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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: July 9 - August 3, 2018
Application Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by March 30, 2018
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 2018 in order to participate.
Lab Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Instructors: Chuck Vessalico
Mike Cressy
Thomas Van Bell
Jeanette Collette
Housing: For students who choose to live in a dormitory on the Stony Brook campus the cost will be approximately $60 per night.  The cost of food will be approximately $28 per day.  Once accepted into the program, students will be given a link to register for housing. 

Non-local participants - housing is available on the weekends as well.  Information will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

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. 




















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.

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.

I-STEM Biotechnology Summer Scholars Program Application

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

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