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Announcing USU Summer Biotech Academy for High School Students

Monday, Apr. 11, 2011

USU SUmmer Biotech Academy student in lab

A participant from the 2010 summer academy working in the lab.

The Biotechnology Summer Academy is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to experience cutting-edge laboratory research first-hand at Utah State University’s Center for Integrated BioSystems.

Biotech Summer Academy is for students interested in bioscience, medicine and engineering. The five-day program is held on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah. An advanced program is available for returning students.

Students are mentored by USU faculty who work in various disciplines. Faculty and members of their laboratory guide students through the planning and practice of daily research experiments and activities.

Each student is assigned to work with a specific group for the duration of the program. Students gain exposure to facets of the group's research by being integrated in the daily work of the laboratory.

Biotech Summer Academy, now entering its 11th year, challenges students to prepare for their future. Students will explore everything from plants, soils, food, nutrition, animal and veterinary sciences, to current topics in genomics and cloning.

“We want the students to see how research is done in the labs,” said Afifa Sabir, education coordinator/program director for the Center for Integrated BioSystems. “Many of the students we see at the program return to attend USU on scholarship.”

The week’s activities include communication workshops, lectures and demonstrations, laboratory training, field trips, mentoring and research. Program dates are July 11-15.

The fee is $200 (scholarship support may be available) and includes five days of room and board. Application deadline is June 3.

For more information, e-mail, or call 435-797-3504. The program brochure and application are available on online.

Related link:

Summer for Science,” The Herald Journal

Contact: Dr. Afifa Sabir, 435-760-3767,

Writer: Jeannine Huenemann, (435) 797-8274,

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