Biology Overview

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The University of Central Florida is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our Summer Institute (SI) students. We have shifted some of our programs to virtual for Summer 2021 and will continue to monitor and follow university guidelines regarding COVID-19, applicable to our programs. Potential cancellations, student capacities, locations, and other details may change as information surrounding the current pandemic continues to unfold. We will update our websites as new information becomes available and appreciate your flexibility and patience during this time.

The Biology Summer Institute is a one week program for rising junior and senior high school students interested in seeking further understanding of Central Florida’s diverse ecosystems, from Orlando to the east coast. This program will introduce students to field techniques and experimental approaches used in water quality assessment, vegetation monitoring, forest ecology, and studies of gopher tortoises and marine turtles. Throughout the program students will participate in hands-on experiences with professional biologists in a fun and educational setting designed to inspire a passion for studying the fields of biology, ecology, and natural resource conservation. In addition, students will spend one day in the lab learning basic data analysis, and the importance of communicating science.

The Institute will run from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday – Friday. It is limited to 12 students, and requires completion with a B or higher of a general biology course, and a letter of recommendation from a recent high school teacher.

Program Dates: Monday to Friday, July 19 – 23, 2021

Program Cost: $400

Who can apply? Rising junior and seniors in high school

When can I apply? Applications open in March 2021

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