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Summer Microbiology Academy at University of Rochester Medical Center Seeks High School Students Interested in Biological Science

Thursday, February 13, 1997

Unique among the special-interest summer camps offered in the Rochester area, the Summer Microbiology Academy is seeking high school students entering the 10th through 12th grade with an interest in cutting-edge topics in biological science such as immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, and genetics.Entering its second year at the University of Rochester Medical Center, the Academy seeks to enroll high school students who want to go beyond traditional high school science courses, perhaps with an interest in pursuing science in college and beyond."The students we had last year were multi-talented, multi-dimensional kids who displayed an avid interest in science," says Academy director Dina Markowitz, Ph.D. "Last year's students worked very well together and formed a tight, supportive group. We hope to attract a similar group of high school students this year!"The four-week program -- from July 21 through August 15 -- will enroll 40 students. The Academy meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays. Tuition is $750; a very limited number of scholarships are available and will be awarded based on need and merit. Dorm facilities at the University of Rochester are not available.The Academy involves guided and independent lab projects, discussion workshops, computer labs, seminars and field trips. The Academy draws on the unique teaching and technical resources of biomedical scientists and their laboratories at the Medical Center as well as on guest scientists and visits to outside laboratories. Among the scientific fields to be covered are:

  • Immunology -- the study of the immune system and how it protects us from disease.
  • Bacteriology -- the study of bacteria, their role in life, and their uses in biotechnology.
  • Virology -- the study of viruses and how they function inside cells, including HIV\AIDS and emerging infections like the ebola virus.
  • Molecular biology -- the study of DNA cloning, gene therapy, and DNA fingerprinting.
  • Ethics -- social and ethical issues in science including medical ethics, animal experimentation, and genetic testing.

In addition, several hours a week will be devoted to bio-computing workshops, where students will be introduced to various scientific uses of the computer.The culmination of the four-week experience is an independent laboratory experiment that builds upon the knowledge and techniques learned during the first three weeks. Students will work independently and then prepare a final presentation on the experiment.For information about the Summer Microbiology Academy, call Dr. Markowitz at 275-8056 or E-mail her at

Note: The Summer Microbiology Academy complements the University of Rochester Summer Science Camp conducted by Suzanne Haber, Ph.D. and Jan Moynihan, Ph.D., both faculty members at the University of Rochester. Their one-week camp is appropriate for children between the ages of 11 and 13 (those entering 6th or 7th grades). This camp runs from July 14 through 18. For information, call the Medical Center's Office of Continuing Professional Education at 275-4392.

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