2023 Summer Camp

miRcore Research Camps for High School Students

Having successfully run online summer camps during the pandemic, miRcore will hold Summer 2023 camps to pursue the best of both virtual and in-person camps. Our online format will allow nationwide reach and participation. Our in-person camps will provide students opportunities to perform experiments and build friendships with other regional students.


Our camps are available for academically motivated high school students (including incoming freshmen). A unique feature of our camps is that students will be eligible to continue their learning experience with the miRcore Volunteer Program, which meets throughout the school year online and in person (optional). MVP students continue learning about computational biology research, programming, teamwork, community outreach, and leadership (including founding/leading GIDAS club).

2022 Churchill Scholar Karthik R.

 I cannot stress enough how much you and miRcore have changed my life, not just by helping me get into UM or into the Koschman lab or this scholarship, but also for exposing me to the field of biological research and personalized medicine. Deciding to take the computational biology camp in 8th grade has been one of the best decisions. Without miRcore or the summer camp, I most definitely would not be in this position today.

Computational Biology (CB) Virtual Camps

Session 1: June 12 – June 16, 2023

Newly-Added Session: June 26 – 30, 2023

Session 2: July 24 – July 28, 2023

Computational Biology (CB) In-Person Camps

Session 1 (University of Michigan): June 12 – June 16, 2023

Session 2 (Scripps Research Institute): July 24 – July 28, 2023

R Research  Programming Virtual Camp

Date: July 10 – July 14, 2023

The R Programming Camp is not just a programming camp; it provides essential tools and datasets with which students can develop their own research projects. Students will learn TCGA big data analysis using microRNA sequencing data of cancer patients.

We will use microRNA expression data from cancer patients for RNA biomarker analysis, tumor prediction using machine learning tools, and graph generation.

Biotechnology Sequencing (BTS) Virtual Camps

Session 1: June 19 – June 23, 2023

Session 2: July 31 – August 4, 2023

Preferred Students: Previous CB campers 

The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) will provide access to the University of Michigan’s high performance computing system Great Lakes Slurm cluster for all BTS campers to run calculations in a Linux environment.

Sequencing Your Genome Camps

Session 1 (University of Michigan): June 12 – June 30, 2023 (tentative)

Session 2 (Scripps Research Institute): July 24 – August 11, 2023 (tentative)

Week 1: CB in-person, Week 2: BTS, Week 3: Analyzing your genome data (total 3 weeks)

Students will have their genome sequenced (Self-data analysis is only for non-medical research purposes). Age: 16+ on the first day of the camp. Both parental and student agreements are needed. Details will be available February 2023. Contact email for the interested: camp@mircore.org.

Previous Invited Speakers

Philip Maini, PhD

Professor of Mathematical Biology,
University of Oxford

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Michael Boehnke, PhD

Richard G. Cornell Distinguished University Professor,
University of Michigan

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Eric Green, MD, PhD

National Human Genome Research Institute,
National Institute of Health

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Adam Lauring, MD, PhD

Associate Professor,
Department of Internal Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases),
University of Michigan

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David Orentlicher, MD, JD

Cobeaga Law Firm Professor of Law,
University of Nevada Las Vegas

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