The BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTC Institute)
This not-for-profit organization founded by Promega in 1993 provides educational, scientific and cultural enrichment experiences. Educational programs focus on the life sciences for a wide range of learners including upper elementary students, career scientists in academia and industry, and the general public. Often this learning is offered in partnership with other community organizations such as the Dane County School Consortium, Madison College and University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW-Madison). For instance, middle and high school teachers are served through several stipend-supported summer courses designed to help them effectively incorporate biotechnology into their curricula.
Six graduate level courses for UW-Madison, including all three Molecular Technologies courses for the Masters in Biotechnology Program, are offered through the BTC Institute. During the 2016–2017 academic year, approximately 3,250 middle and high school students from Wisconsin and Illinois visited BTC Institute labs for hands-on, molecular biology-based field trips. An “on the road” program that brings BTC Institute teachers and lab activities directly to classrooms reached 510 students in 2016–2017.
Annually, the BTC Institute hosts the International Forum on Consciousness, bringing together the worlds of natural and social sciences, and the Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium in partnership with the UW-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center.