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Summer Science Camps at Lawrence Tech!

Forensic Summer Science Institute – JUNE 25 – 29, 2012

 9 a.m.–4 p.m., $400 day camp/$550 residential
For sophomores and juniors. Cost includes a $200 nonrefundable registration fee. If you are a highly motivated student proficient in biology, chemistry, and physics, the Forensic Summer Science Institute is the camp for you. You will be given a crime scenario, which you’ll solve using state-of-the-art lab equipment to explore DNA fingerprinting, drug testing, hair and fiber analysis, ballistics, gunshot-residue testing, and blood spatter analysis.

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Biotechnology - JULY 16 – 20, 2012

9 a.m.–4 p.m., $550 day camp/$665 residential
In a research lab setting, you’ll genetically engineer bacteria, purify and quantify proteins, and learn how to clone genes. You’ll apply modern DNA profiling techniques to solve crimes and use high-tech tools to diagnose diseases and track infectious outbreaks. Your days will be filled with hands-on experimentation with just enough theory and background to make the experience meaningful

For more information on LTU summer camps in this and other areas, see this page.


Learning in the lab New life sciences research facilities enable students to learn through research projects

The completion of a major expansion and upgrade of the laboratory facilities in the College of Arts and Sciences has opened up new research opportunities for the faculty. It has also created new hands-on experiences that will better prepare Lawrence Tech undergraduate students for medical school, graduate school, and careers in the healthcare field.

That’s because working side by side with a professor engaged in basic life sciences research is one of the best ways to gain a deeper knowledge of the scientific principles that guide medical care, according to Dean Hsiao-Ping Moore of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“I firmly believe that the best way to teach students cognitive skills, analytical skills, creativity, and critical thinking is through research,” Moore said. “In the sciences there is no substitute.”

A major breakthrough was achieved in 2010 when the National Sciences Foundation awarded a $1,342,276 grant for a next-generation life sciences research facility to include a molecular and cell biology research lab, a chemical biology lab, an instrumentation room, a walk-in cold room, and a room for preparing testing materials and equipment.
Lawrence Tech’s grant was three to four times larger than the typical NSF grant. More than 1,500 universities and colleges filed letters of intent for a round of funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and less than 10 percent were successful.

On Oct. 1, the College of Arts and Sciences celebrated Homecoming with not just one ribbon-cutting ceremony but five to mark the completion of the new and upgraded research facilities.

As a result of the NSF grant, Lawrence Tech now has laboratory facilities for undergraduates that are typically found in medical schools and graduate school programs.