HWI is committed to training future scientific leaders –
and perhaps our next Nobel Laureate.


Hauptman-Woodward is dedicated to developing successful education programs for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. HWI is training the future scientific leaders of Buffalo – and perhaps our next Nobel Laureate. Our education program is focused on three areas; high-school, undergraduate, and graduate opportunities. Our scientists also employ post-doctoral researchers as an extra educational step.

The Duax High School Internship Program

The Institute’s high school training program is a labor of love for Dr. Bill Duax, who has inspired countless Buffalo students to share his love of scientific research. The students do real research on the evolution of proteins. They gather data, analyze their findings, and articulate what they have learned. To date more than 250 students from 45 area high schools have participated. They learn to work in teams, organize what they have learned, and present their findings in posters and oral presentations; all essential skills in any career path. Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute scientists develop the cures for tomorrow, today. (Application Materials)

Undergraduate Internship Opportunities

University undergraduates have the opportunity to work with our scientists using state-of-the-art equipment in the fields of molecular biology, crystal growth, X-ray crystallography, other structural techniques, and computerized data analysis. This program allows students to decide if scientific research will be their passion and highlights exciting careers in Western New York. (Application Materials)

Graduate Student Opportunities

HWI scientists partner with many departments at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University at Buffalo to train graduate students in their laboratories.  Our faculty work across many fields to provide students with with interdisciplinary experiences.  Three of our recent graduate students on site, trained in the latest techniques in Structural Biology, have received the School of Medicine and Biological Sciences Dean’s Award for outstanding dissertation work at the University at Buffalo, which is awarded to only one graduate each year. Through our National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center we have cross trained graduate students  with collaborative opportunities at Stanford University, Arizona State University and at DESY in Germany and other members of the center. Potential graduate students are encouraged to contact any of our scientists to discuss opportunities.

For more information about any of the educational program opportunities, please contact Dr. William Bauer, at wbauer@hwi.buffalo.edu.

2019 HWI and BioXFEL Summer Interns at the Annual Poster Presentation

Peter Horn, EdD
Associate Director of Education and Diversity

HWI Visiting Education Scholar

Dr. Peter Horn’s role at HWI as a visiting scholar calls upon his talent and expertise in educational assessment and programming.  Since its founding in 1956, part of HWI’s mission is to educate the next generation of scholars in structural biology as well as inform youth of the numerous opportunities in research.  Dr. Horn is working with HWI students and faculty to maximize educational impacts of the diverse programs aimed at training future scientific leaders.

About Peter Horn

Peter Horn became an independent education researcher, writer, and consultant after leading Project ’79, an award-winning alternative education program within a New Jersey public high school. A teacher leader for two decades, Dr. Horn is passionate about the relationship between student voice, school-based opportunities to engage citizenship, and a more democratic society. In his educational research, Horn studies teacher preparation, citizenship, distributed leadership, and student perceptions of school. Horn has led research projects for Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as professional development in public and independent schools, and other organizations. He earned his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in English Literature from the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English, and a B.A. in Greek and Latin from Princeton University.