COVID-19 Contingency Notice
SEP has opened the application link for our Summer 2021 Program. If possible, the program will run as expected and described. 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.
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 4-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.
Before you apply, we recommend that you review the Preview 2021 SEP Application PDF which has a summary of the application questions. Do NOT try to fill out and send us the PDF, please use the application link above instead. The PDF is just for preview purposes.
April 19, 2021: Notification of acceptance
May 15, 2021: Opening Day workshop (times TBD)
July 12-Aug 6, 2021: SEP Summer Session (times TBD)
September 18, 2021: Fall Kickoff (times TBD)
May 1, 2022: Reflection Day (times TBD)
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.