Synthetic Biology Education

EBRC is committed to improving education, training, and workforce development in engineering biology. This includes establishing engineering biology to be on par with other STEM fields and ensuring that the U.S. education system produces qualified engineering biology practitioners for roles in research, manufacturing, and throughout the scientific enterprise. The working group facilitates sharing and promotion of high-quality materials and resources for use at all levels, including masters degree and community college programs. Through various programs and dynamic industry engagement, EBRC aims to develop the engineering biology workforce and train the next generation of engineering biology industry and academic leaders.

Programs & Activities

  • Education & Outreach Activities

    Workshops, short-courses, classroom activities and hands-on training opportunities to share education and training tools in engineering biology.

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  • Teaching Materials

    We facilitate sharing of teaching materials in engineering biology. Want access? Sign in or join EBRC.

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  • Industry Internship Program

    EBRC is launching a pilot Summer Industry Internship Program for U.S.-based graduate students to gain experience in small- and medium-sized biotechnology companies. The program’s goal is to provide students with opportunities that will better prepare them to become leaders in the next-generation biotech workforce and strengthen the interactions between academia and industry.

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  • Mentorship

    Mentorship Program

    The EBRC Student and Postdoc Association established this program to link students and postdocs with EBRC industry and government partners in an effort to provide a fertile research network and promote best practices for responsible innovation. Through this program, graduate students and postdocs are provided with valuable career support and professional guidance, especially those interested in careers outside of academia.

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Activities in Development

EBRC has a number of education-related activities in development by the Education Working Group. These activities and programs are currently in the information-gathering and organizational stages and we expect to roll them out soon. If you would like more information about these activities, or would like to contribute, please get in touch.

  • EBRsee

    A multimedia-based promotion of science for the public, EBRsee is an initiative to produce short, animated or live action videos and podcasts on concepts in engineering biology to increase public awareness and engagement.

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Working Group

The Education Working Group is responsible for coordinating educational resources, information, and activities among educators and practitioners in engineering biology-related fields. This group develops programs that support education at all levels and works with industry partners to understand workforce needs.

Chair: Danielle Tullman-Ercek
Staff Director: Emily Aurand

Education News

  • 03/04/2019

    Grab your kiddos and take a listen to February’s episode of Tumble Science Podcast for Kids featuring Danielle Tullman-Ercek discussing engineering bacteria.

  • 02/16/2019

    Oxford University Press has issued a call for papers for a Special Issue on Synthetic Biology Education. More information.

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