ICaRE Summer Science Program


A female student in a science lab

The Summer Science Program offered by the ICaRE(Institute of Cancer Research and Education) at SUNY Old Westbury provides High School students with an opportunity to learn biotechnology, molecular biology of cancer, cell biology, cancer immunology, biochemistry, cell signaling, or neuroscience under the mentorship of Faculty and current Undergraduate students. Students will learn how laboratory science can be translated into improved human health and will engage in investigative experiences. Our program gives students the opportunity to virtually:

  1. Understand the process of the scientific method used by real scientists
  2. Apply knowledge to a real world problem and gain research skills
  3. Learn key laboratory methodologies
  4. Learn critical reading of peer-reviewed literature on an unknown topic
  5. Gain experience presenting scientific work through writing and oral presentation
  6. Have fun learning about the science!

Who is this program designed for?

  • As of January 2020, students in grades 9-12 who would like to be introduced to core laboratory and research skills.

How to apply

Submit the following application materials to icare@oldwestbury.edu

  • Copy of school transcript
  • Resume/CV
  • Essay (500 words or less) explaining your interest in science and laboratory research
  • A letter of recommendation from a science teacher who can speak of the student’s knowledge and interest in doing science

Program Timeline:

  • Applications period begins March 1st; ends June 15.
  • April 1: Selected applicants will be notified of their acceptance

Sessions (May be added if there is high demand)

  • Session 1 July 5-9
  • Session 2 July 12-16
  • Session 3 July 19-23 
  • Session 4 July 26-30

Program Details:

  • Each one-week module will provide students with an introduction to core research methods.
  • Additional weeks will build upon the materials and will be individualized for each student.
  • The tuition for a one-week module is $700
  • Payment: All payments are due 1 WEEK after receipt of notification of acceptance and invoice. Lack of payment may forfeit your spot in the program.
  • Tuition is NON REFUNDABLE
  • One Day of on site Lab will be offered for students interested. This is subject to Health and safety guidelines at that time.

Research topics that may be covered include:

  • Cancer cell biology, biochemistry, immunology,
  • molecular biology, neuroscience, data science,
  • translational research, development, and
  • bioinformatics

Resource Requirements:

A personal computer such as a desktop or laptop with internet access is required.

Your computer or laptop must have a camera and microphone (either built-in or USB attachments). We recommend updating operating systems, browsers, and Flash before the start of your online session.

Courses may use Blackboard or Google Hangouts for assignments and discussions. Students will receive all important links and information before the beginning of class.


The schedule will include live lectures, discussions, group work, and presentations and will be provided prior to the start of camp.

Additional Information:

This is an ONLINE camp that will utilize LIVE sessions coupled with virtual interactive lab simulations. All communication will be facilitated via online platforms such as Zoom, Google Meets, and other interactive platforms.