Project Biotech: Biotech Summer Camp

Position Description

Shoreline Community College’s Biotechnology Lab opens its doors to high school students for three week-long explorations of biotechnology and DNA sequencing!

Program Length: 1 week

Application Deadline: Applications open February 2020

Session 1: July 6-10, 2020 – Biotechnology Essentials & Beyond

Biotechnology is a diverse field that includes tools and techniques that are used in all fields of biology. This camp includes micropipetting; DNA purification, PCR and sequence analysis used to identify species (also called “DNA Barcoding”); making a genetically modified organism (GMO); and visits with scientists from the Puget Sound area.  This camp is designed for rising freshman, rising sophomores, and campers of any age interested in basic biotechnology training.  This camp also provides all of the training needed for subsequent camps.

Session 2 : July 20-24, 2020 – Biotechnology & Orca Conservation

Orcas (also known as Killer Whales or Orcinus orca) are an iconic species central to the ecosystem and culture of the Pacific Northwest. In recent years, our Southern Resident Orcas have faced great challenges to their long-term survival, including food insecurity and stress from boat and ship traffic in the Puget Sound. In order to help them survive, we must understand the greatest threats to their health. Analyzing scat provides an opportunity to evaluate Orca health in a non-invasive way without adding to their stress. In addition to learning many techniques associated with scat studies and how to evaluate the health of the Puget Sound food web, campers will also be able to meet with the scientists at the University of Washington engaged in this cutting-edge and vital research. This camp will also include tours of other research labs at the University of Washington and is designed for rising juniors and seniors, PROJECT BIOTECH camp alumni, or other students with more biotechnology experience.

Session 3: August 3-7, 2020 – Biotechnology & Infectious Disease: Tracking Pandemic Flu

During the 2017-2018 flu season, an estimated 79,000 Americans died of the flu and its complications, compared to 12,000 to 56,000 in previous years (  Each year, there is a risk of a new pandemic strain arising, defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as “a global outbreak of a new influenza virus [which] happens when new (novel) influenza viruses emerge which are able to infect people easily and spread from person to person in an efficient and sustained way.”  Campers will learn about the epidemiology of influenza, including how novel influenza strains emerge, and how they are identified and studied.  This camp provides hands-on lab and computer activities like those researchers use to study infectious disease outbreaks, including diagnostic tools (ELISAs and Western blots), and sequence analysis and comparisons of current influenza vaccine strains and circulating strains of the flu. This camp will also include tours of local research institutions near downtown Seattle and is designed for rising juniors and seniors, PROJECT BIOTECH camp alumni, or other students with more biotechnology experience.


Applications from current 8th through 11th graders will be reviewed immediately. 12th grade student applications will be reviewed after June 15th if there are camp openings available.

Camp Details

Time:              9 am – 4 pm (Monday to Friday)

Cost:               $450 per student (financial need-based scholarships are available)