Education Outreach


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Education Outreach

Salk’s Education Outreach has a nearly half-century tradition of sharing groundbreaking biological research from Salk Laboratories with the San Diego community.

Founded by neurobiologist Ellen Potter and currently under the direction of Dona Mapston, Education Outreach’s signature programs—Mobile Science Lab, Heithoff-Brody High School Summer Scholars, 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, Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Heithoff and Family, 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 Foundation
Donald C. McKahan
The Medtronic Foundation
Nordson Corporation 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

To make a gift to support Salk’s Education Outreach Programs, click here or contact Lisa Farnan at