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I-STEM Biotechnology Summer Scholars Program (formerly Biotechnology Summer Camp)

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.


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Dates: Canceled for Summer 2020
Application Deadline:  
Application Instructions: Student fills out Applicaton Form (see below).  Teachers fill out Recommendation Forms (see below).  Students need to share the link to this page with the teachers who need to fill out their recommendation forms.
Cost: $2,400
Financial Aid: There are a limited number of full and/or partial scholarships are available to  applicants who are eligible for the Federal free or reduced lunch program.  Please submit a  letter, on letterhead, from an official at the school district  or the letter you received stating that you are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program in order to be considered for a scholarship.   This letter MUST be included with your application.
Eligibility: Students must complete ninth grade and living environment by June 2020 in order to participate.
Lab Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Instructors: Chuck Vessalico
Mike Cressy
Thomas Van Bell
Coryn Cange
Housing: Housing will not be offered for Summer 2020




















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, enzymology, 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.


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



Application Form


Science Teacher's Recommendation Form



Other Teacher's Recommendation Form