Education Outreach


Education Outreach

Salk’s Education Outreach has a nearly half-century tradition of sharing its groundbreaking biological research with the San Diego community. Programs are tailored for adults and student groups while special events are designed for all ages.

Under the direction of neurobiologist Ellen Potter and educational specialist Dona Mapston, Education Outreach’s signature programs—Mobile Science Lab, Heithoff-Brody Scholars Program, and March of Dimes High School Science Day—are complemented by scientific presentations and community outreach events. The recently launched New Frontiers in Science initiative adds SciChats@Salk and Partnerships in Science Education to the roster to inspire the next generation.

With all these program offerings, Salk’s world-class faculty and staff are key partners in the curriculum, imparting their passion and knowledge of innovative research that impacts human health to help inspire and launch the next generation of scientists.

To learn more about Education Outreach programs, please browse the pages in this section or email

Salk Education Outreach serves the community through the generosity of the Anne and Neal Blue High School Science Fund, the Heithoff-Brody Scholars Program, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Matching Challenge* as well as the:

American Association for the Advancement of Science
The Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation
Samuel H. French, III and Katherine Weaver French Fund
William H. Hannon Foundation
Richard C. Helmstetter
Richard Heyman
La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club
Las Patronas
McCarthy Family Foundaiton
Donald C. McKahan
The Medtronic Foundation
Arthur P. and Jeanette Gladys Pratt Memorial Fund
Allison and Robert Price Family Foundation
Price Philanthropies Foundation
Ellen Potter and Ron Evans
Qualcomm Foundation
Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe
San Diego Gas & Electric
Union Bank Foundation
Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation

*In order to support and expand the Salk Education Outreach Programs, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has offered a generous matching challenge. To make a matching gift, click here.

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