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Due to the Covid19 Pandemic we are unable to conduct a two-week in-person laboratory-based WISE programs at the Waksman Institute as planned.  We plan to substitute both of these programs with a one-week online program.     

The Virtual Waksman Institute Summer Experience (vWISE) is a one week Programs that engages high school students in an authentic research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics. It focuses on the  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.  Note: No laboratory experiments will be performed in this program.  

This is an intense 1 week experience.  vWISE programs are offered at the Waksman Institute, Rutgers University.  vWISE-June will be 6/22/20-6/26/20 (9:00 AM-5:00 PM) and vWISE-August will be 7/27/20-7/31/20 (9:00 AM-5:00 PM).  

High school students who were accepted in to the WISE Program will:

  • participate in on-line seminars conducted by Rutgers faculty.
  • analyze gene sequences from these DNA fragments using the same bioinformatic tools used by practicing scientists worldwide.
  • submit their vetted DNA sequence analyses for publication on GenBank, the international repository of DNA sequences, that is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Education (NCBI).

Each sequence that is published in the GenBank database acknowledged the student by name. For example, see List of 2016 WISE publications,  List of 2017 WISE publications or List of 2018 WISE publications.

Program fee:

  • The total non-refundable fee for either 1 week Virtual WISE program is $300.00. This fee covers costs for seminars, DNA sequences and on-line review of students' work.
  • The application for the 2020 Virtual WISE Program is here.