LABS COVID-19 Updates

HudsonAlpha wants 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 the best-informed decision about holding in-person programming for Summer 2021. Should we need to switch to a virtual format, we will notify our applicants and post updates on this site as they are available.


An after school lab skills program

Prepare to answer scientific research questions and learn to work independently in a laboratory setting in HudsonAlpha’s free after school program Launching Aspiring Biotechnology Scientists – or LABS.

LABS equips high school students from disadvantaged and under-represented populations with the skills and knowledge essential to confidently take the “next steps” towards participating in tomorrow’s stem-based workforce. This program gives students the opportunity to work independently in HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art facilities, making them ready to take advantage of future laboratory opportunities.

More details and how to apply for our fifth cohort

Students must be enrolled in 8-11th grade upon time of application.

Participants who are selected in the 2021 cohort will commit to engage, grow and learn together over two semesters (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022) with a culminating one-week summer experience in 2022. Students will meet in the educational labs at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15 to 6:15 pm on August 24-September 30, 2021 and January 25-March 3, 2022. The week-long summer 2022 experience will be held from 8-5 pm with lunch and snacks provided.

Applications for the 2021 LABS cohort (Cohort V) open January 31, 2021 at 9:00 am and close March 31 at 5:00 pm. A selection committee will choose which students will be invited to participate in the program, and students will be notified of their selection in May 2021. The program includes a parent orientation the week before the first session in August 2021. The goal for our LABS program is to provide experiences to students who are either underrepresented in the sciences (in gender or race) or disadvantaged (based on ability or access or lower-income households) and who might not traditionally have this opportunity. While special consideration will be given to students who fall within those parameters, we invite any high school student who meets the grade requirements to apply!

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

LABS is made possible through support from:

 BBVA Compass Foundation  ⋅  Wells Fargo Foundation