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Due to current, unprecedented circumstances, mentorship 2020 will be held virtually through Google Meet every Saturday.

[ Overall Structure ]


Each of our qualified and trained mentors will work with a small group of participants, guiding them in a collaborative setting to understand biological concepts and formulate research questions through interactive experiments.

To allow participants to explore which aspect of biology they are most interested in, we will facilitate a rotation system of 4 major topics in biology, which will extend throughout the first 8 weeks of the program (2 weeks per topic/lab). This exposure to various topics will act as a stepping stone to later guide their personalized group research project.


The 4 topics will include:

Ecology:

Learning and analyzing how the natural ecological environment and competition between organisms affect barnacle and bacterial populations.

Bacterial Transformation:

Learning how to make bacteria fluoresce by inserting plasmids in DNA via bacterial transformation.

Immunology and Epidemiology:

Learning about coronaviruses, how it spreads, and how to prevent transmission through mock labs and activities.

Evolution:

Learning about the evolutionary relationships of various organisms’ nucleotide sequences and their ancestors using BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) created by NIH.


For the last 4 sessions of the program, mentors will assist participants in writing a formal research paper, which we will post on our website at the end of the program. On the last day of the program, one representative of each group will share their research question with everyone, and later we will have a guest speaker who will engage participants in various biology-related topics and current research. They will also be open to answering any questions you may have about high school or STEM in general.
ORIENTATION

SEPT
5th
TOPIC SESSIONS

SEPT
12th
SEPT
19th
SEPT
26th
OCT
3rd
OCT
10th
OCT
17th
OCT
24th
OCT
31th
RESEARCH SESSIONS

NOV
14th
NOV
21st
DEC
5th
DEC
12th
SYMPOSIUM

DEC
19th