HAMPTON, Va. – On June, 12th through the 15th, Hampton University will host the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT )workshop. Dozens of participants representing nearly 40 institutions will educate a diverse crowd of undergraduate students.
The Genome Consortium for Active Teaching Using Next-Generation Sequencing (GCAT-SEEK) is a network of schools that brings together the necessary resources to support genomic projects with undergraduates. The network is funded by grants from the HHMI undergraduate grants and NSF research coordination networks for undergraduate biology education (RCN/UBE) programs.
The network facilitates group runs and/or negotiated group pricing with a number of sequencing centers; connects liberal arts professors to experts in various fields; increases access to shared computer resources for faculty and undergraduate-students across the country; conducts summer faculty development workshops which include funding for participant research projects; and develops and publishes genomics teaching resources. The GCAT-SEEK network has grown to over 240 members from over 140 schools.
“The completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 marked the beginning of the Age of Genomics and sparked a revolution in biology and medicine”, said HU biology professor, Dr. Edison R. Fowlks, who pioneered genomics and bioinformatics at Hampton University. Moreover, he worked with the GCAT professors in the early years through leadership and funding acquisition to empower undergraduate teachers to provide undergraduate students with active learnings experiences in the genome sciences.
The GCAT workshop will take place in McGrew Towers and HU Research II Facilities.