CABBI scientists will showcase their research and their knowledge by staying involved with events and projects on campus and in local communities. The Center is excited to be involved with educational partnerships, public presentations, and student mentoring. A sampling of outreach initiatives:

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

At the USDA Agricultural Research Service

  • CABBI scientists participated in Engineering Day in Peoria, Ill., with a biopolymers theme that was attended by approximately 1,800 people.


At West Virginia University

  • A Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fair on campus in May 2018 included activities to introduce students and families to how bioenergy grasses might help mitigate future environmental change and provide energy security 
  • A field site event in West Virginia in June 2018 was attended by 100 elementary school students, who learned about carbon and nitrogen cycling.


At HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

  • A researcher at HudsonAlpha discussed CABBI work with high school educators enrolled in Genetic Technologies for All Classrooms (GTAC): Advanced Concepts, and spoke at a workshop to more than 100 high school life science educators about “genomics in the field.”

At the University of Nebraska at Lincoln

  • CABBI researchers and staff from Nebraska participated in the UNL Women in Science Day in April 2018 (photo, right) with hands-on laboratory activities for women high school students from across Nebraska to promote interest in STEM education and career.
  • The university developed a curriculum and hosted a two-day high school teachers’ workshop on plant oils.


At Iowa State University

  • CABBI scientists have participated in outreach directly to the farming community through extension programs in Iowa.