Curriculum

SummerLab 2014 Sessions:

Session Date At Gann Academy At Boston University
Session 1 July 7-11 Solving Science Mysteries, Go for the Glow I
Session 2 July 14-18 Solving Science Mysteries, Go for the Glow I Clinical Connection (wait list only)
Session 3 July 21-25 Go for the Glow I, Go for the Glow II Clinical Connection(wait list only), Neuroscience Unplugged
Session 4 July 28- August 1 Clinical Connection (wait list only), Neuroscience Unplugged
Session 5 August 4-8 Neuroscience Unplugged

 

Solving Science Mysteries

Open to rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders

This hands-on experience will give students the opportunity to solve problems by applying the same techniques and concepts of genetics and molecular biology used in modern research laboratories. Students will solve a crime scene mystery, test for genetic disorders and much more.

Dates: July 7-11, July 14-18

Go for the Glow: Production and purification of Green Fluorescent Protein (Part I)

Open to rising 10th, 11th, 12th graders and rising college freshmen.

Go for the Glow is focused on the central concepts and skills of recombinant DNA technology as it applies to biotechnology. The use of green fluorescent protein (GFP) allows students to visualize the processes of gene expression, lysis, and purification.

Dates: July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25

Go for the Glow: Part II

Open to rising 10th, 11th, 12th graders and rising college freshmen.

Students will continue their work with recombinant DNA technology through the use of Green Fluorescent Protein. Prerequisite: Go for the Glow Part I.

Dates: July 21-25

Clinical Connection: A Medical Research Challenge

Open to rising 10th, 11th, 12th graders and rising college freshmen.

Clinical Connection is focused on exploring medical research and techniques. This hands-on week will introduce the use of cutting edge technology to research disease and the processes involved in the development of potential treatments.

Dates: July 14-18, July 21-25, July 28-August 1

Neuroscience Unplugged

Open to rising 10th, 11th, 12th graders and rising college freshmen.

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of neuroscience and teach students to design their own experiments. The overall theme of the course revolves around how alcohol affects the function of the brain and alters the behavior of worms.

Dates: July 21-25, July 28-August 1, August 4-8

At the end of all sessions on Friday, students will present their work at a poster session, to be followed by a reception. Parents, friends, family, and BUSM faculty are all invited.

Fast Facts

  • SummerLab tuition is $1000 per session.
  • This is a day program.
  • Both commuters and boarders are welcome.
  • Housing is available on the Charles River campus (additional fees apply).
  • Food, transportation and lodging are not provided for commuters.
  • SummerLab is a program for students entering the 7th–12th grades as well as matriculating college freshmen.
  • From July to August 2014, there are 5 one-week sessions to choose from. Each session meets Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m with the exception of Wednesdays when the program ends at 4:00 p.m.
Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine