Our Earth needs Your Help

The Department of Energy BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) created this web site to give you the tools and resources to start making a difference. Learn about bioenergy. Get tips for saving energy. Connect with other students and start making a difference today! The planet needs your help more than ever.


Student and Post Doc Training

Post Docs and graduate students trained in BESC laboratories receive a unique cross training experience. Pretreatment engineers learn about the structure of cell walls and how microbes degrade them. Microbial geneticists learn about the enzymology of plant cell wall biosynthesis and biochemistry. Our students will be an important part of the work force for the Bioenergy industry and provide leadership for this industry as it develops. Our post docs and students have monthly conference calls to exchange ideas, network and provide ideas for the scientific management of BESC.

-- more information at BESC Post Docs and Students


Lesson Plans for 4th, 5th and 6th grades

In partnership with the Creative Discovery Museum (CDM) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, BESC has taken a novel approach to education and outreach with the development of lesson plants aimed at 4th, 5th, and 6th grade level students to educate and inform students about the basics of energy production and utilization.

-- more information at Tools for the Teacher
Creative Discovery Museum biofuels based website 'Biofuels Resources Games & Issues
-- BIOFUELS || Creative Discovery Museum


Contact Information:

Dr. Janet Wespheling (janwest@uga.edu),
Activity Lead for BESC Education and Outreach activities,
Genetics Department, University of Georgia,
Athens, GA 30622


Visit the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Education and Outreach Programs website