Teacher Professional Development

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.

Learn more about the Science Education Partnership (SEP) at Fred Hutch

Summer Session

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.

Lead Teacher Sheryl Mason works with SEP participants in the teaching lab.

Teaching Lab

Teacher Selamawit Bariamichael works with samples in her mentor's research lab.

Research Lab

Teachers and colleagues work to develop resources specific for their classroom and community.

Classroom Prep

Teaching Lab

Work with colleagues, lead teachers, and SEP staff learning the key concepts and techniques used in research laboratories, and participate in discussions about integrating research and biotechnology into the classroom.

SEP Application Information 

The Application for 2022 is closed. Please visit us again next year for information about 2023.

2022 Program Dates

  • Opening Day workshop virtual session Fri, May 13, 2022 (4:00-6:00pm) and in-person session Sat, May 14, 2022 (9:00am-4:00pm)
  • Summer Session Mon - Fri, July 11-29, 2022 (9:00am-4:00pm)
  • Fall Kickoff Day on Sat, September 17, 2022 (times TBD)
  • Reflection Day on Sat, May 6, 2023 (times TBD)


Program Schedule


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:

  • Keep a laboratory notebook
  • Prepare a curriculum project
  • Participate in program evaluation
  • Commit to attending ALL scheduled days

In addition, your district must commit one day of release time, or equivalent, as evidence of support for your application.

Program Benefits

  • Participants receive a $1,500 participation award for the professional development experience.
  • Upon completion of all program requirements, participants may purchase five hours of graduate level credit or fifty clock hours through through the University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences.
  • Ongoing access to SEP kits, resources, technical support and surplus lab supplies for WA teachers who have completed training (in person at the SEP summer session)

Hutch Access Award


The SEP Hutch Access Award provides financial support for teachers who either:

  1. Come from racial and ethnic backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences
  2. Serve a large (>50%) student population from such backgrounds
  3. Face other significant barriers to access (for example, teachers who live in areas with limited access to scientific resources or who would otherwise not be able to attend our professional development session)

We provide a minimum of two scholarships in the amount of $3,000. If you would like to be considered, please fill out the Hutch Access Award supplemental application when you apply to the program.

Program perks:

  • Participants receive a $1,000 stipend for the professional development experience.
  • Upon completion of all program requirements, participants may earn five hours of graduate level credit (at low cost) through the University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences or 50 clock hours through WSTA.
  • Ongoing access to SEP kits, resources, technical support and surplus lab supplies.

School Year Workshops

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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Upcoming Workshops

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).
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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
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Past workshops

Frontiers in Cancer Research Advanced Curriculum (Immunotherapy)


Frontiers in Cancer Research Intro Curriculum


Race, Racism, and Genetics Lessons


COVID-19 Testing and Inequities Lessons


Gender Inclusive Biology Classroom


Teaching SEP Labs Virtually

Recorded session is available using the password: 8D@yE6=1

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Kit Loan Program and Supplies

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.

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Teacher Fellow working in a lab

Hutch Teacher Fellows

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.

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