Scientific Discovery Program


Online Learning Schedule (Mondays, 6:15-7:30 pm CST)

Date Theme
July 11 Welcome + Foundations of Scientific Inquiry with Professor Jane Maienschein
July 18 The Future of the Human (Philosophy) with Professor Dan Brudney
July 25 Engineering Pharmaceutical Biotech with Professor Cathryn Nagler
August 1 Applied Science Presentations
August 8      Leveraging Genetic Engineering to Combat World Hunger with Professor Chuan He
August 15 Artificial Intelligence with Rebecca Willet
August 22 Climate Change and Global Water Supply with Professor Junhong Chen
August 29 Lab Preparedness and MBL Overview with Linda Hyman, MBL
September 5 No class
September 12     Ethics of Genetic Engineering with Professor Laurie Zoloth


On-Site Learning Schedule (Full-time)


Welcome reception

Keynote: Dave Remsen, "What's So Special about Woods Hole?"

CRISPR Day 1: Genetics

Lab work: Microinjection practice

Tour the MBL / WHOI Rare Book Collection

Welcome dinner with featured speaker

CRISPR Day 2: Inject Guide RNAs

Gene editing history and context

Lab work: Zebrafish mutations

Gemma boat trip for sample collection to Vineyard Sound

CRISPR Day 3: Genetics

Lab work: Documentation and imaging, DNA staining

Tour the Marine Resource Center with guest speaker

Dinner with Scientists and Human Nature screening


Coral Reefs and Climate Change

Digital explorations

Suggested afternoon activities

Microscopy Day 1

Lab work: Imaging and staining techniques

Create your own biological art

Keynote: Lisa Abbo, “Aquatic Invertebrates and Human Health”

Dinner at historic restaurant

Microscopy Day 2

Lab work: Documentation and classification

Tour the central microscopy facility

Keynote: Abhishek Kumar, “How AI is Applied to Imaging Analyses”