2023 In-Person Camp

2023 Computational Biology In-Person Camp

This camp is for students interested in math, science, medicine, and computation. The camp will focus on the role of genome and transcriptome in diseases and symptoms and guide students in performing computational biology research using patient RNA expression data to identify RNA biomarkers related to certain diseases. If you have not taken first-year high school biology, we expect you to study the basic transcription and translation process using materials that we provide before the camp.

miRcore volunteer program research is based on the CB camp materials, so we highly recommend taking this camp if you want to become a miRcore volunteer and lead or otherwise participate in a school club GIDAS (Genes in Diseases and Symptoms).

Thank you for your interest in our computational biology in-person camp.

For all in-person CB camps, we are currently full. Please consider online CB camps since all CB camps (either in-person or virtual) have the same research process.

University of Michigan Camp

DATE: June 12 – 16, 2023 (Mon – Fri)    TIME: 9 am – 4 pm Eastern time

LOCATION: University of Michigan Campus, Ann Arbor, MI

Wet-lab experiemental day included.

 Scripps Camp

DATE: July 24 – 28, 2023 (Mon – Fri)    TIME: 9 am – 4 pm Pacific time

LOCATION: Scripps Research Institute Campus, La Jolla, CA

Wet-lab experimental day included

For virtual CB camps, please visit HERE.

For more computationally-intensive research, we offer Biotechnology Sequencing Camp (Linux shell script) and R Programming Research Camp.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Academically motivated current (2022-23) high school and incoming 9th grade students interested in computers, math, science, and medicine.

FEE: $850 (miRcore volunteer membership is included for all campers.)

Taking additional camps yields a discount:

Two camps: $1,430

Three camps: $1,990


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-challenged students such as those in a free or reduced lunch program. Proof of income is required.


A computer with public internet connection is required for the camp.

REGISTRATION FEE: $50 (your registration is finalized after the fee is received).

Students with camp certificates will be qualified to become miRcore volunteers. Students in the high school volunteer program, which runs throughout the school year, determine a disease of focus for the year, collaborate with similar level students in researching the disease, and found/lead a school club GIDAS (pronounced guide-us; Genes in Diseases and Symptoms). Out-of-state students can join the volunteer meetings through an online meeting platform.


Camp Overview

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Theme Genes in Diseases Wet lab experiments Statistics and Biology Gene Networks Social Impact
Focus Personalized medicine and DNA DNA extraction Gene Expression and T-test Protein functions and Pathways Molecular Functions and Diseases
Goal Initial group presentations on a disease of choice Determining a dataset for group research Identifying RNA biomarkers in a disease Identifying biological functions to focus on

Final group presentations


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 30, 2023.

If a student withdraws between April 30, 2023 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.



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