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North Carolina DNA Day is an outreach event where scientists from NC’s leading research universities and institutions visit over 100 high schools statewide to present interactive, hands-on lessons about genetics, genomics, biotechnology, and the role of science in public health. In addition, scientist ambassadors discuss their own ongoing research with students and share exciting career opportunities in science and biotechnology.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has suspended scientist visits to classrooms, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund has funded NC DNA Day to redesign existing DNA Day modules to be delivered virtually. Adapting these modules for online delivery will support our state’s science teachers during a very difficult time and will keep our high school students thinking about STEM careers and the value of scientific research. Patrick Brandt (UNC School of Medicine Office of Graduate Education’s Science Outreach Director) and Sabrina Powell (PPMH Education Director) will facilitate this effort.