The Biotechnology Research Academy prepares teachers to conduct research with their students. A $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I provides an overview of the field of biotechnology with instruction on basic biotechnology tools. These tools include:

  • DNA extraction
  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • Restriction Digest
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Bacterial Transformation
  • Protein Chromatography
  • Intro to Bioinformatics

Level-II This workshop provides teachers with skills and knowledge to meet the California Content Standards for evolution, genetics and immunology through inquiry, investigation and experimentation. The instruction includes:

  • PCR
  • DNA sequencing
  • Protein analysis using Western Blotting
  • Bioinformatics

Level-III This workshop prepares teachers to work as members of a research team. Participants develop their understanding of:

  • The nature of science
  • Research strategies and methods
  • Technical writing to communicate research findings

Level-IV Teachers participating in a mentored research internship contribute as a member of a research team. Each teacher receives a $4000 stipend when they complete an 8-week internship. At the completion of the summer research experience each teacher is expected to create and present a research poster at the LLNL Summer Research Symposium. They are required to create a lesson plan that will extend their research experience into the classroom.