Links to extra-curricular high school programs in the life sciences:
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Access Excellence, launched in 1993, is a national educational program that provides high school biology teachers access to their colleagues, scientists, and critical sources of new scientific information via the Information Highway.
Heritage Youth Researcher Summer Program
Developed and funded by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, HYRS offers a hands-on research experience during 6 weeks of summer at a provincial university to exceptional Grade 11 students.
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the world’s largest pre-college celebration of science. Held annually in May, the Intel ISEF brings together nearly 1,500 students from more than 40 nations.
International BioGENEius Challenge
U.S. adaptation of the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada.
SCIber MENTOR Program
The SCIber MENTOR Program is an email mentoring program for girls aged 11 to 18 interested in the field of science and engineering.
The Student Mentorship Association Regarding Technology & Science (SMARTS) is a student run program within the Youth Science Foundation (YSF) Canada to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) opportunities among Grade 7-12 students.
Virtual Science Fair
Virtual Science Fair provides direction and motivation for teachers and students to make the very best use of computer/Internet technology while developing positive attitudes towards science.
Below is a list of links with further information on biotechnology:
Ag-West Biotech is a not-for-profit organization established to foster agricultural biotechnology initiatives in Saskatchewan.
Amgen is a pharmaceutical company with focuses in cancer biology, inflammation, metabolic disorders, neurology, and hematology. Amgen products information and research is available. The site provides extensive information on biotechnology, the process, history, and the genetic code. It also includes links to informative online services and educational resources.
BioAtlantech is the lead agency for developing the life sciences industry in the province of New Brunswick. BioAtlantech’s mission is to encourage and enable development and adaptation of biotechnologies to the benefit of the citizens and economy of New Brunswick.
This site provides extensive links to university courses, business schools, graduate schools, education, and training for Canadians interested in careers in biotechnology. It also features job searches, recruitment, and employment by connecting potential employees to employers.
The site combines resources of biotechnology companies, biotechnology centers, research and academic institutions, industry suppliers, government agencies, and non-profit special interest groups.
Targeted at members of the biotechnology industry, this site has a wealth of information on the latest products, research breakthroughs, companies, and articles. Products and books are advertised on the site is for sell. A free Bioresearch Online newsletter is also available. This is an excellent resource for up-to-date biotech news as well as what’s hot in the industry.
BIOTECanada is the national organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of biotechnology and the many ways it contributes to improving the quality of life of all Canadians.
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
BIO is a trade organization representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions and state biotechnology centers.
Cell and Molecular Biology Online
“An informational resource for cell and molecular biologists”
The Centre for Computational Biology (CCB)
The Centre for Computational Biology (CCB) is a Core Facility at the Sickkids Research Institute. Their mission is to serve the computing and software development needs of the Institute and the brader research community. Their vision is to create a centre of excellence in the area of disease databases, computational biology and bioinformatics, drug discovery and biological image analysis.
Dolan DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Using multimedia, this site engages its audience in learning about DNA in a simple and informative way. The site features extensive information on genetic disorders, the history of DNA and its revolution, eugenics, as well as Bioservers, a teacher and student friendly bioinformatics tool. The site also has a Biology Animation Library that covers DNA science concepts. This is an extremely educational and resourceful site targeted at students, teachers, and people with minimal scientific background.
European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Established in 1974, EMBL aims to conduct research in molecular biology, provide essential services and training to scientists, and to develop new instrumentation for biological research. The site includes news archives, research information, and various papers for download.
Genentech, the founder of the biotechnology industry, is a leading biotech company with research focuses of oncology, immunological disease, and vascular biology. Information on the company’s products, researchers, patient profiles, as well as current research projects is available.
Genetics Education Centre
For educators with an interest in human genetics and the human genome project.
Genome Technology (monthly publication)
Genome Technology is a monthly magazine for and about the genomics industry and provides news and information on the business and technology of genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics. Subscribers include research enterprises in the pharmaceutical, agri-science , biotechnology, academic and government sectors.
Science for Canada
The Government of Canada has a wide range of policies, programs, and a rigorous regulatory system to help Canada remain a leader in understanding, using, and developing biotechnology in a beneficial, safe, and responsible manner. As part of their work, the departments and agencies of the government provide a vast amount of online information about biotechnology. Science for Canada is a tool to help you locate information on biotechnology from these different federal departments and agencies.
Harvard Bio Labs Library
“Resource of full-text online journal articles and databases”
Iowa State University – Biotechnology
This site provides information on bioethics (i.e. case studies), biotechnology education (i.e. curriculum, protocols, outreach), the biotech industry, and current research. The university has a biotechnology outreach education center that provides an online course for educators on biotechnology ethics as well as various publications such as Bioethics in Brief and Ag Bioethics Forum. The site provides links to current news in biotechnology, and articles for biotechnology educators.
Life Sciences BC
The B.C. Biotechnology Alliance is a not-for-profit trade association for producers and users of biotechnology. On behalf of its membership, the BCBA promotes and facilitates the development of a strong commercial biotechnology industry in B.C.
Life: The Science of Biology
Demo site; companion site to Life: the science of biology, 5th ed. by Purves, Orian, Heller and Sadava.
Molecular Biology Notebook Online
The site is an extension to the MBN CD ROM. On the website, links to information on DNA and molecular biology, resources for students and teachers, sample experiments, and discussion forums are available. This site provides excellent links to online biology courses and various resources.
National Agricultural Library (NAL)
NAL provides access to a variety of information services and publications covering many aspects of agricultural biotechnology.
National Centre for Biotechnology Education (NCBE)
The NCBE provides independent and authoritative information, training and resources for schools and colleges, industry, professional organisations and the general public.
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
A division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Center is a national resource for molecular biology information.
The National Research Council Biotechnology Institute
The Biotechnology Research Institute of the National Research Council Canada (NRC-BRI) is the largest Canadian research facility devoted to biotechnology.
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
Ontario Agri-Food Technologies
Ontario Agri-Food Technologies’ mission is to provide leadership and coordination in utilizing biotechnology to generate wealth for the agricultural and food industries of Ontario.
Primer on Molecular Genetics, Department of Energy
This primer was prepared for the Human Genome Program Report in 1992 and is an excellent resource on the human genome project and the mechanisms involved in the mapping and sequencing the human genome. The information given is quite advanced and readers should have some understanding of the science of DNA.
Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital
This research institute is a University of Toronto affiliated research centre that is a leader in biomedical research. Its research concentrations are molecular biology and cancer, development and fetal health, and epidemiology and biostatistics. Research Domains, a quarterly publication that is available for download, is a compendium of recent events, granting news, scientific publications, and profiles of researchers.
Sanofi Pasteur Ltd
sanofi pasteur ltd is the vaccine branch of sanofi aventis , one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Sanofi aventis works with network partners to discover and develop therapeutic solutions for cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, asthma and allergies. In addition to information on the company itself, the site also provides links to health information and pharmaceutical products on the market.
The Biotechnology Initiative
The Biotechnology Initiative (TBI) is a non-profit organization committed to promoting the growth of biotechnology in Toronto and the surrounding region.
Toronto Hospital for Sick Children
This site provides information on the current research going on at the hospital and provides information on the hospital in general. Researchers’ contact information and publications are available.
University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center
The Center’s Biotechnology Outreach Program provides tours of, and workshops at, the Biotechnology Center of the UW-Madison campus.
Virtual Interactive Revolutionary Tactile Magnetic Classroom
A comprehensive teaching tool designed for simplified instruction, these magnetic manipulatives will transform the way you teach biology. A series of magnets and model pieces demonstrate how the same molecules are used over and over again in different biological processes, giving students a more complete visual picture of living cells.
Youth Resource Network
In addition to teaching youth the basics of how to find a job, this site includes job listings, opportunities for university/college students, and information on youth employment programs. This network is dedicated to helping youth find employment through career planning, training, and education.