Molecular Biology Camp

For the health and safety of all, we will be offering virtual/online-only camps this summer. This camp is not able to be offered in an online format and will be cancelled.

For our currently registered students, we will be contacting you directly via e-mail to see if you would like to transfer to one of our other camps being offered virtually. If not, we will process a full refund.

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Ever wonder what GMO means? It’s a term that is used from medicine to agriculture. Find out how recombinant DNA is made and test your skills as a molecular biologist. You will be introduced to the basic principles of molecular biology through demonstrations, games, and hands-on experiments. You will learn laboratory safety, the structure and composition of DNA, and how to grow bacteria. By the end of the week, you will have the skills to make a genetically modified bacteria that glows green! You will work in teams with a scientist to learn STEM skills, play games, build models and debate the value of GMO. At the end of the week, we hope you are excited about science and appreciate how molecular biology impacts the world.

Ages: 14-17

Course Number:


Course Date:
Monday, June 8, 2020 to Friday, June 12, 2020
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $400

  • Optional Extended Day until 5:30pm - $35
  • Optional Lunch Vouchers - $55 (provides 5 lunches)

Overnight Camp - $880



Dr. Michelle Lewis has a doctorate in biochemistry and is the Assistant Director for the Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility (BFF) at the University of Georgia. She has used molecular biology for 20 years to develop novel products for biotechnology research. She is personally interested in providing STEM opportunities to middle and high school students. Dr. Lewis has taught high school chemistry, judged science fairs, and coordinated hands on science activities for local schools. This is Michelle’s first year as a Summer Academy Instructor.

Nichole Calhoun has an Associate Degree in Biotechnology from Athens Technical College. Nichole has worked at the Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility (BFF) for five years and contributed to hundreds of diverse projects. She shares her enthusiasm for learning and science by mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in laboratory techniques. Nichole is an active volunteer in local elementary science classrooms and science fairs. This is Nichole’s first year as a Summer Academy Instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

Students will need long pants and closed-toe shoes.

We recommend that all of our students bring a water bottle and small day bag to carry everyday items/supplies.

Our staff takes great care to provide everything your child needs for their camp’s specific needs. Please look for the camp outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent three weeks before your camp. Overnight supply lists will be included.