Professional Development


Workshops & Institutes

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We regularly conduct workshops for practitioners and present at research conferences. Look for us at annual conferences for NSTA (National Science Teachers Association; national as well as some regional conferences), NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers), USTA (Utah Science Teachers Association), NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching), ASTE (Association for Science Teacher Education), and AERA (American Educational Research Association).

Bioengineering Curriculum Development Institute

July 25 - 27, 2023
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Appropriate for: US Middle School Science Teachers

$750 Stipend
Paid Travel and Lodging
Breakfast and Lunch each day
Credit: 2 graduate-level credits available for $50 recording fee

Biomedical engineering applies the problem-solving processes of engineering to create solutions in medicine and biology. It is an exciting field of science with a real-world impact. Applications that once seemed far-fetched are becoming a reality like: vests to feel sound, prosthetics that can move and feel, and drugs that target specific tissues.

We are embarking on a project to develop curriculum materials to introduce biomedical engineering to middle school students through a connection to organ systems. Would you like to help? Participants in this Institute will:

  • Learn about exciting new biomedical research from scientists doing the work.
  • Engage in talks and Q&A with subject matter experts who spend their days solving problems in organ system functioning.
  • Collaborate with teacher colleagues from across the US to brainstorm ideas for multimedia curriculum materials that explore bioengineering examples and engineering design processes.

Application and more information

Application Deadline: April 17


Teaching Cell and Cancer Biology

May 1-31, 2023
Online, Asynchronous

Appropriate for: Grade 6-12 life science teachers, or elementary teachers who want an update on cell biology

Cost: Free
Credit: 3 graduate-level credits available for a $50 recording fee

Cancer touches the lives of many people, making it a high interest topic for students. This course will explore cancer cell biology and treatments in a way that is meant to serve as a primer, an update, and an opportunity to consider ways to use cancer biology as a topic to address typical life science learning targets. Built around middle and high school curriculum materials and supplemented with readings and videos from subject matter experts, this course will update your background knowledge of cancer biology and provide an example of how to integrate cancer cell biology into middle and high school life science classes.

Register here.

Registration Deadline: April 30


The All of Us Research Hub Summer Institute

July 18-20, 2023
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

The All of Us Research Program is a historic, longitudinal effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health ( By analyzing differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, the program hopes that researchers will develop precision treatment, prevention and healthcare. The program engages participant communities that reflect the diversity of the United States including communities that have been historically underrepresented in biomedical research.

Guided by the core values of diversity, transparency, and accessibility, the All of Us Research Program is making the data available to the public and researchers at all stages of their careers, including students. The goal is to build an inclusive, diverse and growing researcher ecosystem and to excite the scientist in all of us. We are excited at the prospect of students using this unique data set to formulate and investigate their own questions about health!

Join us to learn about how to access this rich source of data, discuss ways it can be used to support authentic research projects in your classes, and learn about opportunities available to student researchers.

While we encourage applicants to review information about the All of Us Research Program, enrollment in the program is not required for this opportunity and has no bearing on the selection process.

Appropriate for: high school biology, genetics, anatomy, biotech, or health teachers
Compensation: $700 participation compensation, travel, lodging
Credit: 2 graduate-level credits for a $50 recording fee

Application and more information here.

Application Deadline: May 19, 2023