GIDAS | 2014 CB Summer Camp

Computational Biology Summer Camp for High School Students

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                                                                                                            DATE:    Aug 11-15, 2014 Aug 24-28, 2014

CB Camp Registration is closed

DATE: August 18 - 22, 2014

TIME: 9 am – 5 pm

LOCATION: University of Michigan, Undergraduate Science Building

FEE: $385 (will not be charged until we inform you of your acceptance)

MAIN TARGETS: Rising 9th grade and above high school students (boys and girls) who are intereted in computer, math, biology, and medicine (upper graders are also welcome).

Sponsor: Women In Science and Engineering (WISE)


Registration Form

You will recieve email confirmation of the registration.


1. Expose high school students to career opportunities in biomedicine through hands-on experience in computational genomics and prepare them for the emerging era of medical genomics, when all doctors must be well-acquainted with genetic discoveries, technologies, and applications.

2. Identify talents to lead GIDAS (Genes In Diseases And Symptoms) club at their schools

Specific Aims

1.   Differentiate gene entities (DNA, RNA, and proteins).

2.   Understand the mechanisms of gene expression (transcription and translation) and gene regulation (transcription factors, methylation, and microRNA).

3.   Understand genetic biomarkers in a disease context and the effects of environmental factors such as exercise, food consumption, substance abuse, and medication.

4.   Learn about personalized medicine.

5.   Become familiar with the National Center for Biotechnology Information database and software package.

6.   Be familiar with career paths related to computational biology.


Overall Daily Activities

          9 am – 10 am: check out what you know, games

          10 am -11 am: lectures covering specific aims, snacks

          11 am – noon: hands-on activities on genomics

          Noon – 1 pm: lunch

          1 pm – 2 pm: computer based guided investigation on genomics, games

          2 pm – 3 pm: individual research to solve a daily question on a disease using computational genomics, snacks

          3 pm – 4 pm: student presentations, games

          4 pm – 5 pm: career discussion with a professional


Tentative Career focus

          Monday: computational and experimental biologist (Academic career)

          Tuesday: physician (Medical)

          Wednesday: law (ethics, patent, policy, etc)

          Thursday: pharmaceutics/biotechnology (Industry career)



          Parents are invited to students’ final presentations

          Each group will suggest a way of preventing the disease based on the week’s research

          A recognition for the best disease solution


Refund Policy

The $50 administrative fee will not be refunded once the camp application is accepted.

If a student withdraws, the camp fee paid minus the administrative fee will be refunded if we are notified by June 15, 2014.

If a student withdraws between June 16 and July 31, 2014, we will refund 50 percent of the camp fee paid.

No refund will be given after July 31, 2014.

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