COVID-19 Contingency Notice
If possible, the program will run as expected and described for summer 2022. However, given the COVID-19 pandemic, the program format may change. This may result in the program being virtual or a hybrid of virtual and on-campus. The program’s duration may also be impacted. We will provide updates as more information becomes available closer to the program start date. For additional details about the Summer Program, please see below.
All teachers participating in a summer program or internship at Fred Hutch must be fully vaccinated* against COVID-19, and agree to follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines while on campus. Proof of vaccination will be required.
*Please note that only the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine is required; booster vaccines are not required at this time.
At the Fred Hutch Science Education Partnership, we provide professional development for secondary school science teachers to help broaden their understanding of life science research, enrich their pedagogical practices and support their growth as teacher-leaders. In order to borrow kits and supplies, teachers must complete the Summer SEP professional development workshop. However, all secondary science teachers are welcome to attend our school-year workshops or access our curriculum resources. To get updates on our programs and teaching resources, sign up for our mailing list here.
Our year-round program includes a 3-week professional development program (the Summer Session) in which participants learn molecular biology skills with colleagues from all across Washington state, work alongside scientist-mentors in their laboratories, and develop a curriculum project to share their experiences with their students.
April 18, 2022: Notification of acceptance
May 14, 2022: Opening Day workshop virtual session (4pm-6pm)
May 15, 2022: Opening Day In-person Session (9am-4pm)
July 11-29, 2022: SEP Summer Session (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm)
September 17, 2022: Fall Kickoff (times TBD)
May 6, 2023: Reflection Day (times TBD)
*All times are tentative and will be confirmed closer to the dates
During the program, participants are required to:
In addition, your district must commit one day of release time, or equivalent, as evidence of support for your application.
SEP offers workshops throughout the school year that are open to all teachers, participation in SEP Summer Session is not necessary.
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Program participants have access to the Kit Loan Program developed and maintained by SEP. Fred Hutch and other funders provide these kits to teachers, free of cost.
These kits offer SEP teachers the opportunity to share hands-on laboratory experiences with students in their classrooms, giving students a unique chance to engage in an authentic, problem-solving approach to science using the same tools and concepts utilized by researchers.
We offer a fellowship for secondary science educators seeking an in-depth, biomedical research experience at Fred Hutch. The fellowship provides support for two summers of research, with additional school year follow-up. While this program is designed for secondary life science teachers, it’s open to other STEM teachers as well.