Previous Summer Science Programs



Use the fliers for 1) summer science program; 2) High School Teacher Biotech Workshop; 3) CNU FIRST





The Science of Forensics

Lead Faculty: Dr. Heather M. Brown and Dave Menshew

Join team CSI-CNU in an interactive laboratory experience that will allow you to immerse yourself in the challenges and complexities of crime scene investigation. You will work as a team to solve the mystery of a realistic crime scene. As a CSI-CNU team member, you will gather evidence, study the clues, analyze the data and, maybe, solve the crime. Appropriate for middle and high school students!


Get Bright with biotech: The Biology of Fluorescence

Lead Faculty: Dr. Heather M. Brown

Learn about the exciting field of biotechnology through hands on laboratory experiences! Students will engage in lab techniques commonly used in academic and industry labs while exploring applications in biomedical and agricultural fields! These Activities include: Disease diagnosis, DNA transformation (we will use a gene from a jelly fish, to make bacteria glow) and testing food for genetic modification using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)! Several college student interns will also be present to discuss their college experiences and careers in the health sciences. Appropriate for high school students 9th grade and up!


High School Teacher Molecular Biology Techniques for the Classroom

Lead Faculty: Dr. Heather M. Brown

Workshop Highlights:

  • Hands on molecular biology lab exercises in an accessible format for the high school classroom (including PCR, Transformation, agarose gel electrophoresis, Restriction Digestion and much more!)
  • Lectures covering a variety of molecular biology techniques and latest advances
  • Roundtable discussions and Networking opportunities with other teachers
  • Tour of a local biotech company
  • This workshop is free of charge thanks to our generous partners at CNU!


Participants Receive:

  • Instructional materials and curriculum packages
  • Access to the BETC equipment loan program
  • Certificate of completion and letter to school/district upon request

Light morning refreshments! Please bring lunch!


Phone: 916-686-7300




California Northstate University
College of Health Sciences
2910 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

College Code

SAT College Code: 7669
ACT College Code: 7032