The Outreach department at the McDonnell Genome Institute is leading the way in educating the public about genomics and its impact on society.

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The group was established in 2003 in response to the National Human Genome Research Institute’s (NHGRI) Minority Action Plan (MAP).

Our goals include the following:

  • Prepare undergraduates for careers in genome sciences through research opportunities that are focused on graduate studies as the next career level.
  • Establish mutually beneficial partnerships with minority-serving institutions, which will build a pipeline of students and faculty for our research programs.
  • Provide faculty at minority-serving institutions with research opportunities that will enhance their curriculum.
  • Facilitate public interaction with the McDonnell Genome Institute in order to educate and encourage interest in genome sciences and genomic medicine.

The Outreach department reaches out to the St. Louis community in various ways, including:

  • Visiting local schools to provide hands-on science activities to K-12 students
  • Providing free tutoring to high school students
  • Community discussions and programs

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