Summer Immersion Program

The George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences Biomedical Laboratory Sciences Department will be holding the 4th Annual Laboratory Sciences Summer Immersion Program in 2020. This intensive program will be offered in two sessions. Students will be asked to select their session choice on the application.

Program Structure

Subsequently, the overall goal for this program is to expose students, with limited laboratory experience, to the skills necessary to pursue careers in biomedical sciences. In this program, students will obtain theoretical and hands-on experience in the following areas:

  • Laboratory safety
  • Essential laboratory skills and techniques
  • Disease case studies
  • Diagnostic techniques
  • Molecular technologies, such as:
    • Agarose gel electrophoresis
    • Polymerase chain reaction
    • Recombinant DNA and cloning
    • DNA sequence analysis

Student Testimonials

Before I joined this camp, I had no idea what people did in labs. I would see the complex machinery and think that I would really want to use it one day. I wasn’t really thinking about joining a medical field, but when I came to this camp it opened my eyes. I would rate this camp five stars. The teachers are amazing and teach with unique styles that kept me interested all 6 hours. We got to use instruments that scientist use in labs such as a centrifuge, micropipettes, incubators, incinerators and so on. Overall, this camp is an experience I will never forget and I will recommend it to anyone even if they aren’t thinking about a job in the medical field. Maajid Husain, John Champe High School Class of 2020

This is an amazing program! I learned a lot and this was a great experience. Sana Ahmad, Briar Woods High School Class of 2019 

I loved doing all of the experiments and learning about the different tests and methods that doctors often use at the hospital. The knowledge that I learned from this program gave me a greater understanding of biomedical sciences and has given me a passion for science. Josephine Johannes, Freedom High School Class of 2018

Program Details

Dates: Session One: June 22nd - June 26th

            Session Two: July 6th - July 10th

Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Location: Discovery Hall at The George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC)

Fee: $400.00 per person (fee includes lab supplies and materials)

  • If accepted into the MLS Summer Immersion, the applicant will be provided an acceptance letter outlining information on how to submit a non- refundable registration fee of $400.00 via credit card. 

Application Deadline: April 15, 2020

Applying to the Summer Immersion Program

Additional Details

Liability waivers must be submitted in order to participate in the program. 

Students will receive a certificate of completion that can be listed on resumes, college applications, or for volunteer hours.

If you have any questions, please email

Financial Assistance: In 2020, we are providing financial assistance for select applicants. Applicants who come from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds established by the U.S. Census Bureau, will be considered for financial aid. Further information about this will be provided in our high school and community college applications.