Science Education Outreach (SciEd)

Introducing Teachers and Students to Scientific Research

Fred Hutch is a leading research institution dedicated to promoting an inclusive environment and enhancing diversity among the next generation of scientists through participation in our training and educational programs. Our training opportunities reflect the many biomedical disciplines and research interests pursued at Fred Hutch. We introduce teachers and high school students to the thrills and challenges of scientific research.

The SEP program pairs science teachers with mentors from the Fred Hutch faculty.

Teacher Programs

  • Science Education Partnership (SEP)
    Helps hundreds of Washington state high school and middle school science teachers grow professionally by honing their lab techniques and teaching skills in subjects ranging from genetics to molecular biology.
SEP Students in the lab

Open-Source Curriculum

  • Free, open-source lessons and units
    Fred Hutch's Science Education Partnership program offers free, open-source lessons and units geared towards high school biotech and biology teachers and focus on giving students opportunities to explore biotechnology and the social dimensions of research science.
High school students in the lab

High School Student Programs / Internships

These programs are specifically designed for students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical science as defined by the National Institutes of Health.

  • Pathways Research Explorers Program
    Supports rising 10th and 11th grade students in a two-week introductory summer program.

  • Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP)
    A competitive, eight-week, full-time paid internship for rising 12th graders. 

  • Girls Who Code
    This yearlong after-school club for girls in grades 10 through 12 is run by computational biology graduate students at Fred Hutch and UW. 

  • Coding for Cancer
    Teaches 11th and 12th grade students how cancer researchers use computational tools in their search to prevent cancer and find cures.

Science education needs your support more than ever.

Campus Tours, Visits & Speakers

If you are an individual or group representative interested in requesting tours, speakers, or connecting with scientists outside of our scheduled events please fill out our request form.

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Jan 21
Jan 21

SEP's Schoool Year Workshop: Invasive Mussel Project

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. PST
Join us for a School Year Workshop on a recently re-vamped lab, the Invasive Mussel Project! This PCR lab centers around species identification between the native and invasive species of mussel found in the Puget Sound. Students can collect their own samples or use teacher provided samples to extract and amplify DNA to identify the species of mussel each sample. Co-taught by SEP teacher Sam Garson from Friday Harbor High School.
Feb 10
Feb 10

SEP School Year Workshop: mRNA Vaccines

This is a multi-day event, please click for details
Join us for our School Year Workshop on our new mRNA Vaccines lessons that are part of the mRNA Vaccines & COVID-19 Testing lesson sequence. The workshop will be held over two days, a virtual session during the evening of February 10th and an in-person session on February 11th (times TBD).
Host SEP
March 10
March 10

SEP School Year Workshop: Race, Racism, and Genetics

This is a multi-day event, please click for details
Join us for our spring School Year Workshop on our Race, Racism, and Genetics lesson sequence.
Location In Person
Host Science Education Partnership

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Offering Programs for Undergraduate, Graduate and Postdoctoral Students

Fred Hutch has a longstanding commitment to training the next generation of scientific leaders. Our undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral training programs prepare trainees from diverse backgrounds to lead research and transition to independent careers. 

SciEd in the News 

Photo of Explorer alum

'You Belong In Science:' Fred Hutch builds education pathways

Check out the article by Partnership for Learning on our student programs! The article features Explorers alums Yusuf Hanafy and Jainaba Jawara and SHIP and Pathways Undergrad alum Roberto Ramirez. 

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Last Modified, November 14, 2022