Promoting Science Literacy

Promoting Science Literacy

BIO5 is committed to encouraging a continuum of learning for future and current students, as well as engaging our community in science literacy. Outreach is part of our DNA, and we inspire students through innovative workshops and programs and welcome the community through tours and events. 


Science City at The Tucson Festival of Books

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In 2009, the BIO5 Institute pioneered the idea of a simple "science pavilion" concept to be held during the newly formed community event the Tucson Festival of Books. Due to a shared mission of science outreach and community engagement, over the next several years the College of Science joined BIO5 in expanding the original project scope to a series of booths and increased campus involvement, calling the joint effort "Science City."

Today, the Science City executive committee is the catalyst for bringing together a group of more than 1,200 volunteers from across the UA and the Southern Arizona community for the purpose of leading and organizing what is now considered the largest annual experiential STEM learning experience in the state of Arizona. The Tucson Festival of Books has become the third largest book festival in the country, and the only one with a focus on science.

KEYS Research Internship Program

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BIO5's flagship KEYS Research Internship is a unique seven-week summer opportunity for motivated Arizona high school students with a strong interest in bioscience, bioengineering, environmental health, or biostatistics to work side-by-side with top faculty in University of Arizona research labs.

Software/Data Carpentry Workshop

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BIO5 hosts an ongoing workshop series for graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff focused on teaching them the scientific computing skills necessary to be productive in today’s complex research environments.



A group of people touring a research facility

We welcome visitors to the beautiful Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch and Bioscience Research Lab Buildings. Scheduled guests can visit active laboratories and speak with researchers about their interdisciplinary approach to advancing science and improving health and life in the 21st century. Tours are tailored to topics that sync with the research interests of our guests. Guided tours are available Monday through Friday between 9AM and 4PM by request.