Elgin SCR et al. (2017) A Genomics Education Alliance.
Educators need to train the next generation of biology students to be data-savvy scientists who can apply their skills to address emerging challenges in human health, agriculture, and climate. The Genomics Education Alliance (GEA) is a community-based organization driven to sustain established efforts that incorporate genomics into undergraduate classrooms. Genome annotation and analysis, as a stand-alone effort or in conjunction with wet-bench investigation, has proven to be an effective way to a) introduce large numbers of biology students to bioinformatics, and b) provide students with a course-based research experiences (CUREs). GEA will collect and maintain an up-to-date framework, including accessible tools and research problems, that supports undergraduate genomics education and promotes CURE-based approaches to deliver such training. GEA seeks solution to lower barriers (e.g. technological, training, pedagogical) that educators face in bringing genomics to undergraduates at scale. We invite the community of researchers and educators working in genomics and related fields to join us in shaping this alliance with the aim of achieving transformative change, delivering genomics curriculum that can be globally implemented.
The GEA Steering Committee is organized into four committees aligned with the project aims, each chaired by one of the Co-PIs for the GEA. Additional community members, including those from community colleges and minority-serving institutions, will be recruited to committees to participate in network activities, including testing new tools and approaches.Meet the Steering Committee