Genome Day – Call for Volunteers

The third annual “Genome Day” will be held on March 9, 2017!  Volunteers are currently being recruited from UB students, faculty and staff for this event.

Logistical Details for volunteers:

  • 400 8th grade students from Buffalo Public Schools visit UB’s Center of Excellence and Roswell Park to learn about DNA, genetics, careers, and extract their own DNA from cheek cells.
  • Volunteers lead groups of 10 students and a chaperone through the DNA extraction and conversation
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017 – “Genome Day”
    • Volunteer time commitment is 8:45am – 1pm, and involves the following:
      • Setting up work stations before students arrive
      • Walk students to the work stations from the Auditorium
      • Leading students through extracting DNA from their own cheek cells
      • Discussing genetics, DNA sequencing, working in science, careers, etc with the students to inspire them and break stereotypes they might have about what it means to be a scientist.  This is all covered in the training.
    • New volunteers, or those seeking a refresher must attend a one hour training session at the Center of Excellence (701 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY)
      • Option 1 – Tuesday, February 21 at 3pm
      • Option 2 – Wednesday, February 22, 9am
      • Option 3 – Wednesday, March 1, 3pm
      • If these options do not work for you, but you are still interested in volunteering, contact me and we will work something out!
    • Breakfast (and coffee!) and a pizza lunch will be available for volunteers.

Please respond to Sandra Small by Wednesday, January 11th, if you are interested in volunteering!  Spread the word to anyone else that you think may be interested!

Sandra Small, Ph.D.

Science Education Manager

Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence

New York State Center of Excellence

Bioinformatics & Life Sciences

 701 Ellicott Street

Buffalo, NY 14203

716.888.4851

sksmall@buffalo.edu