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BYU Biochem Camp

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. Mature 12-year old youth that have completed a full year of junior high may also submit an application.


Session 5 (ages 13 - 14)

June 21-23
9:00-3:00 pm

Session 6 (ages 13 - 14)

June 24-26
9:00-3:00 pm

Session 7 (ages 13 - 14)

June 28-30
9:00-3:00 pm


Generous donors have made tuition scholarships available. If you currently cannot afford the registration fee, please apply and indicate that you need a tuition scholarship.

Students working in lab


  • Participate in real hands-on biochemistry and molecular biology experiments with close mentoring from BYU students and professors.
  • Learn about and explore the molecules of life: DNA, RNA, protein, enzymes, and sugar.
  • Take lab tours and hear about careers in chemistry and life sciences.

BioChem Camp boasts a 3:1 student-counselor ratio.

Students working in lab


  • For ages 13-14 at the time of the camp. Mature 12 year olds that have completed a full year of junior high may also apply to BioChem Camp.
  • BYU Chem Camps are committed to ensuring that high quality science experiences are available to all members of our community. Equal numbers of girls and boys participate in each camp. Campers are randomly selected from applicants.
  • There will be three BioChem Camp sessions.
    • SESSION 5 (ages 13–14) June 21–23, Monday-Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
    • SESSION 6 (ages 13-14) June 24–26, Thursday -Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
    • SESSION 7 (ages 13-14) June 28 – June 30, Monday-Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
  • Due to the nature of the experiments conducted, we cannot allow youth to attend sessions that are not for their age.
  • BioChem Camp (ages 13–14)
    The registration fee for BioChem camp is $185.
    The cost includes experiments, activities, and supplies (goggles, lab coat, lunch each day (full-day camps), etc.), and personal instruction from BYU counselors. Families in financial need (eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches) can apply for a tuition scholarship to cover registration. Scholarships are made available by very generous private donors and the Central Utah Section of the American Chemical Society. The cost of the camps is heavily subsidized by private donors and the BYU 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.
  • BioChem Camp (ages 13–14)

    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.
  • 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 tuition scholarship is available. Email for more information about a tuition scholarship.
  • BioChem Camp

    SESSIONS 5-7 for 13–14 year olds are three-day camps that begin at 9:00 a.m. Drop off will occur between 8:45-9:00 a.m. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Pick up occur between 2:45-3:00 p.m.

    Drop off and pick up for all sessions will be located at the south end of the BYU campus near the Botany “Duck” Pond.

    Additional schedule details will be sent to parents after registration is complete.
  • Applications are now open and will remain open until May 7, 2021.

    Applicants will be accepted as soon as BYU gives final approval of the program. We hope this will occur in early May.

Students working in lab


How do I register for Chem Camp?

First, apply: Apply now. Applicants will then be randomly selected to register for camp sessions. Starting in March, accepted applicants will be given instructions on how to register. You will be contact by an email from

Students working in lab


Daniel Ess

Professor Daniel Ess runs a computer simulation research group to discover the details of chemical reactions for reactions related to catalysis and energy. He has published over 100 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.

Josh Andersen

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.

James Moody

Professor James Moody and his team of researchers are working to develop new tools to make it easier to get atomic scale pictures of proteins. Professor Moody and his team also study and engineer enzymes that make and use free radicals to do amazing chemistry. Professor Moody teaches undergraduate and graduate biochemistry. When not in the lab, Professor Moody enjoys running, hiking, camping, drawing, and spending time with his family.



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