2021 Sequencing Camp

 Biotechnology Camp for High School Students

Next Generation Sequencing Camp


The Biotechnology Camp guides students in doing applied research in order to develop an original application which they then promote. Students will learn how to utilize nucleotide hybridization (which underlies PCR, microarrays, sequencing, and CRISPR), perform group research to develop a diagnostic product, and connect their research with a real-world disease. At the end of the camp, students pitch a business plan for their application to their fellow campers. Since the camp involves intense learning related to command line computer usage, biophysics and the chemistry of genes, students need to be curious and persistent.

This summer, we will focus on designing cheap and fast applications to detect SARS-CoV-2. Ideally, a camper’s result could be further developed into a paper-based diagnostic tool (for example, a treated paper on which saliva would trigger a change).

Thanks to the support of the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE). They provided access to the University of Michigan’s Great Lakes Slurm cluster for all campers to run calculations last year (Slurm = Simple Linux Utility for Resource Management).

DATE: June 28 – July 2, 2021 (Mon – Fri)       TIME: 9 am – 4 pm Central time (10 am – 5 pm Eastern time)


INTENDED AUDIENCE: Academically motivated current (2020-21) 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: $600 (Basic membership included for all campers)

After reviewing your essay in the registration form, we will inform you regarding acceptance within 7-10 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 your first camp, the price is $520.00. If this is your second camp, the price is $560.

   You may want to consider regular membership.

A computer with internet connection is required to join the online camp.

Registration Fee: $25 (your registration is finalized after the fee is received)



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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.   Design SARS-Cov-2 detecting molecular switch.

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

Day to Day Focus

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Themes -Biotech
-Next Gen Sequencing
-Inter-disciplinary Intro -Careers Intro
-Business Intro
Activities -Linux Prep
-Basic Functions
-UM Linux Cluster
-Advanced Linux
-Running Programs -MagiProbe Troubleshooting
-Research Time
-Presentation Prep
Goals -Obtain SARS-CoV-2 sequences -Connect to server
-Moderate biology understanding
-Begin Project Ideas
-Know research flow
-Identify pitfalls
-Application of research
-80% done with research
-Final Presentations!


Tentative career focus

university scientists (academic career)
law (ethics, patents, policy, etc)
pharmaceutics/biotechnology (careers in industry)


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

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 April 25, 2021.

If a student withdraws between April 26 and three weeks before the camp starting date, we will refund 50 percent of the camp fee paid.

No refund will be given after three weeks before the camp starting date.