- Cancer, neuroscience and immunology are fascinating topics.
- Get a feel for college living and college curriculum in a low-stress, safe environment.
- Sharpen your academic skills and learn to think using the scientific method.
- Gain valuable job experience.
- Get a jump on your future college peers.
Mature high school students ages 14-18 who have previously taken high school biology. Exceptions can be made for students who are constrained by certain circumstances, or for students with exceptional backgrounds. There are a limited number of teaching assistant positions available to students aged 18+.
Yes, of course. The tuition is the same, just make sure that your travel and visa arrangements are taken care of well before the start of the class.
Upon acceptance and payment of the deposit, a list of items to bring will be sent out.
An application and one letter of recommendation are required. Notifications of acceptance are sent out on a rolling basis. Tuition is due within one month of acceptance.
Due to the unprecedented and unpredictable coronavirus pandemic, a special refund policy is in place for summer of 2020. In the event that workshops need to be canceled to maintain social distance directives, full refunds will be given. If we are forced to operate at reduced capacity for the same reason, available slots in the workshops will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis based upon the date that the application was submitted. All other students will receive a full refund. In the event that the workshops proceed as planned (or at reduced capacity) but accepted students wish to cancel anyway, a full refund minus a $150 administrative fee will be granted as long as the cancellation request is received within 3 weeks of the start date of the workshop in question. For cancellation requests made within 3 weeks of the workshop start date, no refund will be given except for medical reasons, which must be documented in writing by a physician. In this case, the tuition will be refunded as if the request had been received prior to the 3 week deadline. Requests to cancel enrollment during the workshop will be handled like a cancellation request received within 3 weeks of the start of a workshop: no refund will be given except for medical reasons documented by a physician. If the student must leave the workshop for documented medical reasons, the workshop tuition will be refunded on a pro-rated basis.
Upon acceptance, book your ticket as soon as possible. Transportation to/from the airport will be provided (with restrictions).
Two full scholarships (transportation not included) are available for exceptional students from lower income households. Please inquire.
Students will be housed in undergraduate housing for university students. In general, the students will have a roommate, and shared bathrooms and common areas.
Adult workshop staff will be nearby at all times, the living accommodations are controlled-access and the university campuses are regularly patrolled by campus police. The health and safety of the attendees is our first priority.
There are are a limited number of opportunities available to former students to conduct research at the Institute or to act as teaching assistants on a volunteer or paid basis. In addition, there are opportunities for students to help analyze bioinformatic data from home via computer.
There will be recreational activities in the evenings (for example: bowling at the Student Union) as well as free time, which can be spent relaxing or working on independent research projects. There will be 1.5 free days that will include at least one chaperoned field trip. Field trips could include a trip to Fishermans’ Wharf in nearby San Francisco, or an excusion to the beach.
In general, the students will be busy with the class from 9am-5pm, with an hour and a half lunch. Breakfast will be served before classes start in the morning, and dinner will be served after classes conclude for the day. The first one quarter of the workshop will include mostly lecture classes, while the final three quarters of the workshop will be a mixture of lecture, hands-on laboratory classes and computer research for their independent research project.
Yes. Laundry detergent will be provided.