Summer Science Programs

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The Focused Interdisciplinary Research and Scientific Training (FIRST) Experience

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Join the California Northstate University (CNU) Summer Science Program experience to develop new skills, explore career pathways and experience life on a college campus!

  • The CNU Summer Science Program is a career exploration program for academically talented and motivated high school students.
  • During the week-long exploration, participants engage with faculty, college students, and leaders in the bio-science field through hands-on laboratory activities and discussions.
  • Interactive laboratory activities guide participants in developing an understanding of numerous health science career pathways, as well as contemporary challenges within these fields.

CNU Summer Science Program participants connect with a diverse cohort of educators and interact with a group of highly motivated peers.

Tuition: High school students can enroll in a half-day week long program for $250.00 or full day including both sessions for $475.00

Contact: Bridgette Dixon at

Dates: July 23rd -27th, 2018 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

High School Teacher Professional Development Workshops

The Biology Education to Careers (BETC) Program at California Northstate University is pleased to offer a series of Workshops supporting an Equipment Loan Program for High School Teachers! These 4-day Summer Workshops focus on biomolecular techniques commonly used in industry and University labs. Attendance at the workshop will make you eligible to participate in the Equipment Loan Program!

Additional professional development workshops are on the way thanks to teacher feedback! We are developing trainings on team-based learning, flipped classroom engagement, collaborative group learning, case-study teaching and much more!

Tuition: Current High School teachers may attend free of charge

Contact: The BETC Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dates: July 23rd -27th, 2018 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


College Lab Days

BETC and the CNU team offer ½ or full day on-site visits for high school science classes! If you are interested in spending the day with faculty and students at CNU doing fun hands on laboratory activities (like testing food for genetic modification using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)) and talking with current college students to learn about life on a college campus, contact us today to schedule your visit!


Science Competition 2018-2019!

Information coming soon!

Prepare your best ideas! CNU is creating our first annual high school science competition! Students will submit proposals for project ideas, win awards to complete their project, and ultimately present their final projects for the chance to win prizes! Check back soon for more details!




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:

Ø  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!)

Ø  Lectures covering a variety of molecular biology techniques and latest advances

Ø  Roundtable discussions and Networking opportunities with other teachers

Ø  Tour of a local biotech company

Ø  This workshop is free of charge thanks to our generous partners at CNU!


Participants Receive:

Ø  Instructional materials and curriculum packages

Ø  Access to the BETC equipment loan program

Ø  Certificate of completion and letter to school/district upon request

Ø  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