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The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) holds Careers in Human Genetics Information Days to expose students interested in learning more about career opportunities in genetics. This opportunity is a great way for students to discuss first hand different careers in genetics and ask questions in a small group setting. During the session, students may meet with a core lab director, bioinformatician, genetic counselor, research scientist, lab manager/lab compliance director, medical geneticist, and molecular geneticists. Discussions will include the education and training required for each position, and descriptions of the daily activities for each position.
High school students, undergraduate students, recent graduates, or teachers wishing to learn more about careers in human genetics. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants per session. If your group is larger than 10 students please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org.
These programs are usually offered four times a year. Please contact email@example.com for additional details and availability. 2014-2015 Session dates include:
Schedules include discussions with discussions with a variety of IIHG staff from different disciplines within the genetics field as well as facility tours.
The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics is located on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Students will be provided location details upon registration.
If you or your students are interested in attending, we encourage you to register online using the link below. Please send any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are not able to provide transportation for participants.
If you are bringing a smaller vehicle, you may park across the street in the Newton Road Parking Ramp. Please note this is a parking ramp with an hourly fee. We cannot validate or provide parking passes. Paid when you leave, the hourly rate is $0.90 for the first hour and $1.20 for each additional hour to a daily maximum of $18. A lost ticket cost is $18. Ramp parking may be paid by cash, check, credit or debit card. Do not park in the meters across the street from the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF), as those meters do not allow you to park for several hours and you will be ticketed. We cannot reimburse you or pay for any tickets that you may receive while at the parking meters.
There is a bus stop just outside the northwest entrance of the Medical Education and Research Facility where the bus can drop off students.
If you will be driving either a school or a charter bus, you may only park at the Hancher Auditorium parking lot. Bus parking is limited due to the ongoing campus building and renovation projects. If you are unable to find adequate parking in the Hancher Lot, please park in the Upper City Park Circle, located off Park Road. Drivers of school or chartered buses must stay with the bus at all times.
Take Newton Road east to South Riverside Drive. Turn north (left) on to South Riverside Drive. Get in the right lane and follow South Riverside Drive as it veers to the right. Hancher Parking Lot will be ahead on your right.
If your group or individuals in your group are more than 15 minutes late to arrive, they will likely miss the first experience and it will be extremely difficult to connect the late students with the group since the group visits various locations. UI Health Care does not have additional staff resources available to help latecomers, so it is imperative that the group leaders and group members plan ahead prior to their visit. Please allow an extra 15 minutes to arrive on campus, park, and find the meeting location.
We encourage participants to wear comfortable shoes, as they will do some walking through our academic medical center.
If possible, please leave bulky coats and bags at home or in the bus during the visit. We do not have a place to store these items during the tour, so students will have to carry them around campus if they choose to bring them.
Our IIHG education programs are offered free of charge to student groups. However, there are times that we have limited staff and physical resources available and therefore, your experience may differ from other groups or what may be described in the program description based on availability of these resources. Please review all policies and procedures below before requesting your visit.
Please note: Participants will not interact with patients or enter into patient areas as part of this program. No exceptions.
Groups are limited to no more than 20 students; groups of 10 or more students must have at least 2 adults chaperones. UI outreach education and staff are not considered chaperones.
Student groups can range in age, however, we strongly encourage groups of similar age to visit at a given time.
Groups must find their own transportation to campus and pay for their own parking. We cannot reimburse students, teachers, chaperones or drivers for any parking tickets they may incur while illegally parked on campus.
Students are strongly encouraged to ask questions and actively participate at all sites. It is helpful in preparing for the visit to have students write down 3-4 questions they would like to ask during their visit.
Visitors should wear appropriate attire, including comfortable walking shoes. Baseball hats, flip-flops, ripped or torn jeans and clothing showing the mid-drift area are not allowed.
Consent forms are required and must be completed upon arrival on the health sciences campus by all who wish to participate in our educational experiences. Failure to submit consent forms by individual students may result in limited participation in the educational experiences.