Genes & Greens 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 applicants 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.

Genes & Greens is a three-week summer program at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, where students will see first-hand how genetic research is shaping the future of farming by improving agriculture and protecting the environment.

Students will:

  • Experience cutting-edge plant genome research in the HudsonAlpha labs and in the fields
  • Delve into CRISPR gene editing, selective breeding, biofuel crops and much more
  • Explore how genetic research will impact the future of farming and food security
  • Learn the latest in molecular biology lab techniques and bioinformatics tools relating to genetics and agriculture
  • Discover if a career in science or the biotechnology of agriscience is right for you

Genes & Greens is fully funded by the National Science Foundation.
There is no cost to the students.

  • June 14 – July 2, 2021
  • 1pm – 5pm
  • Paul Propst Center at HudsonAlpha Institute, 800 Hudson Way NW, Huntsville, AL
  • Students must be enrolled in 10th – 12th grade when they apply.
  • Home-schooled students are eligible to apply.
  • Students from under-represented and disadvantaged populations are encouraged to apply and will be given strong consideration.
  • Applications will be accepted from January 20 – March 15, 2021.
  • Students will be notified of selection status by April 15, 2021.
  • Participants will be selected based on a personal statement that addresses the following topics:
    • Tell us about yourself and your interests.
    • Describe why you would like to learn more about the genetics of plants and plant research.
    • What are your plans for the future?
    • Any other information you feel would be helpful for your application.
  • Students from under-represented and disadvantaged populations are encouraged to apply and will be given strong consideration.

Genes & Greens: The Tech of Plant Science is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. OIA-1826781. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.