K-12 Outreach

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh extends its teaching mission beyond the walls of the Clapp / Langley / Crawford complex to bring understanding of science to the greater Pittsburgh area. It is the goal of the Outreach program is to bridge the gap between the science community and K-12 teachers and students. In past years this has been accomplished through several successful programs, and now more than ever we are finding new ways to effectively translate current science into the classroom. Our programs support teachers, students and classrooms by providing cutting-edge technology and developing new techniques for incorporating that technology into the classroom.

There are several programs targeted to different facets of the Outreach program goals. Explore our links for more information about these programs, which include workshops for High School teachers, field trips to University facilities, and on-site visits to Elementary, Middle, and High Schools - all made possible by funding from The Grable Foundation and the Louis and Sandra Berkman Foundation.


2019 High School to College Science (H2C) After School Program

Are you interested in studying biology in college?

If so, the high school to college (H2C) program at Pitt would love to hear from you!  We are looking for a group of scientific-minded high school students who want to learn more about Biology while developing laboratory skills.  You will learn a variety of lab techniques through a number of current laboratory exercises.  Additionally, we will take time to focus on strategies and skills that will be invaluable for applying to and succeeding in college!

No prior lab experience is necessary.  Pitt’s Biology Outreach team will provide you with all necessary safety training, scientific background, and laboratory instruction and you will work in a group environment with fellow high school students. 

This program is open to any high school student who is currently residing in the City of Pittsburgh.

Program details:

Location:       250 Crawford Hall, University of Pittsburgh


Dates:            February-April 2019

Classroom sessions: Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 pm or 4:15-5:15pm

Lab Sessions: Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm or Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm


Contact:        Dr. Becky Gonda

                        Office phone: 412-383-5739

                        Email: reg11@pitt.edu

Apply: Applications are due no later than January 11th, 2019. Please fill in the online application here: Pitt Biology H2C After School Application


Workshops for Teachers

Check back in 2019 for Summer 2019 workshop offerings!

Biology is a rapidly changing field and scientists make discoveries daily that alter our understanding of biological principles and shape the direction of our future investigations. The High School Teachers' Workshops are intended to update topic knowledge and to facilitate the introduction of contemporary topics and techniques in the classroom.

The teachers selected for this program will receive:

  • A stipend
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 Continuing Education hours
  • Access to the Pitt Kits program, which provides all of the reagents, supplies and equipment necessary to incorporate the new topics and concepts into their curriculum at no cost to the teacher or to the school district

For more information, contact the Outreach Coordinator, Becky Gonda, Ph.D.