University at Buffalo Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Project

The Western New York Genetics in Research and Health Care Partnership, funded by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will develop an ongoing partnership with disadvantaged schools across a 14-county region that will serve as a pipeline for teacher and student recruitment, training and mentorship in bioscience, with a particular focus on genetics. It is designed to support career paths for students in both scientific research and the health professions, emphasizing assistance to those from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups, as well as to familiarize teachers with basic bioinformatics concepts that they can introduce into their classrooms.

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.
  • Encourage teachers to include bioinformatics and genomics in their curriculum.

Interested 9 through 12 grade biology and science teachers and administrators in Erie and Niagara counties should complete this teacher application form.

Participating teachers can be paid for training, teaching, and preparation up to $2,137.50 ($25/hour) for a year of participation.

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

Informational Guide 2017-2018