Science Education Collaborations 

Awareness, Respect and Confidence Through Genetics (ARC) collaboration with Harvard Medical School’s pgEd
ARC strives to empower teachers across all disciplines to create discussion about cutting-edge scientific and social developments in personal genetics within high schools and the broader community. In 2016, The Sanford PROMISE and Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd), a Harvard Medical School based group from Boston, MA, began working together on this National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) supported project.
July 25-27, 2018
Sanford Research Center: 2301 E 60th Street North, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Inspire your students to discover the exciting and diverse world of genetics with interactive lesson plans that explore the ethical and social issues affecting individuals, families, and society.  
Stipends, travel scholarships, and graduate credit available. 
Online Application available by March 1, 2018.  Visit: to join our contact list. 
 Through ARC, pgEd will create genetics curriculum and ethics discussions associated with:
  • Genome editing and CRISPR
  • Sex
  • Gender
  • Intelligence and behavior
  • De-extinction and genetic modification of animals
  • Space exploration and genetics
Currently pgEd has already developed curriculum associated with:
The Sanford PROMISE currently has hands-on activities associated with:
  • Gene and protein research through genetic transformation of bacteria
  • Genetic testing through DNA electrophoresis: Alu Insert, PTC tasting, Mitochondrial DNA
  • Rare disease research and genetic disease
  • What makes me unique: Fingerprints and DNA
  • Next generation DNA sequencing
  • qPCR for genetic resting
  • Familial Disease Inheritance – cancer and rare diseases
To learn more about ARC in South Dakota in South Dakota contact Liz McMillan, PROMISE program director at or call (605) 312.6417.
Previous ARC Events:
Genetics and Social Justice Summer Institute
pgEd hosted a summer workshop for educators and social justice leaders at Brockton High School in Brockton, MA in June of 2017. Lindsay Kortan of Yankton High School, Jennifer Prasek of Prakota, LLC, and Sanford PROMISE’s Liz McMillan represented South Dakota voices and communities at the workshop.  
Get the Skinny on Your Genes
Harrisburg High School students and experts from Sanford Research and Harvard Medical School’s Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd) team hosted an evening for exploration and student facilitated discussion of the ethical, legal and social issues related to personal genetics on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Harrisburg High School. 

Summer Professional Development Institute for High School Teachers
In July of 2016, two Harrisburg High School Teachers, Lisa Cardillo (science) and Colby Peterson (social science) joined 48 other educators from the country at the Boston, MA pgEd workshop.