2018 Summer Camps

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Computational Biology Research Camps for High School Students


INTENDED AUDIENCE: Current high school and 8th grade students interested in computer, math, biology, and medicine.


Students with camp certificates will be qualified to become miRcore volunteers. High school volunteer program runs throughout the school year, determining a disease of focus of the year, collaborating with similar level students to research the disease, and leading a school club GIDAS (Genes in Diseases and Symptoms). Out-of-state students can join the volunteer meetings through an online meeting platform.



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  1. To 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. Give research opportunities to high school students beyond the school setting.
  3. Identify potential GIDAS (Genes In Diseases And Symptoms) club leaders at their schools

Here are the various summer camps that we offer:

For UM Computational Biology Camps: Thank you for your interest in the program. We are currently full and additional application will go on the wait list.

Computational Biology Camp

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This camp is for academically motivated current high school and 8th grade students interested in computer, math, science, and medicine. The camp will focus on the role of genomics in diseases and symptoms and guide students to perform computational biology research using patient RNA expression data to identify genes related to certain diseases. There will be a separate basic genomics session to accommodate students who have not taken first year high school biology. Students will have a chance to experience wet-lab experiments.

Current Year: (All filled)

Session 1: June 18-22 2018 (current high school students only)

Session 2: July 16-20, 2018 (current 8th grade and above)

R Summer Camp

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This camp provides statistical methods in the context of disease research. It is for current high school and exceptional 8th grade students who want to learn computer programming in relation to future biomedical applications. R is a statistical tool and programming language with excellent graphic options, useful in various application areas such as medicine, public policy, and economics. After R is introduced, the students will assess current biomedical problems and identify useful tools for research. Students will be encouraged to write a program to aid in biological research and to share the program online as authors such as through GitHub.

Current Year: July 23-27, 2018

Biotechnology Summer Camp

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This camp combines UNIX usage, wet-lab experiments, and thermodynamics calculation of nucleotide hybridization to teach current nucleotide biotechnology (qRT-PCR, microarray, next-generation sequencing).

Wet-lab experiments will include PCR and gel-electrophoresis. As part of the camp, students will be encouraged to make a plan using new technology or improve technology, design it, and pitch the idea. No prior knowledge besides of DNA and RNA is necessary except for students’ motivation.

Prerequisite: Computational Biology camp

Current Year: June 25-29, 2018

Scripps Summer Camp

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This camp is held at the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California. We are grateful that the Scripps Translational Science Institute is sponsoring the camp. We are building a high school student research hub in San Diego and to connect different regional students through an online meeting platform. We highly recommend two-week experience.

Current Year: 

Week 1: August 6-10, 2018

Week 2: August 13-17, 2018