Community Lab - Summer Program

Adventures in Biotechnology High School Lab Program

The application window for the summer 2020 Adventures in Biotechnology has now closed. Please direct any inquiries to

Information about summer 2021 sessions will be posted in early 2021. 


Program Description

Conduct a hands-on lab project, meet and interact with scientists and other biotech professionals and get an inside view of a biotech company! You will learn about the drug development process while also learning and doing a series of biotech laboratory techniques. Each day will focus on lab work, but there will also be opportunities to hear from and speak with employees from a wide range of departments. The laboratory component for most of our sessions will focus on modifying DNA in order to produce and purify green fluorescent protein! To accomplish this, you will learn and do the following techniques: bacterial transformation, site-directed mutagenesis, protein extraction, affinity purification and PAGE. But don’t worry if you are not familiar with these lab techniques - that’s what you will learn during the program!

Admissions/Application Process


The Biogen Community Lab admissions committee is looking for students who are interested in learning more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and who have completed one year of high school (9th grade or above).

Note: At the time of the application, students must be in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade to apply to the Adventures in Biotechnology Summer Program. 


Selection Process

Admissions decisions will be made following the application deadline and preference is given to students from Cambridge and Somerville, MA; Wake and Durham counties, NC; and students from low income households and groups historically underrepresented in science. However, we welcome any and all students to apply.