Biotech Academy COVID-19 Updates

HudsonAlpha seeks to provide a safe environment for all our participants and team members. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in our region to make a best-informed decision about holding in-person programming for Summer 2021. We will notify our nominees and post updates on this site if we are unable to host face-to-face activities.

Across all of our programs, HudsonAlpha will follow best-practices for gathering safely. These practices may change based on recommendations from health officials, but currently include reducing overall capacity, social distancing, masking, and frequent symptom/temperature checks.

July 6-July 30, 2021*
Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 pm
*Begins on Tuesday, July 6th due to HudsonAlpha’s observation of the 4th of July holiday


The HudsonAlpha Biotech Academy is an intensive, four-week active learning experience designed to provide a strong foundation in research lab skills as well as an introduction to the latest discoveries in genetics, genomics and biotechnology.

In Academy, students learn basic molecular biology techniques, discover how to identify plant and animal species based on their DNA sequence, study the concepts of genetic engineering by producing and purifying red fluorescent protein and delve into the emerging field of synthetic biology. Additionally, Academy participants visit research labs and associate companies at the HudsonAlpha Institute to explore the various careers and professions available in the field of biotechnology, exposing them to world-class scientists and cutting-edge technology.

The 2021 Biotech Academy concludes with student presentations of their work to their families, teachers, and friends during a live stream virtual Open Lab presentation and graduation ceremony.

Attendees are rising juniors or seniors who have been nominated by their school’s science department. If you are an eligible student interested in being nominated to represent your school at the HudsonAlpha Biotech Academy, please talk with your life science teacher and express your interest in being nominated. Teacher nominations will begin being accepted in February 2021.



One participant will be selected from each of the following high schools:

Bob Jones High School
Buckhorn High School
Columbia High School
Grissom High School
Hazel Green High School
Huntsville High School

James Clemens High School
Jemison High School
Lee High School
Madison Academy
Madison County High School
New Century High School

New Hope High School
Providence Classical School
Randolph School
Sparkman High School
St. John Paul II Catholic High School
Westminster Christian Academy

For more information check out the FAQs. Still have questions? Contact us at [email protected].

The Biotech Academy is made possible through a generous donation from Jean Wessel Templeton.