Pre-College Program in Computational Biology
Starting in summer 2019, the Computational Biology Department will be offering one of the world’s first summer programs in computational biology designed exclusively for high school students.
In our three-week program, our students (most of whom will be rising high school seniors) will learn the computational and laboratory skills needed in modern biology. Traditionally, these skills have been taught as part of disjoint courses, but our pre-college program will highlight the interplay between generating biological datasets in the lab and analyzing these datasets computationally.
For example, in the field of metagenomics, researchers use the DNA in an environmental sample to infer the microbial species that are present in this sample. We will lead students to collect water samples from the three rivers in Pittsburgh and teach them the lab approaches used to sequence the DNA present, as well as the computational approaches needed to match this DNA to known species.
Details on the curriculum will be provided here as they become available. For more information, including how to apply, see the program homepage at the admission website: https://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/pre-college-computational-biology.