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The 2016 Waksman Institute Summer Experience (WISE) is a program to engage high school students in an authentic research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics. It focuses on the isolation, characterization, and DNA sequence analyses of genes from the duckweed Landoltia punctata, and how these compare to those found in other species. Duckweed is a fresh-water aquatic plant that is of interest to the scientific community. A video of an overview of the research project can be found here

This intense 10 day experience will be held from Monday August 1, 2016 to Friday August 12, 2016, at the Waksman Institute, Rutgers University.  Students in the WISE for High School Students program will:

  • Attend seminars conducted by Rutgers faculty.
  • Work in a college laboratory with instruction from researchers.
  • Isolate unique fragments of DNA by conducting laboratory experiments including plasmid DNA purification, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), restriction digests, and gel electrophoresis.
  • Analyze gene sequences from these DNA fragments using the same bioinformatic tools used by practicing scientists worldwide.
  • Submit their DNA sequence analyses for publication on GenBank, the international repository of DNA sequences.

Each sequence that is published in the GenBank database will acknowledge the student by name.

Program fee:

  • The total non-refundable fee for the 2 week WISE program is $1,200.00. This fee covers costs for seminar and laboratory instruction; copies of the seminar and laboratory manuals; all laboratory reagents and supplies; and use of the computer laboratory during the program.
  • Half the fee ($600.00) is due within 2 weeks of acceptance into the program & remainder due on May 15, 2016.
  • Failure to submit the first half of the fee within 2 weeks of acceptance will result in forfeiture of acceptance in the WISE program.