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Biotechnology Mini Summer School

About the Program

This is an opportunity for high school students who are fascinated by DNA and biotechnology and are interested in learning more about cutting-edge research in biopharmaceutical, agricultural, and environmental research areas. During this three-day program, participants will conduct wet- lab experiments in the Penn State graduate student biotechnology training lab. Techniques like DNA cloning and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of DNA will be introduced. Participants will also hear from scientists and industry professionals in biopharmaceutical, agricultural, and environmental biotechnology careers. 

Interested applicants will need to complete a short application by clicking HERE. Please note, the application will open on February 7th.

This application will be due on March 25, 2024. Applicants who are accepted into the camp will be contacted and provided additional information to complete the registration process. (The registration fee is TBD and does not include housing.) Please contact us at with any questions or if you would like to receive the application information via email. Also, housing is not included in this camp.



Dates: July 29 - 31, 2024 (Monday-Wednesday)

Price: $200

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: University Park 

Grades: Students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2024

Lunch and Snacks: Activity breaks will be taken each day to allow kids to eat their peanut-free snacks that they bring from home. Campers will eat lunch in the dining commons each day.



Contact us via email at or give us a call at (814) 865-0083.

 Office of Science Outreach, 201 Ritenour Building, University Park, PA 16802

For more information, please see Information for Parents from the Penn State Office of Ethics and Compliance.