Biogen Community Lab Summer Sessions 2018!

Applications for the 2018 summer sessions will open on February 26, 2018 at 09:00 a.m. and will close on March 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. A web link to the application will be posted on this page when applications open.

We will be offering week-long sessions for high school students, who must have completed at least 9th grade by this summer. Please see below for information about our programs.


Cambridge, MA Sessions:

Session I: July 9 - 13
Session II: July 16 - 20
Session III: August 6 - 10
Session IV: August 13 - 17


Research Triangle Park, NC Sessions:

Session I: July 9-13
Session II: August 6-10

Hours: Each session meets daily from 9AM to 4PM, but only until 1PM on Friday.  Students are expected to attend the entirety of the program. All of our programming is free and lunch is provided each day. Programs are held at Biogen’s Community Lab locations on our Cambridge, MA and Research Triangle Park, NC campuses.

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Adventures in Biotechnology 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 then 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 application period will run from February 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to March 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. A web link to the application will be posted on this page.

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 are currently enrolled in 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.