Junior Scientist Training Program - Summer Science Camps

Summer 2021 Virtual Science Camps

The Junior Scientist Training Program (JSTP) at Scripps Research offers unique summer camp experiences for high school and middle school students. The week-long programs are normally held on the La Jolla, California campus of Scripps Research, but due to ongoing social distancing restrictions imposed by the novel coronavirus outbreak, the 2021 JSTP programs will held virtually.

Through hands-on science experiments, virtual laboratory tours, fun STEM activities, and design challenges, participating students will learn how scientists conduct research and develop an understanding of the many career possibilities in science. Participants will design, conduct and present their own research project, and will receive a certificate of completion from Scripps Research.

The Junior Scientist Training Program for high school students consists of three different week-long sessions that occur Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PDT)

The high school program focuses on training students in basic laboratory techniques and the use of equipment to collect data. Students will design and work on a small research project and present their findings to their peers as a poster presentation at the conclusion of the program before receiving their certificate of completion.

This year, we’re excited to offer JSTP participants an array of remote and virtual experiences led by our researchers, graduate students and staff that will still provide interactive science experiences while sharing information and insight into advanced biomedical research. For activities students will take part in at home, Scripps Research will provide all experimental supplies to participants. JSTP participants will also take part in virtual laboratory tours and mentoring sessions with our scientists. Unfortunately, the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions will not allow us to offer 2021 high school program participants the opportunity to shadow scientists in the lab.

The high school program will be held in three 1-week sessions:

  • Session 1: Bioinformatics (July 12 - 16) • Students will work on key skills needed in bioinformatics research including: familiarity with databases, programming, and computational tools. They will develop a deeper understanding of how our genomic data is not only researched but published and recorded for further research. The independent research project will enable students to understand how crowdsourcing biology can support the building of scientific knowledge.
  • Session 2: Microbiology (July 19 - 23) • Students will learn about how scientists investigate microbes using different culturing and visualization techniques. They will also be able to practice good asceptic techniques that are key in working with microorganisms. They will develop a deeper understanding on the different types of microbes and what can be grown and studied in the lab and how.
  • Session 3: Molecular Biology (July 26 - 30) • Students will work on various molecular biology techniques that are important in conducting basic lab work. Concepts from both chemistry and biology will be explored and utilized in conducting experiments.
     

The high school program is $300 per student per week. Discounts for employees and siblings of registered participants are available.  ($275 per student per week) These costs cover the equipment and supplies that are sent to participating students, as well as support for the instructors that teach the course.

The Junior Scientist Training Program for middle school students is a week-long camp that occurs Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (PDT)

The middle school program focuses on training students in the scientific method and how to design sound research experiments. Students will design and work on a small research project, then share their findings with their peers at the conclusion of the program before receiving their certificate of completion.

This year, we’re excited to offer JSTP participants an array of remote and virtual experiences led by our researchers, graduate students and staff that will still provide interactive science experiences while sharing information and insight into advanced biomedical research. For activities students will take part in at home, Scripps Research will provide all experimental supplies to participants. JSTP participants will also take part in virtual laboratory tours and mentoring sessions with our scientists.

  • Session 1: Cell Biology (July 12 - 16) • Students will learn how organisms are studied and visualized. Much of science is studied using model systems like Yeast, and students will get to explore yeast growth, metabolism and genetics.
  • Session 2: Biotechnology (July 19 - 23) • Students will learn how science has revolutionized the way we tackle world problems. From GMOs to renewable energy sources, we explore different industries and the role science plays in each. 
  • Session 3: EcoScience (July 26 - 30) • Students will learn about the kingdoms of life and focus on plant physiology. Activities includes modeling photosynthesis as well as cellular respiration.
     

The middle school program is open to rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders (students who will be entering the 7th and 8th grade in fall 2021) and costs $300 per student per week. Discounts for employees and siblings of registered students are available. ($275 per student per week.) These costs cover the equipment and supplies that are sent to participating students, as well as support for the instructors that teach the course.

Time High School Program Middle School Program
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (PDT) Recorded Lectures (asynchronous) Live Lectures & Activities (synchronous)
11 a.m.  - 1 p.m. (PDT) Live Lectures & Activities (synchronous) Recorded Lectures (asynchronous)
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (PDT) Live Tours/Discussions Live Tours/Discussions

The Junior Scientist Training program will allow students to participate in some or all of the following modules: 

  • Knowledge Building Activities: Activities that will help students learn about the topic being explored in a fun and interactive way. 
  • Wet Lab Experiments: Students will participate in hands-on science experiments from home. 
  • Lab Tours: For the 2021 program, students will virtually tour Scripps Research laboratories to learn about the research work happening at our institute and see how scientists use advanced tools to work on their research. 
  • Meet and Discuss with a Scientist: Students will be able to interact with scientists, learn about their work at Scripps Research, ask questions, discuss important topics in science, and build a mentorship bond. 
  • Research Study: Students will design and conduct an experiment throughout the week that they will use to collect data, which they will present at the end of the week. 
  • Careers in Science: Students will get to meet different role models in the world of science and discover different STEM career paths.
     

At the end of the week, students will have a new appreciation for how scientists ‘do’ science and how they can pursue a career in science as well. They will also have had the unique experience of designing, conducting and presenting their own research project and will also receive a certificate of completion.

Cost:

  • Middle School Program: $300 per student per week.
  • High School Program: $300 per student per week.
     

Fees and completed paperwork are required to guarantee your seat in the program. Discounts for siblings and Scripps Research employees are available and reduce the weekly cost to $275 per middle school student or $275 per high school student.

Scholarships: We have limited scholarships and discounts for those students who can demonstrate need. To be considered, please request a scholarship on the Scholarship page of the online application. You will be asked to write and submit a short essay (350 words or less) describing your request.

Location: Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), we are unable to offer JSTP programs on our La Jolla campus again this summer. So that we may still provide a research experience to interested students while ensuring the safety and well-being of participants, Scripps Research will offer JSTP participants an array of remote and virtual experiences led by our researchers, graduate students and staff that will still provide interactive science experiences while sharing information and insight into advanced biomedical research. For activities students will take part in at home, we will provide all experimental supplies to participants. JSTP participants will also take part in virtual laboratory tours and mentoring sessions with our scientists. Unfortunately, the new restrictions will not allow us to offer high school program participants the opportunity to shadow scientists in the lab.

Interested students may register via our online Application Management system by clicking on the appropriate registration button (middle school or high school) above. If you plan to register, please read these important notes:

  • Middle School Program: Parents/Guardians will register on behalf of their middle school child(ren). The first step in applying to the Junior Scientist Training Program on behalf of your middle school child or children is to create a login using your information. Once you complete the login process, you will be able to register your child and any additional middle school children.
  • High School Program: High school students must complete their own application. As part of the application process, students under the age of 18 must enter a parent/guardian's information.
  • Children may be registered for one or more program weeks with a single application, Signing up siblings for a JSTP programs does qualify for a $25 discount per child.
     

If you have any other questions for us, please email Nitya at nbhaskaran@scripps.edu.