a researcher is a hectic one. Writing proposals is just one item on a long list of important tasks requiring your attention. Fortunately, the IGB has the resources to help you submit a successful grant proposal so you can get back to your research. Not an IGB member? View our FAQ about joining the IGB.

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