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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers

July 5-22, 2011

The Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers (CIBT) offers high quality professional development to K-12 science and biology teachers throughout New York State and beyond.

The institute brings teachers together every summer to experience recent updates in biology and to promote interactions among teachers and Cornell scientists. The workshop includes talks by Cornell experts, hands-on lab and field activities, and opportunities for teachers to interact with other teachers and Cornell researchers. The course also includes field trips to Cornell facilities and local natural attractions. Evenings are often used for supplemental lectures, field trips, or activities and group events. The program staff includes former teacher program participants who are highly experienced in using CIBT activities in their classroom.

CIBT provides unique on-campus living and learning opportunities in science and biology for elementary through high school teachers. The workshop is supported by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and all participants receive a fellowship that includes housing on the Cornell campus, most fees, and laboratory supplies.

After the workshop, teachers return to their classrooms with new and innovative material for teaching life science. Alumni of the program have access to CIBT science equipment, classroom visits by CIBT and Cornell staff, special CIBT workshops, and Return-to-Campus events.

In the summer of 2010, CIBT will conduct the following workshop:

  • Molecular Biology for High School Teachers (BIOG 6020) will be on campus from July 12-23, and is open to middle school teachers with advanced classes and high school biology teachers. Limited to 20 participants. Participants may earn two graduate credits upon successful completion of this workshop.

Admission to the programs is by application only. Applications and supporting information are available on the CIBT website. Applications are due by May 28, 2010.

More information can be obtained from the CIBT office, 103A Leland Laboratory, Ithaca, NY 14853, telephone 607.255.6129, email:, Web site: