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Applications Open for 2021 Young Nebraska Scientists Camp

9th – 12th Graders Invited to Apply for Commuter Day Camp to Be Held at Bellevue University

Young scientists can engage in hands-on learning about viruses and bacteria at a new summer day camp set for June 7-11 at Bellevue University.

Applications for the camp, which is for students entering 9th through 12th grades, are open until June 1 and can be submitted online. The cost of the weeklong day camp is $50 but scholarships are available to cover the fee.

Throughout the camp, participants will do things like collect soil samples for local tallgrass prairie sites; learn bioinformatics approaches to analyze microbial meta-genomics sequencing data; analyze how the immune system recognizes and responds to viruses; purify DNA from soil samples; run DNA sequencing and interpret results; set up experiments to stimulate cells with molecules that might be found in viruses; and experience field excursions involving modern laboratory techniques.

“During the five-day camp, students will be using the same equipment and methods that scientists use to study viruses and bacteria,” said Dr. Tyler Moore, Associate Professor and one of the camp faculty.

“We see this camp as a way to build interest and a foundation in key science and STEM concepts,” explained Dr. John Kyndt, Associate Professor and the other primary camp faculty member. He added that students will be able to experience what applied science education and careers are all about. STEM is an education curriculum that focuses heavily on the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The camp is part of the Young Nebraska Scientists program funded through EPSCoR, a partnership of higher education institutions, state and federal government agencies and private industry, and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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About Bellevue University

About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with nearly 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (