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Instrumental Access Impact Update: Teaching

David Borman Blog, Impact, Scientist Success Stories

When Instrumental Access awardees connected with the Seeding Labs Metrics and Evaluation team throughout 2021, they told stories of increased scientific output and inspiring expansions of their teaching capacities.

Since 2003, 113 Instrumental Access shipments have been sent to researchers across the world. This year, 25 of those awardees updated us on how equipment has affected their ability to teach the next generation of young scientists.

In our 2021 survey of awardees, we were proud to see that Instrumental Access awardees were using equipment to open new labs, expand existing facilities, and provide more hands-on training to the students who will take up STEM careers after graduation.

From the 2021 survey of Instrumental Access awardees, we learned that:

  • 85% of respondents say Instrumental Access equipment has improved the reputation of their department;
  • 81% of respondents reported Instrumental Access has increased student access to modern equipment;
  • 75% of respondents say Instrumental Access has enabled them to add new practical teaching sessions to their curriculum or to enhance existing ones

We would like to thank all of the Instrumental Access awardees who responded to the annual survey and shared their teaching progress.

Do you have surplus equipment in your lab? You can donate it to scientists like these. Please visit our equipment donation page to learn how to get started. If you are an Instrumental Access awardee, please continue to update us so we can share them with the world!

Interested in applying to receive equipment? See if Instrumental Access is a good fit for you on our application page.