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The Greenwood Genetic Center’s Division of Education has a long history of providing outreach to students from middle school through post-graduate work who are interested in the field of genetics. GGC is dedicated to inspiring future scientists through a variety of programs.
GGC’s educational outreach program includes two vehicles bringing engaging activities and career exploration to middle and high schools across South Carolina. The Gene Machine Mobile Science Laboratory is a 41-foot mobile science lab that carries high-tech laboratory equipment and can accommodate up to 24 students onboard providing an opportunity for students to learn about genetic science while having hands-on fun. More recently, GGC has acquired a cargo van dubbed the Helix Express which allows the Center to expand its offerings and transport equipment for use in the classroom. For both programs, teachers may choose from multiple activities, which meet the requirements for STEM and South Carolina Science Standards.
High school students are encouraged to apply for GGC’s one-day shadowing program. Participation in the program will expose the student to the many opportunities in clinical care, diagnostic testing and research in the field of genetics.
A summer internship at Greenwood Genetic Center is available for qualifying college students. Seven stipend positions are available each summer lasting from 8-10 weeks. All applications will be considered; however, a preference is given to juniors and seniors. GGC faculty members will directly contact potential candidates to arrange interviews.
In 2017, Greenwood Genetic Center introduced its first Junior Genetics Scholars Summer Camp for high school students. Participants of the summer camp program experience a fun-filled week exploring the concepts and technologies of genetics and careers in the field. Contact Dr. Leta Tribble for information about upcoming camps.
Building on the expertise of established professionals in the field of medical genetics is as important as training the budding geneticists who will make tomorrow’s breakthroughs. That's why Greenwood Genetic Center offers programs that increase the value of genetic medicine now and in the future.
The future of medical genetics relies on enthusiastic and well-educated scientists. Greenwood Genetic Center’s Division of Education takes seriously the obligation of supporting that future by offering training and educational opportunities to middle school, high school and college students as well as healthcare professionals.