Biotechnology Summer Camp

A four week camp for students interested in doing research in biotechnology 

Dates: July 6 - 31, 2015
Application Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2015

$3300 residential
$1900 non-residential


Students must complete ninth grade and living environment by June 2015 in order to participate.

Please note this is program is designed to be an introduction to research and is not intended for students with significant research experience.

Lab Hours: Monday - Thursday


  Friday 9:00am-3:00pm

Chuck Vessalico
Alexis Blondrage
Thomas Van Bell
Michele Ramos

Housing: For students who choose to live in a dormitory on the Stony Brook campus from Sunday through Friday; residential staff is available at all times. Students are dismissed Friday afternoons for the weekend.
Chaperones: Students will be escorted to and from the lab and supervised during breakfast and dinner and all other activities on campus (including the laboratory, dormitory, library, computer facilities, gymnasium, on all field trips, etc.) with the exception of lunch.

Our goal in this program is to introduce motivated high school students to the techniques used in modern biotechnology research. The students will begin by learning concepts and techniques as a class but will quickly move to working in small groups or with a partner. We will use lectures by university faculty, library research and model systems such as bacteria, yeast, Euglena, C. elegans and Dictyostelium, to help the students choose and explore topic areas that interest them. Students working in groups will use the information and techniques to develop and test a hypothesis using one of the model systems. The students will present their work to their classmates at the end of the session. A background in biology is required and chemistry is suggested.

Laboratory Activities: Students will explore topics in three general areas of science: microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology. Activities will include: growth, isolation and characterization of microbes, protein chemistry, chromatography, enzy-mology, regulation of gene expression, DNA isolation analysis, amplification (PCR) and genetic modification using standard laboratory model organisms (bacteria, yeast, Dictyostelium, Euglena, C. elegans).

Program Format: During the first two weeks students will be introduced to basic laboratory techniques, experimental design, and data analysis. During this period students will also use library and internet resources to research an area of interest. They will develop a hypothesis that can be tested by applying one or two of the techniques learned to one of the selected model systems. In the second two weeks students will work in small groups or with a partner to test their hypotheses and prepare a formal presentation of their work.

Seminars: During their stay, students are afforded the opportunity to learn about areas of scientific research from the Stony Brook faculty.

Laboratory Tours: To explore a vast range of scientific topics, students tour the Life Sciences Greenhouse, University Hospital, and other areas on campus.

Residential Life: Participating students who live on campus during the week will go home on the weekends. They are housed in a dormitory reserved for academic high school programs. Students participate in recreational activities (at the dorms, athletic fields), as well as visit other campus offices such as Admissions and Student Activity Center to learn more about college life.

Biotechnology Summer Camp Application

For additional information or questions, please call (631-632-9750) or e-mail (



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