Synthetic Biology

Research Experience for Teachers

July 22 - August 2, 2019


Northwestern Facilitators: Jewett Lab members, Ashley Walter, Natalie Bueno, & Emily Ferrin

Location: Northwestern University's Evanston campus

Extended Application is open now! CLICK HERE. Completed applications are due May 3. 

Five outstanding teachers will be selected to gain hands-on lab experience working alongside scientists in a Northwestern University research laboratory. Teachers will split their time between experiments “at the bench” and developing their own curriculum materials based on their research.

The 7th Annual Baxter Symposium

October 9, 2018

The Baxter Symposium is an event designed to excite and inspire teachers to bring cutting-edge life science activities to their classrooms. We accomplish this by providing a day of real-world science and hands-on lab activities that show life sciences in the 21st century are exciting and amazing!

Attendees will have the chance to:

  • Connect with scientists and hear about their cutting-edge research.
  • Try out hands-on, NGSS-aligned curriculum modules led by educators who have successfully used them in their classrooms.
  • Attend a free event for high school & middle school teachers.
  • Receive FREE lab materials for all attendees!
  • Enter lab equipment give-aways!
  • Earn 6 CPDUs.

A Note on Location: This year’s Baxter Symposium will be held at Round Lake Senior High School in Round Lake, Illinois to celebrate the opening of our new Baxter Center North! We are excited to partner with Round Lake to support Lake County science teachers as they create more engaging, skills-based learning experiences for their students. Next year’s symposium will be celebrating 10 years of the Baxter Center for Science Education at Lindblom Math & Science Academy in Chicago!

For the schedule and information from last year's Symposium, CLICK HERE.


July 31 - August 2, 2018


Facilitators: Tom Martinez (Glenbard East High School) & Jessica Stark (Northwestern University)

This three-day professional development opportunity is designed to prepare educators to bring biological engineering and synthetic biology into their classrooms and laboratories. The workshop includes lectures that connect the STEM aspects of these fields, labs and classroom activities available at, lunchtime discussions with members of the synthetic biology community, and activities that address the nuts and bolts of running an iGEM team.

Click HERE for more info!