ICaRE Summer Science Program

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, and neuroscience under the mentorship of faculty. Students will gain basic science knowledge and get a hands-on research experience in various laboratory experimentation processes.

Our program gives students the opportunity to :
  1. Apply your knowledge to a real world problem and gain research skills.
  2. Enhance your laboratory skills.
  3. Have fun doing science! Immersion in a scientific environment of discovery.

Who is this program designed for?

  • Students in grades 9-12 in 2019, who would like experience working in a research lab

How to apply

Submit the following application materials to icare [at] oldwestbury.edu

  • Completed Application form
  • 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 Schedule, Pick-up and Drop-off Info

Download Program Schedule, Pick-up and Drop-off Info (PDF)

Campus Map

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Research Lab Descriptions:

  • Mascareno Lab: Dr. Manya Mascareno focuses on genetic and cellular alterations in prostate cancer.
  • Gao Lab: The research in Dr. Ruomei Gao’s lab focuses on light-induced chemical reactions that produce reactive oxygen species (ROS). Those cytotoxic ROS can induce cell death in photodynamic therapy (PDT).
  • Kim Lab : Dr. Youngjoo Kim’s lab is interested in studying enzymes that are important therapeutic targets. We focus on understanding how enzymes work at a molecular level using a variety of biochemical techniques.
  • Gillis Lab: Dr. William Gillis’s lab is examining cell signal regulation in colorectal and breast cancer derived cell lines.
  • Cabail Lab: Dr. Cabail’s lab is interested in the interphase between Immunometabolism and Cancer. Her lab is studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate cancer progression and invasion in a hyper-caloric microenvironment.
  • Nissen Lab: Dr. Jillian Nissen's research focuses on how gender affects the functionality of the brain's immune cells in their response to cancer Poon Lab: Dr. Poon’s research focuses on factors that affect the function and development of neurons using a cell culture model.

Program Timeline:

Applications period begins February 11.

April 1, 2019: Selected applicants will be notified of their acceptance.

Tuition Due within two weeks of notification.

  • Session 1 July 8-12 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM 
  • Session 2 July 15-19 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM 
  • Session 3 July 22-26 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM 
  • Session 4 July 29-Aug 29:00 AM- 4:00 PM 
  • Session 5Aug 5-19 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM 
  • Session 6 Aug 12-169:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Program Details:
  • Each one-week module will give research experiences in molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and embryology
  • The tuition of a one-week module is $600.
  • Potential for continuing research projects in assigned labs beyond the formal module may be possible with approval from research mentor.

See the program flyer.