Have you ever wanted to perform experiments with proteins and DNA? Does making mutant cells and glowing proteins sound fun?
Explore and perform experiments with molecules that make all living organisms work.
For youth ages 13 or 14 at the time of the camp.
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily
12 openings (6 boys, 6 girls)
BioChem Camp boasts a 2:1 student-counselor ratio.
For ages 13-14 at the time of the camp.
BYU Chem Camps are committed to ensuring that high quality science experiences are available to all members of our community, and to promoting participation by persons traditionally underrepresented in science. The selection process ensures that we have equal numbers of girls and boys, and a diverse group of participants. We’ve doubled the spaces available this year because of the overwhelming enthusiasm from the community in 2016.
There will be one session.
Due to the nature of the experiments conducted, we cannot allow youth to attend sessions that are not for their age.
The cost includes all the activities and supplies, goggles lab coat, lunch each day, and personal instruction from BYU professors and counselors. Students in financial need (eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches) can apply for a fee waiver to cover registration. Fee waivers are supported by the Central Utah Section of the American Chemical Society. The costs of BYU Chem Camps are subsidzed heavily by generous gifts of donors, the BYU Department of Chemistry, and the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
If two campers both want to attend a specific session of BYU Chem Camp together, please make a note of it on the application form. We will do our best to accommodate these requests.
Campers will participate in hands-on lab activities each day. For example, campers will isolate and examine their own DNA, harness the power of bacteria to grow glowing proteins, and examine how cellular DNA repair systems protect organisms (like us!) from the sun. In all these investigations, appropriate safety measures will be followed, and a dedicated BYU student counselor will supervise every two students.
Each prospective attendee must fill out a short application to attend a BYU Chem Camp. Upon acceptance applicants must register and pay the registration fee. For students eligible for free or reduced-cost school lunches, a fee waiver is available. Email John Best for more information about the fee waiver.
SESSION 5 is for 13–14 year olds and will be 6.5 hours each day for three days beginning at 9:00 a.m., ending at 3:30 p.m. with drop-off between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. and pick up between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.
Drop off and pick up will be located at the south end of the BYU campus near the Botany “Duck" Pond. Lunch will be provided for BioChem Camp (session 5). On the last day parents and families are invited to attend a culminating magic show presentation. Details about this presentation will be sent to parents by email.
In mid-March, accepted applicants will be given instructions on how to register.
12 applicants will be selected to register for the camp. In mid-March, accepted applicants will be given instructions on how to register.
Professor Daniel Ess runs a computer simulation research group to discover the details of chemical reactions for reactions related to catalysis, energy, and organic synthesis. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers. Professor Ess teaches organic chemistry and publishes in chemical education journals.
Besides his time and passion for chemistry, Professor Ess enjoys playing and watching all sports and listening to live music.
Professor Josh Andersen leads a team of researchers seeking to understand how tumor cells become resistant to chemotherapy and other stresses that occur within the tumor environment. Professor Andersen teaches undergraduate and graduate biochemistry. When not in the lab, he loves to run, ski, mountain bike and fly fish.