Quinnipiac University
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On-Campus Summer Pre-College High School Programs

Medical Microbiology

This one-week program delivers strategies and hands-on learning for culturing microbes and diagnosing infectious diseases. Students will have the opportunity to explore the importance of the human microbiome in health and disease, the rise of antibiotic resistance, and local and global challenges of infectious disease outbreaks.

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Overview

Microorganisms are all around us and help shape our everyday lives. While some microbes are bad and cause disease, others are vital for maintaining optimal health. This summer explore the exciting world of microbiology and learn strategies and hands-on skills for culturing microbes and diagnosing infectious diseases. Explore the importance of the human microbiome in health and disease, the rise of antibiotic resistance, and local and global challenges of infectious disease outbreaks.

The format of the program includes discussions, laboratory techniques and fun activities designed to reinforce scientific concepts in an informal environment. In addition, participants will meet microbiologists and microbiology students who can offer insight into careers in microbiology.

By the end of the program, you’ll have:
  • Gained valuable hands-on laboratory techniques commonly performed in clinical and research settings
  • Designed strategies for identifying bacteria causing infectious disease
  • Understood the beneficial microbes that make up the human microbiome and illustrate their importance in human health

Costs

The 2021 program tuition fee of $1,200 covers:

  • 1 week of a faculty-designed and delivered program with educational support staff, program materials and organized project work
  • All equipment, supplies and materials
  • Quinnipiac T-shirt

Test your technical and problem-solving capabilities

Schedule

  • Session 1: June 28, 2021 – July 2, 2021
    • 1 week, on-campus Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Typical Daily Schedule:

Time Activity Detail
9 a.m.  Morning preparation and introduction to laboratory activity Set-up and background lecture for morning activity
9:30 a.m. Morning laboratory activity Hands-on laboratory activity to advance your understanding of microbiology
11:30 a.m. Morning session review and debrief meeting Share results and review key information from the morning laboratory activity
Noon Socially distanced lunch break Get to know your classmates, while playing fun games in a socially distanced manner
1 p.m. Afternoon preparation and introduction to laboratory activity Set-up and background lecture for afternoon activity
1:30 p.m. Afternoon laboratory activity Hands-on laboratory activity to advance your understanding of microbiology
3:30 p.m. End-of-day review and debrief meeting Share results and review key information from the afternoon activity
4 p.m. Dismissal  

Participation Requirements

This program is open to all high school students.

On-campus safety requirements

The health and safety of our summer participants and staff is of paramount importance. On-campus programs and camps at Quinnipiac will practice social distancing, and all campers must wear masks when indoors. Campers may remove masks when outdoors and appropriately socially distanced, and when eating or drinking. Of course, if a participant wishes to always keep their mask on, they are welcome to do so. We will encourage participants and staff to wash their hands as much as possible or use hand sanitizer. If situations change and we are not able to hold camps or programs on-campus, all fees paid will be fully refunded. These regulations may change between now and this summer, so we will do our best to communicate any changes in policy with participants and their legal parent or guardian.

Due dates to apply and pay:

Deadline to apply: Monday, May 31, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET

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  • Space is limited per session and enrollment is based on a first-payment basis.

Full payment deadline: Friday, June 4, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET

Equipment or materials needed to participate:

We will provide laboratory coat, lab safety goggles and all materials needed to complete experiments.

Our Program Instructors

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

David Charron, MBA
Director of Summer Programs & Planning
203-582-7558
summerprograms@qu.edu