For nearly three decades, the Genetics Department has passionately pursued the path of science education and outreach, participating in innovative programs that elevate the impact of teaching and learning for our entire community.

Photos from our outreach activities:

The genetics department faculty take the lead in various outreach programs to enhance the migration of talented, STEM-focused, minoritized students into college STEM majors. We partner with the McDonnell Genome Institute’s Outreach department to administrate these programs to carry out educational effort in our community.

I am deeply committed to the mentoring and success of high school, undergraduate,
and graduate students in STEM, especially those from under-represented groups.

Jim Skeath, PhD
Jim (left) poses with students from WashU U-STAR Summer Program (MARC Program), July 2022.

The Young Scientist Program is designed to attract students into scientific careers through activities emphasizing hands-on research and individualized contact between young people and active scientists.

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MGI Outreach Group

The McDonnell Genome Institute (MGI) is tightly associated with the Genetics Department and the MGI Outreach group was established in 2003 in response to the National Human Genome Research Institute’s (NHGRI) Minority Action Plan (MAP).

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
MGI booth at a community event at the Saint Louis Science Center.