Disease Control: Biotechnology Versus Microbes
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Brown Pre-College Location-based Programs are immersive and rigorous academic experiences with selected course content and learning locations designed to prepare students for the increasingly complex challenges of the 21st century.
Are you up for the challenge to fight emerging drug-resistant infections alongside the world's leading researchers? How do microbial infections infiltrate and destroy the human body? Find out how with hands-on laboratory experiments and site visits to the Center for Disease Control.
Brown has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control to offer students a unique one-week opportunity to study infectious diseases alongside some of the world's top researchers. When not conducting hands-on experiments at CDC labs, students will study and stay at Atlanta's Agnes Scott College.
Medicine is losing the fight against emerging infectious diseases. The microorganisms that cause infections can out-maneuver and genetically transform to combat our best medicines to date.
In "Disease Control: Biotechnology versus Microbes," students will learn:
All students in this program enroll one course:
Disease Control: Biotechnology versus Microbes (CRN: 10904)
The microorganisms that infect us can out maneuver and genetically mutate to negate our best medicines. In this course, students will learn the microbiology behind the most fatal infections facing society today, and the steps scientists are taking to intercept massive contagious catastrophes. We will explore how past pathogens can develop into completely new diseases. We will tackle how viruses like Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and Human Papilloma virus (HPV) induce life-threatening cancers years after symptoms disappear.
One Week Session July 8-14, 2018
Eligibility: For students completing grades 10-12, ages 16-18 by June 2018
An introductory biology or anatomy course advantageous to students, but not required.
Students reside, eat and have some of their class time at Agnes Scott College. Students are assigned to double rooms that are fitted with bed and bathroom linens.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the dining hall at the student's residence. Residential and classroom spaces all come with secure Wi-Fi access.
The On-Site Director and Residential Advisors reside in residence hall with students, providing a safe atmosphere that supports student success by emphasizing community building and individual responsibility.
Your Program fee includes:
Not included in Program Fee:
Location-based programs are academically rigorous. Given the intensity of the program, there is minimal free time.
Dr. Lauren Quattrochi is a neuropharmacologist and virology enthusiast who advises the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on how best to design, build, and explore new ways to ignite orphan vaccine research in areas of national need. Much of her daily work centralizes around educating government officials on breakthrough genetic technology and medical countermeasures, as well as possible applications relevant to national biosecurity and biodefense, whether naturally-occuring, accidental or intentionally designed. Her passion for elucidating pathogen mechanisms, novel medicines and disease research pushes her to continue developing new and creative curriculum in the sciences.
Trudi Ellerman is the Director of Museum Education for the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, at the Centers for Disease Control. She has extensive experience at both CDC, and in informal and public education. From 2003-2012 Trudi worked as the Educator, then Director of Museum Education for the CDC Museum. During this time Trudi created and implemented the CDC Disease Detective Camp, CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp, The CDC Docent program and initiated a grade 9-12 public health education partnership with Atlanta’s The Walker School. Trudi also contributes to the education of the 55,000 yearly visitors to the CDC Museum by guiding tours, training docents, and offering educational programming.
Prospective students must apply for admission. When evaluating applications, the Admissions Review Committee looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, social maturity, self-motivation and a readiness for participation in an independent academic environment.
Applicants will be notified by email to log into their Student Portal to view their admission decision once it has been made.
May 2018 Update: Our admissions team carefully reviews each application submitted. Due to the high volume of applications and selectivity of our programs, admissions decisions will be made within fifteen business days of receipt of a complete application.
Accepted students must confirm their attendance by submitting a $300 non-refundable program deposit. Students attending more than one program must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit for each program. Students will not be able to enroll in courses until a program deposit is received.
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