Summer Scholars: Exploring Biology I

Dates: Monday through Friday, July 8-12, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., UNC Charlotte

Registration: Please click here.

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 28, 2024

Application Fee: $250.00 (Refund Policy: All refund requests must be submitted via email to and received 30 days prior to the start date of the program. No refunds will be granted within 30 days of the event. Refund request will take 2-3 weeks to process. There are no refunds for no-shows. A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $100.00 will be retained for each enrollment payment. No exceptions.)

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Embark on an exhilarating journey into the realm of biology with our intensive week-long summer program! Designed in alignment with the Biology I North Carolina Core Standards for the initial six weeks of the course, this program offers a dynamic blend of classroom instruction, hands-on experiments, and interactive activities to deepen your understanding of fundamental biological concepts.


Day 1: Introduction to Cells and Microscopy

  • Morning Session (9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.): Dive into the fascinating world of cells, their structure, and functions through engaging lectures and visual aids.
  • Lab Session (10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.): Get hands-on experience with microscopy techniques, observing various types of cells and their organelles under the microscope.

Day 2: Genetics and Heredity

  • Morning Session (9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.): Explore the principles of genetics, inheritance patterns, and the role of DNA through interactive discussions.
  • Lab Session (10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.): Conduct experiments on genetic traits using Punnett squares and genetic simulations to understand hereditary concepts.

Day 3: Evolutionary Biology

  • Morning Session (9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.): Delve into the mechanisms of evolution, natural selection, and adaptation through engaging presentations and group activities.
  • Lab Session (10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.): Explore evolutionary concepts through hands-on experiments, fossil studies, and comparative anatomy.

Day 4: Ecology and Ecosystems

  • Morning Session (9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.): Learn about ecosystems, food webs, and the interdependence of organisms within their environments.
  • Lab Session (10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.): Conduct field experiments, biodiversity surveys, and ecological simulations to understand the dynamics of ecosystems.

Day 5: Culminating Projects and Presentations

  • Morning Session (9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.): Work on culminating projects integrating concepts learned throughout the week.
  • Presentation Session (10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.): Showcase your projects to peers and instructors, reflecting on your learning journey and discoveries.

Join us for a stimulating week of exploration, discovery, and scientific inquiry as we unravel the mysteries of biology together!

If you have questions or need assistance please contact:

Mrs. Brittany McCann at: or call (704) 687-8726.

Registration: Please click here.