o Dec 7, 2019 – United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck:  Workshop 1 (Bio-Rad GMO Investigator, DNA Fingerprinting)
o  June 19, 2019 – Minot State University -  Workshop 2 (Bio-Rad Biofuels, pGlo Bacterial Transformation, ELISA)
o  June 21, 2019 – Dickinson State University - Workshop 2 (Bio-Rad Biofuels, pGlo Bacterial Transformation, ELISA)
o   April 13, 2019 – Minot State University:  Workshop 1 (Bio-Rad GMO Investigator, DNA Fingerprinting)
o   March 30, 2019 – Dickinson State University: Workshop 1 (Bio-Rad GMO Investigator, DNA Fingerprinting)
o   March 2, 2019 – Mayville State University: Workshop 2
o   November 3, 2018 - Turtle Mountain Community College: Workshop 1
o   September 29, 2018 – Mayville State University: Workshop 1
o   July 12, 2018 – University of North Dakota: Workshop 2
o   November 18, 2017 – University of North Dakota: Workshop 1
  • Training for high school and middle school science teacher. Content relevant to AP and and general courses.
  • Learn new laboratory exercises covering topics relevant to the AP Biology curriculum and adaptable to general science classes
  • No cost to attend; participants receive a stipend and/or professional development credits
  • After completion, teachers have access to borrow equipment (PCR thermal cycler, electrophoresis chambers, etc.) to perform labs in their classrooms
Biotechnology/AP Prep Teacher Workshops
  • Past workshops

Workshop 1: Hands-on training with Bio-Rad GMO investigator and Forensic DNA Fingerprinting Kits (Sample flyer)
  • Extraction of DNA from food samples
  • Restriction digestion of DNA
  • Setting up PCR reactions
  • Agarose gel electrophoresis  

Workshop 2 : Hands-on training with the Bio-Rad Biofuels, pGlo Transformation, and ELISA Immuno Explorer Kits (Sample flyer)
  • Use cellobiase activity of mushroom extracts to explore biofuels
  • Determine optimal conditions to increase enzymatic reaction rate
  • Observe bacterial transformation
  • Perform protein purification
  • Use ELISA to track disease outbreak 
  • Open to rising 10th-12th graders, this week-long camp exposes participants to basic lab techniques commonly used in modern forensics, medicine and biology.
  • Hands-on performance of molecular biology techniques
  • Brief classroom learning sessions
  • Lab demos and tours at UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • This summer you will:

  • Learn about each of the components of the camp.
  • Work alongside students learning the different BioRad kits we use in the camp.
  • Work alongside the teachers to learn how to prep the kits.
  • Discuss components of the camp that might need to be modified for your camp next summer.

  • Next summer:
  • Hold a Molecular Biology Boot Camp at your school/region with support and supplies from UND.
Register here to let us know you are interested. Grab a colleague and join us. We look forward to working with you and making this available to more North Dakota high school students!
North Dakota Science Teachers are invited to join us this summer for a one-week Molecular Biology Boot Camp for high school students at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences June 19-23, 2023.

Funded by the NIH North Dakota INBRE grant, this camp has been held at UND for several years. As a non-residential camp, it has been limited to students within driving distance.  In future summers, we hope to offer this summer camp in locations across the state.  This year we are recruiting teachers to join us at UND, with the plan that they would offer this in their region in subsequent summers. Both this summer and future camps will be paid and supported.
This year, as a participating teacher, you will receive a $1200 stipend for the week.  For those from out of the area, a hotel stay, mileage and per diem will be covered.
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