About the WNY Genetics in Research Partnership ...
The purpose of this research is to develop better ways to teach bioinformatics through use of hands-on, state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools and create awareness of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This project will train teachers in Genomics Education National Initiative Annotation Collaboration Toolkit (GENI-ACT), an innovative technology experience for students and teachers which includes a “hands-on” cyber-learning approach, to increase knowledge of bioinformatics and allow them to gain experience with bioinformatics software for classroom use. The project will expand student understanding of basic bioinformatics and the scientific process through the use of GENI-ACT, and provide ongoing support to students as they pursue STEM career plans.
Criteria for participation: High school Biology/Science teachers (grades 9-12) from Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties/schools.
Compensation: Teachers will be paid for training, teaching and preparation, up to $2,137.50 per year, for an expected 85.5 hours of work annually ($25/hr).