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Medical Sciences and Research STEM Academy

July 2-19 (no class July 4); 9:30am-3pm | Ages 14-18 | $1,000

Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building

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Registration for this class closes on Sunday, June 24th at 11:59pm. If you wish to register for this class after that date, please call 303-492-7188.

This Academy will cover state-of-the-art topics in biotechnology to provide students with an overview of current and future technologies that make up our current medical sciences and research field. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with scientists from industry to gain knowledge of how basic research can generate biomedical tools and products. During this exciting Academy, we will be exposed to the latest and greatest research coming out of CU Boulder. Through a series of guest lectures, lab tours and field trips,we’ll be exposed to research in a variety of topics including, Engineering, Biotechnology, Integrated Physiology, Biomimetics, Neuroscience, Biomaterials and many more. We’ll learn important lab techniques and get some hands-on experience in a variety of topics. We’ll learn to think critically about current research, identify reliable sources, interpret data and design experiments. Field trips during this Academy could include a tour of an emergency facility, on-site visits to research labs, a visit to the the UC Denver Anschutz Medical Campus to learn about medical basics and see where future doctors are getting trained. Technologies, skills, and new techniques learned by the students will be utilized to address a problem chosen by the student in a final project to culminate the Academy.

Upon completion of this Academy, students will understand:

  • How we discover and transform natural systems and products to advance human medicine and our understanding of the world around us
  • Regulation of gene expression in bacterial and mammalian cells
  • Cutting edge technologies for genetic engineering, personalized medicine and drug discovery
  • Knowledge of current research topics in the field of biomedicine, biomaterials and neuroscience
  • Ethical considerations in biotechnology
  • Basic molecular and microbiology laboratory techniques, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis, fluorescence microscopy, and essentials of culturing and manipulating simple model organisms (baker’s yeast, bacteria, and mammalian cells).

Students will also become first aid and CPR certified.


Age Policy: Careful consideration is used to determine age levels for all courses. To provide the highest quality experience for all students, it is necessary to adhere to the specified age range for this course.

Summer Course Cancellation and Transfer Policy: Cancellations made more than 15 business days prior to the start of the course will incur a $35 administrative fee. NO refunds will be given for cancellations made within 15 business days of the start of the course. In the event that a course is cancelled by Science Discovery, registrants will receive a full refund. Transfer requests made up to 15 days prior to the start of the course will incur a $15 administrative fee. Transfer requests made within 15 business days will incur a $35 administrative fee.