How do scientists discover the underlying genetic mutations that are associated with various diseases? Do you wonder how the understanding of DNA replication allows scientists to manipulate the human genome? In the PCRi Biology course, students will learn how scientists answer these revolutionary questions. This course will introduce high school students to the basics of biological research with a particular focus on molecular biology and genetics.
We will provide students with a foundational understanding of the central dogma, and introduce them to routinely used experimental techniques in biological research, including PCR, Western blotting, and CRISPR. Over the course of six weeks, students will collaborate with their peers to analyze primary scientific literature, apply their knowledge of research tools to answer real-world biological questions, and interact with leading principal investigators and graduate students to explore the vast career opportunities that research has to offer. By the end of this course, students will have gained the professional skills necessary to work confidently in laboratory settings. Students will join a diverse community of future scientists to explore their individual interests and prepare them to enter the realm of research.
In this course, you can learn how literature, philosophy, ethics, and language shape human culture. A central focus will be discussing and comparing powerful texts from around the world and how they have historically impacted the societies around them.
You will leave this course prepared to confidently enter the world of Humanities research.
Science is inherently interdisciplinary. You will often find biologists collaborating with physicists and engineers to develop the next generation of medical technology. Similarly computer scientists, physicists, mathematicians and engineers are currently working to develop the next generation of data and information processing. Understanding the math and physics behind the latest scientific developments is paramount to refining and developing new technologies.
In the Math/Physics PCRi course you will learn about the scientific method and how to characterize and develop experiments through various lenses. We will study topics from fields such as biophysics, topology, complex dynamics, computer programming, and optics. We hope to provide you with foundational research skills and mentorship from undergraduate and graduate students.
Over the course of the program, students in the social sciences will engage with the breadth of the field and learn about how research in the social sciences happens. Students will participate in a number of courses and exercises designed to demonstrate and elucidate the methods and practices involved in a social sciences research project, including how to read and analyze academic literature, how to create a research question, how to begin a research proposal, and ultimately how to create a social sciences research project.
Additionally, students will take specialized courses about history, political science, international relations, and linguistics, among other fields normally not taught within high school in order to show students all of the possibilities that social sciences as a field has to offer. At the end of the program, students will have simultaneously expanded their breadth of knowledge and learned how to confidently enter the world of social sciences research.