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BioSTAR: Bioengineering Science, Technology And Research


Dates: July 14 - 22, 2022

Location: Science and Engineering Complex (SEC), 150 Western Ave, Allston MA  

Application: Closed 


The BioSTAR summer program is designed to introduce talented and self-motivated high school students to Bioengineering education at Harvard University. Students will learn bioengineering principles and techniques in a state-of-the-art research lab at the engineering campus in Allston. In addition to designing and performing research experiments, students will engage with Harvard faculty and researchers to gain an in-depth understanding of how bioengineering has an impact on human health.

Program Overview


Tuition is free for all admitted students. The program will run 9:30am - 4pm on Thursday and Friday (July 14 and 15), and Monday - Friday (July 18 - 22).  Housing and transportation to and from the SEC are not provided by Harvard University.  Students must be at least 16 years old to participate. Harvard University requires all participants to have received FDA- or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccinations and one booster.  Interested students can apply to the program using this link by May 20, 2022.  

Topics covered in the program include:

  • 3D culturing of mammalian cancer cells
  • Drug delivery techniques
  • Nanoparticle synthesis using microfluidics
  • Cell staining and visualization using fluorescence microscopy
  • Cell viability assay
  • Data collection and analysis

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