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Office of Science Outreach

Microbiology High School Summer Workshop

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Are you curious how scientists identify bacteria that cannot be seen by the naked eye? Ever wonder why beaches close in the summer due to high bacteria levels and how this is decided? Curious about the microbes that are present in your food? Do you just want a better understanding of the living world we cannot see? Are you interested in a career in the health fields? Is a college course in microbiology in your future?



If you said yes to any of these questions, Microbiology High School Summer Workshop is perfect for you. As a primer for college level microbiology courses, we will discuss what makes microbial life unique and get hands-on experience collecting, culturing, and identifying bacteria from the environment and the lab. Participants will work in Edgewood College’s state of the art microbiology laboratory and practice aseptic technique, work with high power, compound microscopes, genetically manipulate bacteria and practice the techniques that are used in labs and hospitals to identify the microbes that live in and around us.

Student doing an experiment

Over years of preparing thousands of students for careers in health fields and research labs we find that most are well prepared for their introductory classes in general biology and chemistry, but that microbiology presents a particular challenge, in part due to the fact that most high schools are not equipped to give students introductory experiences that help them to feel immediately comfortable in that class and be able to hit the ground running. That is why we have developed this summer workshop; to give students a leg-up in this important area of study.


Register Here!

Space is limited to 16 participants so register early. This workshop is presented by Jon Edmonson, a college microbiology instructor, through Edgewood’s Office of Science Outreach.


Any student who successfully completed Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 by the beginning of camp


June 12 to June 23, 2017, 9:00am - 12:00pm


Microbiology laboratory at Edgewood College- 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, WI 


$300.00 includes all materials and laboratory supplies

Medical Forms (PDF)

Completed medical forms must be submitted with your registration. A space will not be reserved in the camp until the medical form has been submitted. If you or your child has medical or other needs that will require special consideration or accommodations, please contact the camp director in advance so that we are sure to provide a safe and respectful environment.

Feel free to contact the Edgewood Office of Science Director Amy Schiebel at or (608) 663-3414 with any questions.

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