Mission

The Genomics Education Partnership (GEP) is a nationwide community of faculty from more than 100 colleges and universities dedicated to facilitating equity in undergraduate biology education. GEP provides training, resources, and mentorship to empower faculty to provide their students experiential learning and Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) in genomics and bioinformatics. GEP celebrates the diverse types of institutions and students represented by our faculty and are committed to recruiting and mentoring faculty at institutions especially well-poised to serve students from historically underrepresented groups. Equitable access to research and the associated career development opportunities can help build a more representative biomedical community, one that is fair and just.

Benefits

Education Through Research Experiences

The GEP helps address STEM education needs by integrating active learning into the undergraduate curriculum. Through CUREs centered in bioinformatics and genomics, GEP students engage in authentic scientific research and develop valuable skills in data science, while also practicing problem-solving and perseverance to produce scientific results.

Broadly Effective

The GEP is a nationwide community of practice that, through training, mentorship, and collaboration, enables a broad range of institutions to introduce bioinformatics and genomics into the undergraduate curriculum. Bioinformatics training extends the teaching of molecular biology and emphasizes the power of computational approaches to explore biological systems. Inquiry-driven genomics research engages students in scientific discovery.

Democratizing Research Experiences

No research infrastructure is needed; the required equipment for research in bioinformatics is a computer and connection to the Internet, making this opportunity broadly accessible. Because the curriculum is integrated into a course during the academic year, and is accessible 24/7 through the Internet, students have the flexibility to attend to other responsibilities while also gaining research experience.

Flexible Implementation

GEP faculty use our materials in a wide variety of ways depending on the course structure and student backgrounds. These implementations range from incorporating short lessons into an existing course (e.g., using a genome browser to investigate eukaryotic gene structure) to participating in a genomics CURE centered around comparative gene annotation.

Community of Science Educators

The GEP provides a welcoming environment where faculty find a community devoted to pursuing excellence in science teaching. New GEP members are paired with a mentor who teaches in a similar educational setting to discuss effective ways to introduce the curriculum and research projects to their students.

Expanding the Partnership

We host free online and in person faculty training workshops and supply peer mentors. We also provide training and financial support for peer student instructors. Current GEP faculty participate in our summer Alumni Workshops, at no cost to them, to share their experiences teaching GEP materials, develop new curriculum, and work on potential scientific and education research publications.

Benefits

Education Through Research Experiences

The GEP helps address STEM education needs by integrating active learning into the undergraduate curriculum. Through Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) centered in bioinformatics and genomics, students engage in authentic scientific research and develop valuable skills in data science, while also practicing problem-solving and perseverance to produce scientific results. Our scientific research publications use the gene models produced by GEP students to better understand the structure and evolution of genes and genomes.

Broadly
Effective

The GEP is a nationwide community of practice that, through training, mentorship, and collaboration, enables a broad range of institutions to introduce bioinformatics and genomics into the undergraduate curriculum. Bioinformatics training extends the teaching of molecular biology and emphasizes the power of computational approaches to explore biological systems. Inquiry-driven genomics research engages students in scientific discovery. Assessment data shows that students in GEP courses report gaining a greater understanding of how science is done and appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the knowledge base, to function as scientists.

Democratizing Research Experiences

Since its founding in 2006, the GEP has expanded across the country to encompass more than 100 institutions of all sizes and missions. The majority of the GEP member schools are Primarily Undergraduate Institutions, but members range from Community Colleges to R1 Universities. No research infrastructure is needed; the required equipment for research in bioinformatics is a computer and connection to the Internet, making this opportunity broadly accessible. Because the curriculum is integrated into a course during the academic year, and is accessible 24/7 through the Internet, students have the flexibility to attend to other responsibilities while also gaining research experience.

Flexible
Implementation

GEP faculty use our materials in a wide variety of ways depending on the course structure and student backgrounds. These implementations range from incorporating short lessons into an existing course (e.g., using a genome browser to investigate eukaryotic gene structure) to participating in a genomics CURE centered around comparative gene annotation.

Community of Science Educators

The GEP provides a welcoming environment where faculty find a community devoted to pursuing excellence in science teaching. Many GEP faculty had no prior experience in genomics or bioinformatics, yet they were able to use the GEP’s curriculum and professional development efforts to bring cutting-edge genomics concepts and tools into their teaching. New GEP members are paired with a mentor who teaches in a similar educational setting to discuss effective ways to introduce the curriculum and research projects to their students.

Expanding the
Partnership

We host free online and in-person faculty training workshops and supply a peer mentor. We also provide training and financial support for peer student instructors. Current GEP faculty participate in our summer Alumni Workshops, at no cost to them, to share their experiences teaching GEP materials, develop new curriculum, and work on potential scientific and education research publications.

Institutions

The color of each marker corresponds to the year when the institution joined the GEP.