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STEM Summer Biology Institute

Palomar College's Stem Summer Institute for Biology. Image of faculty member working with students, outdoors, collecting bug specimens.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the STEM Summer 2020 Institutes.

What’s Happening?

Students enrolled in the STEM Summer Biology Institute will get experiences in both field and laboratory research through participation in a pollination study, aimed at better understanding the types, abundance and plant species preferences of different pollinators. Pollinators are key factor in global biodiversity and provide critical ecosystem services.

Participating students will:

  • learn field techniques used in biology.
  • laboratory techniques used in biology.
  • learn about constructing a testable hypothesis and designing an experiment.
  • learn how to collect and analyze field data.
  • learn how to identify pollinators using both taxonomic and genetic techniques.
  • get experience in literature review as they do background research of peer-reviewed journals.
  • write a scientific report communicating their findings.
  • learn about biodiversity and attempts to measure and monitor biodiversity, with a specific focus on the ecological importance of pollinators.

These skills will be beneficial for anyone pursuing a career in scientific research!

The Institute is June 22 – July 9, 2020, at Palomar College.

Research results collected from the Institute will be shared at a celebration on July 9, 2020.

More Details Coming Soon!

Questions? Email us! STEMprogram@palomar.edu

Supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program and the Innovation in Higher Education Grant