Invention inspires UCSC-Alisal bio collaboration, taking basic research way beyond basics

Students looking through microscopes

Fall quarter 2020, UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute’s Scientific Director David Haussler had an inspiration: “Let’s use our Picroscope to introduce Alisal High students to research!” With that, the Genomics Institute Office of Diversity was on its way to piloting a remote teaching project in an Advanced Placement® (AP) biology class at Alisal High School in Salinas, California, located about an hour’s drive south of Santa Cruz.

Innovative solutions to pressing social, scientific issues pitched at the annual IDEA Hub competition

students at the UCSC Genomics Institute

The top UC Santa Cruz startup teams presented their pitches at the grand finale of the annual IDEA Hub Pitch Contest, hosted by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development.

Three teams from Baskin Engineering win the UCSC IDEA Hub Pitch Contest

robotic device

Sixteen student teams competed for $6000 in prize money in the 2020 UCSC IDEA Hub Pitch Contest. All three finalists were from the Baskin School of Engineering and represented projects for social good.