Biotechnology Training Camp for High School Students

The Biotechnology Training Camp for High School Students provides local high school students with an opportunity to participate in cutting-edge biotechnology research on the SUNY Oswego campus. As part of this program students will:

  1. Participate in a week-long biotechnology boot camp, which will include tours of facilities, mini-lectures on molecular biology and biotechnology, safety training, and guided laboratory experiments. 

  2. Perform independent research under the mentorship of a faculty mentor for two to seven weeks in areas such as microbiology, molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and molecular ecology and evolution. 

  3. Present their projects to family, friends and the campus community at SUNY Oswego’s annual summer research symposium. 

Through these activities, the program aims to promote engagement, recruitment, and retention in STEM fields by providing hands-on experience in current biotechnology research.


  • March 15, 2022: Application deadline

  • Late March - Early April, 2022: Interviews with applicants

  • April 8 - 15, 2022: Decisions sent to applicants by email

  • June 27, 2022 - July 1, 2022: Biotechnology boot camp

  • July 5, 2022: Begin research projects with mentors

  • End dates: July 15, 2022 - August 19, 2022, depending on interests and schedules of individual students and mentors

  • Early September, 2022 (exact date TBA): SUNY Oswego Scholarly and Creative Activity Symposium

 Research mentors

 Information for parents/guardians

  • Students must commit to being on campus for approximately 8 hours per day, 5 days per week.

  • The exact number of weeks that each student spends in the lab will be decided jointly by the faculty mentor and the student to allow for flexibility.

  • The program is free for all participants.

  • Meals and transportation are not provided. Students will be brought to and picked up from the site by parents/guardians.

  • All youth participants are required to show proof of having completed a full COVID-19 vaccination series, including the booster if eligible. Evidence of vaccination can be a printed copy or digital version (emailed test results shown on a smart device or the NY State Excelsior Pass).  Participants will not be allowed to participate if they fail to comply with the vaccination requirement.

  • Participants (and faculty and staff) will need to be masked at all times. Parents/guardians must be masked at dropoff and pickup as well.

  • Family and friends are invited and encouraged to attend the student research symposium at the end of the program!

 Eligibility & application procedures

  • The program is open to rising junior and senior high school students (entering grades 11 and 12 in the Fall 2022) from Oswego County.

  • Five students will be selected based on academic performance and overall interest in gaining laboratory experience in biotechnology. 

  • Application consists of the following:

 ContactPlease email Dr. Yulia Artemenko ( with any questions.

 This program is sponsored by the Shineman Endowed Fund at SUNY Oswego.