SCIENCE: ASPIRING INVENTORS' CLUB

Contact: Lance Liotta, College of Science, lliotta@gmu.edu, 703-993-9444
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Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: Actively learn the patent process as you work in small teams to invent and prototype a solution to a challenge, problem, or your own idea! By the club’s end, students can complete a draft of a patent application for their invention. Open to rising 10th graders through college undergraduates. Biweekly sessions from June 20 to August 9 (no sessions week of July 4), Tuesday and Thursdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Attendance at each session is recommended, but not required. No make-up sessions are
provided.


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SCIENCE: ASPIRING SCIENTISTS SUMMER INTERNSHIP FOR YOUNG RESEARCHERS (ASSIP-YR)

Contact: Andrea Cobb, College of Science, acobb4@gmu.edu, 703-993-7058
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Location: Fairfax Campus, SciTech Campus (Manassas), or Potomac Science Center (Woodbridge)
Description: ASSIP-YR is a mentor-differentiated, non-wet lab research experience for academically advanced younger students. Students must be between 13–15 years old by June 17, 2019. Students will be admitted by application and mentor interview. Dates are agreed upon by the mentor and the student, starting no sooner than June 17 and ending no later August 9, 2019.


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SCIENCE: BIOINFORMATICS – A SHORT COURSE

Contact: Iosif Vaisman, College of Science, ivaisman@gmu.edu, 703-993-8431
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Location: SciTech Campus (Manassas)
Description: Learn theoretical approaches and use techniques and computational tools for DNA and protein sequence, structure, and function analysis. Students will develop practical skills working with biological databases and internet-based bioinformatics resources. Students must have completed high school biology and Algebra II. Dates will be June 17–28, Monday–Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a lunch break (lunch is not provided).


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SCIENCE: HANDS-ON INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE USING R

Contact: Jason Kinser, College of Science, jkinser@gmu.edu, 703-993-3785
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Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: This course explores the fundamentals of data science with hands-on applications. Students delve into the skills required of college courses and job applications. Activities are structured to understanding data structures, visualization techniques, data mining, and communication of the results. A majority of the course will be dedicated to applying learned skills through various activities. Some programming experience preferred. June 17–28, Monday–Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., including a lunch break (lunch not provided).


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SCIENCE: LIFE SCIENCE RESEARCH PROPOSAL BOOT CAMP (SUMMER SATURDAYS)

Contact: Fatah Kashanchi, College of Science, fkashanc@gmu.edu, 703-993-9160
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Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: Wonder how to turn your scientific life science idea into a feasible and fundable proposal? Work in small groups to write a great proposal, which may earn an award during the final session! Open to rising 10th graders through college undergraduates who wish to do original research in the life sciences. Boot camp meets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a half-hour lunch break, on the following Saturdays: June 22, June 29, and July 13. Sign up by April 30 deadline.


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SCIENCE: MODELING LIFE – A CRASH COURSE

Contact: Maria Emelianenko, College of Science, memelian@gmu.edu, 703-993-9688
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Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: A crash course on cutting-edge mathematical modeling in life sciences. This program providing hands-on experience with analytical and computational tools that help researchers answer questions about epidemics, cancer, infectious diseases, climate dynamics and more. Students with some familiarity with differential equations and programming are preferred. June 17–28, Monday–Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. including lunch break (lunch not provided).


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STEM: FEMALES OF COLOR AND THOSE UNDERREPRESENTED IN STEM (F.O.C.U.S.)

Contact: Kelly Knight, STEM Accelerator, College of Science, gmustem@gmail.com, 703-993-5478
Website: focusonstem.org
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: Females of Color and those Underrepresented in STEM (F.O.C.U.S.) is a week-long camp which exposes females to a variety of disciplines within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The camp is presented in a fun, hands-on, intellectually stimulating format designed to elevate their interests. The first four days each “F.O.C.U.S.” on a different letter of the STEM acronym.  On day five, participants have an opportunity to collaborate with their groups and present one of the topics from the week in a poster session with invited faculty, students, and family.  There is also a “Leadership and Entrepreneurship” component to F.O.C.U.S., which gives the students an opportunity to meet successful women who currently work for leading organizations and/or own their own businesses.


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CONSERVATION: SMITHSONIAN-MASON SCHOOL OF CONSERVATION SUMMER PROGRAMS

Contact: Robert Barrett, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, rbarret@gmu.edu, 540-635-0460
Website: smconservation.gmu.edu/programs/high-school-summer-programs-for-college-credit
Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal
Description: Spend the week at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, housed at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Learn about a range of endangered mammals, birds, and amphibians. Get one-on-one instruction from Mason’s award-winning faculty and Smithsonian researchers. Gain an understanding of the complex nature of present-day conservation that you can apply to future internships. Earn up to two college credits per course in our immersive, field-based, week-long residential programs. Open to rising high school juniors and seniors.

Course Offerings:

Introduction to Field Conservation Ecology: Hands-on experience in conservation research field methods

How to Be a Better Naturalist: Take natural history observations and learn how to identify organisms in the field

Wonderful World of Water: Learn how humans shape and study watersheds

Talking the Conservation Talk: Communication skills for beginning conservation professionals


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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/CONSERVATION: WASHINGTON YOUTH SUMMIT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Contact: George Mason University, Office of Admissions, wyse@gmu.edu, 703-993-5010
Website: wyse.gmu.edu
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: 

George Mason University, along with distinguished partners the National Geographic Society and the National Zoo, is proud to host the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE). The WYSE welcomes 250 High School National Youth Delegates from all over the country. National Youth Delegates join the Mason community, which includes students and faculty from all over the world. The summit is a hands-on, interactive program that provides America's highest achieving high school students with an interest in the environment, conservation and sustainability, and with the desire to explore careers in the fields of environmental science, conservation, policy, law and engineering, with a remarkable opportunity.