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    The Summer Science Program: Research in Genomics

    The Summer Science Program: Research in Genomics


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: College, Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Six Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: STEM, Bio Technology, Biology
    • Selective: Yes
    • Ages: 16, 17
    • Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    The Summer Science Program is a nationally regarded, non-profit educational program which focuses on bringing together talented, motivated juniors (rising seniors by the summer of participation) from around the globe for real-world STEM research experiences. We provide financial aid and meet 100% of participant need, including travel costs, room and board, and stipends to cover program basics for high-need students.

    Participants will stimulate the evolution of antibiotic resistance in a safe, controlled culture, then sequence its genome and analyze the acquired mutations. They will gain hands-on experience with the molecular biology, genomics, and bioinformatics needed to address complex, real-world life science problems.

    Each living and learning cohort community of 36 students works in team-based research on college campuses throughout the country. Each team of three participants use a custom chemostat to maintain constant growth of a non-disease-causing ocean microbe called Vibrio natriegens under moderate antibiotic selection pressure. Teams will then map the genetic mutations that arise as a result of incomplete growth suppression.

    Outside of research hours, participants attend guest lectures from world-renowned scientists and professionals, attend nightly dinners with their 2-3 PhD-level faculty, engage in exciting activities with their cohort, and go off-site for intellectual and recreational field trips. 

    After the last day, the community does not end, it disperses and broadens. Participants become part of a lifelong alumni community of over 2,500 alumni in wide variety of career pathways and research areas in and out of science.