Fellows Program

Hands-on experience with biotechnology in a learning environment has historically been restricted to students pursuing graduate degrees and postdoctoral scholars at research universities. The Fellows Program provides an introduction to modern biotechnology to motivated students. The Program is targeted towards seniors in high school and recent high school graduates and is ten weeks of intense training that includes lectures, coursework, and laboratory work. In addition to the biotechnology curriculum, there is emphasis on communication skills, technical writing, and ethics.

Fellows Program Curriculum:

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Experiment Design
  • Fungal Biology
  • Genetics
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Scientific Method
  • Statistics


Mentorship and Training PROGRAMs

The Great Lakes Biotech Academy will provide biotech mentoring to individuals or small groups of students. The training programs are focused on making the science and practice of biotechnology more accessible to interested students.  

Representative Mentoring Opportunities:

  • Conducting workshops and short courses on biotechnology topics
  • Providing supervised access to lab equipment and advising for basic molecular biology and genetics experiments in support of a student’s school or state science fair project
  • Providing supervised access to lab equipment and advising for team science competitions, such as iGEM

Academy Research Projects

The Academy conducts a small number of academic research projects. The research projects are focused on the areas of fungal biology and white biotechnology. White biotechnology, or industrial biotechnology, is the area of biotechnology devoted to producing more environmentally friendly products using enzymes or living cells. All Fellows Program alumni may participate in Academy research projects along with invited participants.