Fostering Tomorrow's Innovators since 2009

The Baxter Symposium

Register Today for The Baxter Symposium on Thursday, April 18, 2024!

Teachers, join us for the Baxter Symposium, a FREE day of professional learning to help you bring innovative science activities into the classroom! Our upcoming Spring symposium is scheduled for April 18, 2024. Register today!



Baxter Center Lab Grant Program

Apply by March 1st, 2024!

The Baxter Center for Science Education lab grant program seeks to expand the capacity of biotech equipment and supplies across Chicagoland middle and high schools.



Baxter Center Teacher Workshops

The Baxter Center provides a variety of professional learning opportunities for high school and middle school educators. Join us to build your lab skills and connect with a community of local science teachers. All workshops are FREE and eligible for ISBE hours.



The Baxter Box Program

Borrow science equipment and get lab kits to do hands-on activities with your students!

Our goal is to advance equity in STEM education by increasing access to authentic science experiences. Chicagoland educators can borrow materials and equipment for FREE! Make your reservation today. Workshop participation is highly recommended but not required.


The Baxter Center Case Study & Partnership Toolkit

Promising Practices in Corporate-School-University Partnerships

This case study highlights promising practices for building effective and sustainable STEM partnerships between K-12, industry, and university partners, grounded in the story of the Baxter Center. Check it out to learn more about how our Center got started, what we learned about successfully working with schools, and some of the impacts we have had along the way.

Our Work in the Chicagoland Area

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What our teachers are saying

The BCSE allows teachers to stay up to date with the advancement of technology in science. By helping the teachers stay up to date and by providing activities that can be implanted into the classroom, it allows the future generation to have exposure to new developments in biotechnology at a young age. This hopefully will inspire the students to pursue careers in science.
The BCSE helps out teachers who teach at schools with limited resources get the resources and instructive know how they otherwise would not be able to obtain.
Holy moly, this center is GREAT! I appreciate your outreach, enthusiasm, and expertise. It is really amazing to have this kind of access to a research institution and you are all so helpful in making this type of science accessible to our students.

Our Teacher Leaders

Mary Clark

Whitney M Young Magnet High School

Suzanne Fetherling

Hoffman Estates High School

Nina Hike

George Westinghouse College Prep

Christina Moore

William Jones College Preparatory High School

Valentin Torres

Walter Payton College Prep High School

Our Team

Emily Ferrin, Ph.D.

Interim Assistant Dean

Office of Community Education Partnerships

Ashley Walter, M.S.

Program & Partnership Coordinator

Baxter Center for Science Education

Natalie Bueno, B.S.

Program & Partnership Coordinator

Baxter Center for Science Education

Kate Brownson

Program Coordinator

Baxter Center for Science Education

Sachin Pradhan M.S.

Software Developer

Office of Community Education Partnerships

Jennifer Richards, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

School of Education and Social Policy

James Schottelkotte

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics

Jamie Kim

Administrative Aid

Baxter Center for Science Education

Gloria Pulido

Administrative Aid

Baxter Center for Science Education

Sylvia V. Boguniecki

Administrative Aid

Baxter Center for Science Education

Sana Nanlawala

Administrative Aid

Baxter Center for Science Education

Bella Guerra

Administrative Aid

Baxter Center for Science Education