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June 7-11 (Online registration closes June 3. Call 303-492-7188 to register after this date.)
9am-12pm
$360
Drop-Off Location: Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building 

This one-week class is perfect for students interested in all things virology. Students will learn the basic tenets of virology, with a special focus on viral replication and evolution. Expert presentations will expose students to the many ways researchers study viruses in the lab, including cutting-edge fluorescence microscopy and bioinformatic techniques. Through guided and interactive exercises, students will gain experience analyzing microscopy images, designing experiments, and interpreting results. The class will culminate with student presentations about the family of viruses they study in their mock research labs. What is known about the viruses, and what remains to be discovered? Which experiments could answer their questions, and how would they analyze the results? These experiences will help students craft scientific arguments using experimental results and well-founded logic.


Masks are required to be worn for all in-person programs. All participants will receive a short health screening and a thermal temperature check upon arrival to the check-in area for each class gathering. 

What to Bring: Because this is an in-person class, participants are required to bring the following to each class: 

  • Backpack for carrying their personal items and any class materials they will be taking home. Note: In order to limit individual interactions, all participants will be required to keep their items together.
  • A mask appropriately sized to cover the child's nose and mouth and any additional Personal Protective Equipment the child will be utilizing. Note: Wearing of masks will be required for all participants. 
  • Filled water bottle.
  • 1-2 snacks, depending on the child's needs. 
  • All programs spend a portion of each day outside. Please send your child with clothing appropriate for the weather (jacket, sweatshirt and/or rain jacket.).

Grade Policy: Careful consideration is used to determine grade levels for all camps and classes. To provide the highest quality experience for all students, it is necessary to adhere to the specified grade range for this program.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy: Science Discovery has designed its cancellation policy to minimize the number of program spots that are unused due to last-minute cancellations. Cancellations made more than 15 business days prior to the start of the program will incur a $35 administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 15 business days of the start of the program. In the event that a program is cancelled by Science Discovery, registrants will receive a full refund. Transfer requests made up to 15 days prior to the start of a program will incur a $15 administrative fee. Transfer requests made within 15 business days will incur a $35 administrative fee.