Teenagers working in the science lab during Summer Science Camp.

Summer Science Camps

The 30th annual Summer Science Camps program is primarily intended for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in learning more about modern science. Students do not have to be science majors to attend, but those who have taken several science courses will gain the most from this program. While we try to accommodate local students, the camp welcomes and accepts students nationwide, and all

Upcoming Camp Dates: June 21-26, 2020

Registration Deadline: March 15, 2020

Information and Application

Eligibility

Summer Science Camp 2020 Itinerary
The 30th annual Summer Science Camps program is primarily intended for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in learning more about modern science. Students do not have to be science majors to attend, but those who have taken several science courses will gain the most from this program. While we try to accommodate local students, the camp welcomes and accepts students nationwide, and all students are encouraged to apply.

Molecular Biology Camp

Molecular Biology is a very exciting area of science to explore. Most students have heard of genetic engineering, and this camp will allow students to gain firsthand knowledge by doing actual experiments in this field. The camp will be comprised of lectures and laboratories in an intensive handson format that will allow ample time for discussions and analyses of experimental results and procedures. Topics to be covered include: DNA/RNA chemistry, gene cloning, genetic engineering, manipulation of bacteria, bacterial transformation, isolation of plasmid and recombinant DNA, restriction analysis of DNA, agarose gel electrophoresis, realtime PCR, DNA sequencing, and DNA fingerprinting.

Chemistry & Physics Camp

The physical sciences lay the foundation for the life sciences as well as help prepare students for careers in physics, chemistry, and engineering. In addition, physics and chemistry are important in understanding polymers and in the growing areas of biophysics and biochemistry. This intensive weeklong camp will emphasize a hands-on laboratory experience as well. Students attending this camp will explore the following topics: chemical dyes, chromatography, spectroscopy, polymers, nanotechnology, holography, superconductivity, X-ray diffraction, and thermodynamics. The student will also take home some of the laboratory projects done in this camp.

Mathematics Camp

Mathematics has applications to many aspects of every day life. Previous camps have explored the use of mathematics in cryptology (codes), probability, symmetry, and the fourth dimension. Activities have included making and cracking codes, experimental estimation of Pi, and analyzing games and puzzles.

Cost, Housing, & Meals

A grant from the Donald L. Murdock Foundation will provide tuition, books, lodging, and meals. Upon registering by mail, each participant will receive a list of what to bring and other details. Students will stay on campus during the camp, and house directors will be on duty. Free time will be provided each day for use of the Health Education and Sports Complex, as well as other college facilities.

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