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Biotechnology Mini Summer School

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About the Program

This is an opportunity for high school students who are fascinated by DNA and want to learn about the biotechnology tools and techniques used by scientists and industry researchers to make new products and medicines! During this 3-day program, students will work in the same Biotechnology training lab used by Penn State students and learn how to conduct DNA cloning and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of DNA. Students will also meet current Biotechnology students and industry professionals who use Biotechnology in their daily work. A short application, and more information will be available here on this page in January 2020. Please reach out to us at with any questions or if you would like to receive the application information via email.


You can also see the 2019 Biotech Mini Summer School photo album here:

For more information, please see Information for Parents from the Penn State Office of Ethics and Compliance. 


Dates: July 28 - 30, 2020  (Note: This program was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.)

Grades: Students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2020

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Application and Fees: Two versions of the application are listed below, please use either one. When returning completed applications, please save as a PDF with applicant's last name in the title. No new applications are being accepted at this time. 



If using the fillable PDF version of this form, please remember to save the completed form with a new name so that your information is saved! For more helpful suggestions on completing fillable forms, see the bottom of this page. 

Registration fee for applicants who are accepted is $155 (does not include housing.)  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by mid-April and those who will be attending will be sent instructions on how to officially register for the program.

Lunch and Snacks: Activity breaks will be taken each day to allow kids to eat their peanut-free snacks that they brought from home. Campers will eat a catered lunch on each day of the program.

Note: Extended care is not offered with this camp.



Follow these steps to complete a PDF Fillable Form:

1. Download and Install Adobe Reader Software.

To access, view, download, complete and print fillable forms you will need to use the latest Adobe Reader. Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free and can be downloaded from if your computer does not have it currently. Follow the instructions from Adobe to properly install the software.

2. View the Form, then Save it to your computer.

Click the button or website link that leads to the form. When it is open, select the “Download” or “Save” icon. You might be given the opportunity to choose where to save your PDF form. Make note of where you are saving it so you can open it in a later step. If you are not able to choose the folder location, it will be saved to your "Downloads" folder.

3. Open the Form and complete it

Locate the PDF file you saved in the last step in Windows and double click it to open. When the form is open, proceed to fill out the form as required.

4. Save the PDF Form with a new name

When the PDF form is complete, save it as a new document with your last name in the title. (example: “ApplicationForm_Eberly”).  At this point you can attach the completed and saved document to an email and send it back for review.  Alternatively, you may print it to be mailed or faxed.