University at Buffalo National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Project

The Western New York Genetics in Research Partnership developed partnerships with disadvantaged schools across a 14-county region in Western New York that served as a pipeline for teacher and student recruitment, training and mentorship in STEM, with a particular focus on basic genome analysis and bioinformatics in an National Science Foundation (NSF) ITEST Strategies project grant (Award Number 1311902)

The STEM-related goals of the project are to:

  • Allow high school students and teachers to participate in scientific research
  • Stimulate the interest of students in pursuing careers in science and technology through the use of a unique, interactive learning environment combined with intensive support intervention and
  • Encourage teachers to include bioinformatics and genomics in their curriculum.

Applications for teachers are currently closed. To participate please visit the SEPA page on our website.

To view previous students, work and to learn more about the grant, visit