Tours for Community Organizations and Others


Staff of the GNL offer tours on a regular basis to community organizations both small and large.  Regular tours are provided to elected officials (local, state and national), business organizations, college alumni associations, professional associations, municipal organizations, emergency responders, and other special interest groups.

In addition to tours, the staff of the GNL can arrange for presentations on topics ranging from emerging infectious diseases to biodefense. Meet the Scientists panels are a popular option that gives visitors insight into a variety of different medical research programs underway at the GNL.

Tours must be arranged in advance. Because all tours are customized for the group, we appreciate as much lead time as possible to ensure the best experience for our visitors.  Tours and presentations are currently being scheduled for dates after June 15, 2020.  All visitors must be cleared by campus police prior to their visit. To request a tour or presentation, use the Contact tab on this website.

Student Tours

UPDATE: APRIL 2020 -- Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, student tours of the Galveston National Laboratory have been suspended until Fall 2020.  However, the staff of the GNL invites teachers, parents or students to contact us for suggestions on learning activities to support your at-home educational endeavors, focusing on the work being done by scientists and public health experts at UTMB who are focused on infectious disease research.  

Each year several hundred students from high schools and colleges throughout the region participate in educational programs and tours at the Galveston National Laboratory.

Staff volunteers have created an informative 90-minute program entitled "Why We Do What We Do" which gives students an overview of several different career opportunities, with the goal of encouraging students to continue their science studies after high school or after completing an undergraduate degree. Students learn about the roles of a variety of personnel, including:

  • Research Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Biosafety Officer
  • Laboratory Operations

Students must be at least 16 years old to enter the Galveston National Laboratory. Tours must be arranged in advance and all visitors must be cleared by campus police prior to their visit.

For more information, contact Connie Holubar, Director of Operations at