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 poly-acrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). Don’t worry if you are not familiar with these lab techniques - that’s what you will learn during the program! 

Biogen Community Lab Summer Sessions 2018

We are offering week-long summer lab sessions for high school students who have completed at least 9th grade by the summer of 2018.

Applications for the 2018 summer sessions run from February 26, 2018 at 09:00 a.m. to March 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. A link to the application can be found below in the Admissions/Application Process section.

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

Each session meets daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but only until 1:00 p.m. 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.

Students may only attend one of the sessions. Students will be asked to rank their session preferences and availability in the application.

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 are currently enrolled in high school (9th grade or above). At the time of application, students must be in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade to apply.

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. We evaluate all information submitted – including essay and geographic location. There is no minimum GPA requirement, references, or previous science experience required. We will review all applications and notify applicants of their status by March 31st. Each session is limited to 32 students.

To Apply
The student applying for the program must fill out the application. Parents are not allowed to submit an application on behalf of their child.

Please note that the online application and data collection are on a third party site (Survey Monkey). The data collected will be for the sole use of the Biogen Community Labs for selecting participants and for tracking general demographics. Data will not be shared with anyone else and data will be deleted from Survey Monkey site following the application process.

The student applicant will be asked for the following information: Name, current grade, address, email and phone for student and all parent/guardians, school name, ranked session choice, household income, background ethnicity and how you found out about the program. Students will also be asked to list any previous STEM programs they have participated in and other programs they are applying to for summer 2018.

Students will need to thoughtfully answer the following question in 150-250 words, “Why are you interested in participating in the Biogen Community Lab’s “Adventures in Biotechnology” summer program?” It is recommended that you compose your short answer prior to starting your application as Survey Monkey may "time-out", and we cannot be responsible for incomplete applications.

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