Community engagement at the Morgridge Institute is linked with our mission to spark scientific curiosity and to serve society in partnership with UW–Madison. For us, “community” includes students, teachers, researchers, and the general public…and that means that our work isn’t limited to a laboratory: 

  • We build programs designed to inspire the next generation of fearless scientists. 
  • We support educators working to enrich their STEM classrooms.
  • We provide professional training to prepare well-rounded early-career researchers.

Our programs are also designed with diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind. Nearly 1 in 4 workers in the United States are employed in STEM occupations. But women, along with Latinx, Black, and Indigenous people remain underrepresented in STEM occupations relative to these groups’ proportion of the U.S. population. 

We strive to ensure our programs are accessible to members of these underrepresented minorities, to students who are first-in-family to college, and to students from rural communities. It’s also important that anyone participating in our programs have an inclusive experience that emphasizes the importance of diversity in STEM. 

Featured EventAI in Biomedicine: Promises and Pitfalls

March 21 @ 7:00 pm

What does our future with artificial intelligence look like? In the field of biomedicine, promise is mixed with pitfalls. In recent years, the amount of data biologists generate in their experiments has exploded — far exceeding what humans alone can analyze. New advancements in AI, driven by powerful computational tools, could illuminate hidden mysteries and patterns of human diseases, and even pave the way for new therapeutics and treatments. But what challenges might we face?

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AI in Biomedicine: Promises and Pitfalls


Programs to inspire the next generation of fearless scientists

Learn with scientists! Find digital and in-person programs, events, and opportunities for children, students, youths, teachers, and adults to explore science. Programs include the annual Wisconsin Science Festival, the Summer Science Camp, the Summer Science Workshop Series and more.

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Supporting Educators

Find a library of educational materials to help educators, teachers, and science enthusiasts! These guides and resources can be used in the classroom or for at-home activities.

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Well-Rounded Training for early-career scientists

Researchers and trainees can cultivate new skills with Morgridge Institute programs. Through fellowships, workshops, and collaborations within the scientific community, we train well-rounded professionals whose skills extend far beyond the bench.

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Our Community Mission

Society is strengthened by science. We connect with communities to spark imagination.


Through Discovery Outreach, a partnership effort of the Morgridge Institute for Research and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, we support an array of live science events at the Discovery Building and beyond.

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Contact the Morgridge Institute for Research

Wes Marner

Wesley D. Marner II

Engagement, Education, and Equity Director
(608) 316-4716