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Pre-College Summer Programs

Pre-Med Preparation: Medical Microbiology

This 1-week comprehensive program offers hands-on learning in medical microbiology, including culturing microbes, analyzing results and diagnosing infectious diseases. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the functions and importance of the human microbiome in health and disease and will learn more about the topics of antibiotic resistance and disease outbreaks.

This program is full and is unable to accept new registrations. Please consider another Summer Program for High School Students at Quinnipiac University.

Test your technical and problem-solving capabilities


Microorganisms are all around us and help shape our everyday lives. This summer, explore the exciting world of microbiology and learn the strategies and techniques used by researchers and medical professionals to diagnose diseases and develop new treatments.

Attendees will partake in engaging discussions and laboratory activities designed to reinforce scientific concepts in an informal environment. In addition, participants will meet microbiologists and microbiology students who can offer insight into academic and career possibilities in microbiology.

At the end of this program, you’ll walk away with:
  • Valuable hands-on laboratory skills and techniques commonly performed in clinical and research settings

  • Strategies for identifying microorganisms causing infectious diseases

  • Understanding of the beneficial microbes that make up the human microbiome and their importance in human health

Program Dates and Schedule

July 22, 2024 - July 26, 2024

Sample Daily Schedule: This is only a sample schedule and is subject to change due to a variety of factors.

Time Activity Detail

9 a.m. 

Morning Preparation and Introduction to Laboratory Activity

Background lecture and set-up for morning activity

9:30 a.m.

Morning Laboratory Activity

Hands-on laboratory activity to advance your understanding of medical microbiology

11:30 a.m.

Morning Session Review and Debrief Meeting

Share results and review key information from the morning laboratory activity


Lunch Break

Time to eat and socialize

1 p.m.

Afternoon Preparation and Introduction to Laboratory Activity

Background lecture and set-up for afternoon activity

2 p.m.

Afternoon Laboratory Activity

Hands-on laboratory activity to advance your understanding of medical microbiology

4 p.m.

End-of-Day Review and Debrief Meeting

Share results and review key information from the afternoon activity

4:30 p.m.


Dismissal for commuter students, while overnight students have time to rest and relax

5 p.m.


Dinner will be provided for those students with full room and board.

6 p.m.

Evening Activities (Group Recreation in our new Recreation and Wellness Center, Games, Guest Speakers, Independent and Group Enrichment Projects)

Evening is reserved for overnight students to have fun, experience our on-campus amenities, and bond with each other and staff through organized group enrichment activities.

10 p.m.

Quiet Time


Participation Requirements

Participants must be current high school students. Typically, participants are between the ages of 15 to 18 years of age at the start of the program. 

Equipment and Materials

Quinnipiac University will provide all necessary equipment, including laptops, laboratory coats and safety goggles to students in this program. Students may bring their own laptops or other devices for use outside of program instruction periods or with the instructor's approval.

Program Costs

Option 1: 1-week overnight program from Sunday to Saturday. Includes full room and board as well as evening and weekend activities: $1,680

Option 2: 1-week on-campus commuter program from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Includes lunch daily: $1,400

All options include:

  • One week of faculty-designed and delivered programming, administered online or on campus with educational support staff and program materials

  • Technology and software support

  • A Quinnipiac T-shirt

  • A digital badge for use on social media, resumes or portfolios

  • Access to special Quinnipiac Admissions events

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Discounts and Financial Aid

Partial financial support may be available for those who indicate the need for financial assistance in their online application. Financial support awards are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit.

We are pleased to offer a 10% discount on all summer camps and experiences to current Quinnipiac employees, Quinnipiac alumni and employees of our corporate partners. 

Application and Payment Deadlines

Space is limited per session; applications are reviewed when they are received and students are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Registration: Students must register for summer programs prior to June 2, 2024.

Deposits: All students must submit a non-refundable $250 deposit at the time of registration to ensure a spot is reserved for 30 days.

Payment: Payment is due within 30 days of applying to fully register for a program.

Payment Methods and Refund/Cancellation Policy

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How to Register for Summer Programs

  1. Visit our registration page
  2. Create a new account or log in to your existing account
  3. Select the program(s) you wish to enroll in and click "Continue"
  4. Complete your registration details
  5. You will receive an email confirming space is available and providing information about next steps, such as how to make payment and completing the final required registration steps. If a program is full, a waitlist option will be provided.

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Quinnipiac University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as an institution of higher education. Students who have a current IEP or 504 plan are encouraged to share any accommodations or modifications they may require in order to access the fundamentals of a QU summer program or camp they plan to attend.

Students requesting disability-based accommodations should indicate this within the application as well as email summerprograms@qu.edu about any and all specific accommodation needs.


Rules & Regulations

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