2019 BT Camp

 Biotechnology Camp for High School Students

(Focus on Nucleotide Hybridization)


Thank you for your interest in the program. We are currently full and additional application will go on the wait list.

This camp combines wet lab experiments with computational work using UM high-performing Linux-clusters to expose high school students to current nucleotide biotechnology (qRT-PCR, microarray, next-generation sequencing). Students will design a nucleotide switch to detect small RNA for disease diagnosis and pitch their idea. No prior knowledge required other than DNA and RNA basics.


Please note that this camp is not residential.


DATE: June 24-28, 2019 (Mon – Fri)       TIME: 9 am – 4:30 pm


LOCATION: Undergraduate Science Building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


INTENDED AUDIENCE: Academically motivated current (2018-19) high school students interested in computers, math, science, and medicine.


Preferred candiates: Students who took the Computational Biology camp


Prerequisite: High School Biology Class


FEE: $550 (Basic memership included for all campers)

After reviewing your essay in the registration form, we will inform you regarding acceptance within 5 business days. If accepted, you will be sent payment options. Limited partial scholarships are available for financially-challenge students such as those in a free or reduced lunch program. Proof of income is required.


   If you have a regular membership and this is the first camp to take, $470.00, if second camp, $510.

   You may want to consider regular membership.


Bring a laptop and lunch (morning and afternoon snacks provided).







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  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 potential GIDAS (Genes In Diseases And Symptoms) club leaders at their schools.


Specific Aims

1.   Become familiar with Unix commands and run programs using command lines.

2.   Understand nucleotide hybridization and related thermodynamics.

3.   Design primers.

4.   Practice basic lab technology (PCR and Gel).

5.   Understand the progress of the biotechnology and needs for next technology.



Typical daily activities

9:00 am – 10:00 am   test and review, games
10:00 am – 11:00 am   lectures covering specific aims, snacks
11:00 am – noon   hands-on activities
noon – 1:00 pm   lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   group activity, games
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm   research on a daily project, snacks
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm   student presentations/writing, games
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm   career discussion with a professional


Tentative career focus

university scientists (academic career)


law (ethics, patents, policy, etc)

pharmaceutics/biotechnology (careers in industry)



Parents are invited to students’ presentations

Each group will pitch a biotechnology busines plan based on the week’s research

Recognition of the best pitch


Refund Policy

The $100 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 May 20, 2019.

If a student withdraws between May 21 and June 2, 2019, we will refund 50 percent of the camp fee paid.

No refund will be given after June 2, 2019.