Our two main U.S. campuses in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina each feature a dedicated laboratory classroom that hosts local middle and high school students free of charge. The Community Lab is the signature example of our commitment to STEM education. It offers daylong, interactive science activities, intensive summer programs and opportunities to meet the real scientists of Biogen.

The Cambridge facility is the longest-running, hands-on corporate science lab in the nation, serving as the model for a growing number of similar initiatives in the biotech community. Nearly 25,000 students in Greater Boston have participated in our programs since the Community Lab first opened in 2002.

Last year marked the first full year of operation for our RTP Community Lab in North Carolina. Modeled on the success of our Cambridge program, the Community Lab expansion continues Biogen’s mission to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders through hands-on learning. 

Our goal is to get more kids excited about science by giving them the opportunity to actually engage with our scientists and see first-hand what the different career opportunities are in the biotech industry.

— Tracy Callahan
Community Labs Director

Biogen Community Lab Summer Sessions 2017!
Applications for the 2017 summer sessions are not yet open. We will accept applications between April 10, 2017 and April 20, 2017. Please see below for information about our program and details on how to apply.

Adventures in Biotechnology

Conduct a hands-on lab project, meet and interact with scientists and other biotech professionals and get an inside view of a biotech company! You will learn about the drug development process while also learning and doing a series of biotech laboratory techniques. Each day will focus on lab work, but there will also be opportunities to hear from and speak with employees from a wide range of departments. The laboratory component for most of our sessions will focus on modifying DNA in order to then produce and purify green fluorescent protein! To accomplish this, you will learn and do the following techniques: bacterial transformation, site-directed mutagenesis, protein extraction, affinity purification and PAGE. But don’t worry if you are not familiar with these lab techniques as that’s what you will learn during the program! All of our programming is free and lunch will be provided each day.

Research Triangle Park, NC Sessions:
Session I: July 17-21
Session II: July 31-August 4
Session III: August 7-11

Cambridge, MA Sessions:
Session I: July 10-14
Session II: July 17-21
Session III: July 24-28
*Session IV: August 7-11
*Session V: August 14-18

Hours: Each session meets daily from 9AM to 4PM, but only until 1PM on Friday.

* The topic and laboratory work for these two sessions will focus on antibodies and cell culture, but students will still learn about the drug development process.

Admissions/Application

The application period for the Biogen Community Lab’s 2017 Adventures in Biotechnology Summer Program begins April 10th and ends April 20th, 2017.  On April 10th a link to the on-line applications will become available on this page.

The on-line application will ask for the following information:

Name, current grade, address, email and phone for student and all parent/guardians, school name, ranked session choice, household income, background ethnicity and how you found out about the program.  Students will also be asked to list any previous STEM programs they have participated in and other programs they are applying to for summer 2017. Students will also be asked to answer the following question in 100-150 words, “Why are you interested in participating in the Biogen Community Lab’s “Adventures in Biotechnology” summer program?”

Applicants will also need to upload a waiver and photo release signed by a parent/guardian and themselves.  You can download the waiver in English or Spanish.

Eligibility
The Biogen Community Lab admissions committee is looking for students who are interested in learning more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and who are currently enrolled in high school (9th grade or above).

Note:  Students must currently be in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade to apply to the Adventures in Biotechnology Summer Program.

Selection Process
Admissions decisions will be made following the application deadline and preference is given to students from Cambridge and Somerville, MA; Wake and Durham counties, NC; and students from low income households and groups historically underrepresented in science. However, we welcome any and all students to apply.