2017 R Camp

R Programming Camp for High School Students




This camp provides statistical methods in the context of disease research. It is for current (2016-17) 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.


Please note that this camp is not residential.


DATE: July 24 – 28, 2017 (Mon – Fri)       TIME: 9 am – 4:30 pm


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


INTENDED AUDIENCE: Academically motivated current (2016-17) high school and exceptional 8th grade students interested in computers, math, science, and medicine.


FEE*: $525 (with membership**: $445.00)

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

**You may want to consider high school student membership.


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




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 (pronounce: guide-us; Genes in Diseases and Symptoms). Out-of-state students can join the volunteer meetings through an online meeting platform.


Sponsor: Women In Science and Engineering (WISE)




  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. Understand current biomedical problems in terms of genetics and what is required to contribute to next-generation medical practices.
  2. Understand biology concepts through solving problems in R.
  3. Become familiar with statistics and the R programming language.
  4. Identify projects useful for next generation research.
  5. Write an R program useful to the biological research community and share/publish it online (possibly through GitHub).


Overall daily activities (subject to change)

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   memorize and practice R functions
noon – 1:00 pm   lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm    group competitions, games
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm   programming challenge of the day
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm   student presentations, games
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm   career discussion with a professional


Tentative Career focus

Medical informatician

Physician (medical)





Parents are invited to students’ presentations.

Each group will show a program developed based on the week’s project.

Recognition of the best program.


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 19, 2017.

If a student withdraws between May 20 and June 26, 2017, we will refund 50 percent of the camp fee paid.

No refund will be given after June 27, 2017.