outreach

iBio Program

iBio engages Illinois undergraduates in faculty-mentored research. The program has three components: a semester-long seminar on biological research and independent research project, and a summer training program. Dr. Sears helped develop the program, and every year leads the seminar on biological research in the fall semester and the summer training program, and mentors iBio students in biological research in her lab.




IGB Genome Day

Every year the IGB together with SACNAS puts on Genome Day, a free event for children Grades K-4 at the Orpheum Children’s Museum. Genome Day brings together scientists and the public through activities on the environment, evolution, energy use, and human health. Dr. Sears co-chaired this year’s Genome Day, and Sears Lab members led an activity on mammal anatomy and development.






your inner fish

The Sears Lab was featured in the PBS series "Your Inner Fish," based on the book by Neil Shubin. Dr. Sears presented the lab's research in the second episode, "Your Inner Reptile." Dr. Sears also helped promote the series at the TCA Press Tour. To watch a clip, click here.