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See below for information, tools, and other resources available to our current and prospective partners in support of genomics and bioinformatics research.

Outreach

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Training the Next Generation of Biodiversity Genomic Scientists

GGI engages the next generation of biodiversity genomic scientists by providing training through STEM programs, advanced fellowships, and visiting scientist opportunities. Our staff regularly participate in museum-wide outreach programs and mentor scientists at a variety of levels, including high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and senior-level faculty members.

Internships

GGI has supported a number of outreach programs for students at the National Museum of Natural History, including a molecular laboratory boot camp for high school students from under-represented communities in the DC area, the Yes! Global Genome Initiative: The Next Generation of Genomic Researchers program; an undergraduate crash-course in modern field biology in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Society and local universities; undergraduate and high school internship opportunities in genomic sample preservation techniques and research bioinformatics.

Fellowships

GGI’s fellowship program provides opportunities for postdoctoral scientists to conduct new and innovative research in biodiversity genomics in order to better understand Earth’s genomic biodiversity.

Museum Outreach in Biodiversity Genomics

GGI supports museum outreach events in biodiversity genomics such as weekly biodiversity informatics assistance brown-bag lunches, local workshops and citizen science programs. Events range from the DC Girls Who Code immersion program workshop on data analysis techniques in science to the DC City Nature Challenge.

Communicating Best Practices in Genomic Research and Collections

In order for GGI to reach its preservation and understanding goals, standards and best practices for collecting, managing and studying Earth’s biodiversity must be communicated to the global research and collections community. This is achieved by working with collections and technology partners to disseminate knowledge through GGI supported workshops and publications.

Inspiring Teenagers

Genomics is increasingly an important part of how the world defines and studies organisms. GGI's push to inspire and train the next generation of genomics researchers is critical.

Open Access Drives Discovery

One of the biggest roadblocks to non-human genomics research is finding information. Do samples exist? What do we know about them? And, most importantly, what are we missing?

The Global Genome Initiative is building a portal that aggregates all this information to accelerate discovery. An ecologist studying elephant conservation in Kenya will have access to the same information as a researcher at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Each can pursue his own questions.

Training the Next Generation

The Museum has always prepared emerging scientists to investigate life, in all its fascinating forms. The Global Genome Initiative will continue this tradition. We will attract the brightest minds and increase our ability to train pre- and postdoctoral students.

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