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Photo of Jason Williams with the DNALC STARS program
Once a student in the DNA Learning Center (DNALC), Jason Williams (left) now works as the program’s assistant director of diversity and research readiness. Here, Williams speaks with a group of campers in the DNALC’s STARS program.
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The Science Technology & Research Scholars (STARS) summer camp is a two-week research experience held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s (CSHL’s) DNA Learning Center. The program is designed to help high school students from underrepresented communities pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Throughout the camp, students learn a variety of lab and computer skills. Lessons cover the fundamentals of DNA as well as the basic coding needed to analyze it. At the end of the program, the campers join an alumni network. Here they’re offered further mentorship, college prep, and research opportunities.

The STARS camp is open to students in grades 10-12. To participate, they must be part of a community that is underrepresented in STEM. Each STARS camper receives a scholarship covering the full tuition cost.

The STARS program may even serve as a first step into the career pathways program at CSHL. Other early entry points include the CSHL School of Biological Sciences’ Undergraduate Research Program and Postbacclaureate Research Education Program.

This year’s STARS program will run from August 7 to 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Look for information on more youth learning opportunities coming soon.

Written by: Luis Sandoval, Communications Specialist | | 516-367-6826

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