Outreach Opportunities

Northwestern University Biology Investigations in Reproduction & Development

Northwestern University Biology Investigations in Reproduction & Development (NU-BIRD) is a biology enrichment program that brings students from Evanston Township High School to Northwestern University laboratories to investigate concepts in reproduction and development with hands-on experiments led by NU faculty and students.

This program is a collaboration between the Biology Department at ETHS, the Center for Reproductive Science at NU, and the Interdepartmental Biological Sciences Graduate Program at NU, and facilitated by the NU Office of STEM Education Partnerships. 

This year the laboratory experiences were held on the Evanston campus for three consecutive Saturdays in Febrauary and March.

Please click on the links below to visit the laboratory websites of the participating NU faculty members and to download the NU-BIRD module PDFs.

Wignall Lab 

Using C. elegans to Study Oocyte Meiosis
Wignall Module PDF / Wignall Lab Website

Petersen Lab

Using Model Organisms to Study Germ Cells and Stem Cells
Petersen Module PDF  / Petersen Lab website

Mayo Lab

Gene Expression and Analysis in the Reproductive Axis
Mayo Module PDF / Mayo Lab Website

Goldberg & 
LaBonne Lab 

Fertilization and Beyond
Goldberg and LaBonne Module PDF / Goldberg Lab Website / LaBonne Lab Website

Oncofertility Saturday Academy

Dr. Woodruff meets President Obama

Oncofertility Saturday Academy (OSA) is a community outreach program serving young women from Chicago area high schools. OSA engages the young women in science activities designed and taught by Northwestern University researchers and CRS trainees. CRS's Associate Director, Dr. Teresa Woodruff, is the founder and director of OSA.

Dr. Woodruff was presented with a 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring on behalf of the Women's Health Science Program by President Obama and the White House for their outstanding efforts.

Cancer Smashers

Cancer Smasher volunteers

Cancer Smashers is a group of children whose lives have been affected by cancer. With hopes to help find the cure to cancer these children participate in fundraising events. Proceeds of their fundraising efforts are all donated to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

On December 15, 2012 the Center for Reproductive Science and the Woodruff lab welcomed members of the Cancer Smashers to the Lurie Medical Research Center for a behind the scene look in to how their fundraising dollars are being put to work. The children, ranging in ages from 10 to 17, participated in a variety of science activities and met with scientists involved in cancer research. Click here for more photos from this exciting event. 


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Banner photograph courtesy of the Woodruff Lab and So-Youn Kim, PhD, Northwestern University.
Mouse postnatal day 5 ovary stained for MSY2 (green), p63 (red), DNA (DAPI, blue) to highlight oocytes.