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The CampBioE 2020 summer program has been CANCELLED. Due to safety concerns and financial constraints related to COVID-19, we are sad to announce that we must cancel this year's summer session. We look forward to resuming activities next year! For those of you who have already registered, we'll be in touch soon. Stay safe and healthy!

2020 Camp Dates:

Middle School: July 6-10 (Students entering grades 6-8) 
High School: July 13-17 (Students entering grades 9-12) 
Middle / High School: July 20-24 
Middle / High School: July 27-31 

* This week of camp is specifically reserved for underrepresented/minority (URM) students (defined below) and economically disadvantaged families (annual household income <30K). Definitions by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health: The Higher Education Act defines the term “minority” as an American Indian, Alaskan Native, Black (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanic (including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central or South American origin), Pacific Islander, or other ethnic group underrepresented in science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.

Join the waitlist:

If registration is full for the week that you're interested in, you can join the waitlist here.

Requirements for free registration to the 2020 CampBioE program:

You are eligible to receive free registration to the camp if your household qualifies for the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program for Pennsylvania. The eligibility guidelines are based strictly on household income and can be found at https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/2013. We are no longer offering  free registration based on school district or minority status. This applies to all applicants in each week of the camp (including the fourth week reserved for URM students). If you qualify for free registration, please indicate that on your application. You may be asked to provide proof at check-in on the first day of camp. Any questions may be addressed to Erin Schuetz (campbioe@pitt.edu).

2020 Camp Location:

The 2020 program will be held at the University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center in Homewood.

622 N Homewood Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Camp Description:

06Middle and high school students can participate in a one-week summer camp like no other – one that submerses them in bioengineering and regenerative medicine, a field that utilizes aspects of the natural world – such as the mechanisms starfish use to repair injured arms and reptiles use to heal injured tails - to explore how these traits can be translated to human medicine and treatment. The camp is designed to not only expose students to science, but to show them that STEM can be fun, exciting and something that they could pursue as a career.

Camp Leadership and Counselors:

03 CampBioE is led by a cohort of experienced STEM education professionals as well as several Pitt bioengineering undergraduate students who act as camp counselors for the week. For two months prior to camp, Pitt faculty help the counselors design and develop learning modules that engage the campers. In addition, the undergraduates participate in further discussion and exploration by sharing their experiences as college students, including the path they took to get where they are today.

Hands-On Experience:

05Campers will gain hands-on experience through several experiments designed by the counselors to engage the students in different aspects of science and engineering. During the week, each counselor gives a brief presentation and guide describing their experiment then the students work as a team to complete and test the module. Examples of past modules include chicken skin graphing, suturing a pig’s heart, programming an Arduino board to create a mini-catapult, and creating a bone scaffold.

Diversity Initiative:

CampBioE is a champion of diversity in the fields of science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine. We are proud that we have been able to achieve approximately equal participation in terms of gender over the years. Yet, we still face challenges related to the participation of students from ethnically and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds. Please inquire about opportunities for underrepresented/minority (URM) students (defined below) and economically disadvantaged families (annual household income <30K) by contacting (campbioe@pitt.edu). Note that we offer a week of camp that is specifically reserved for URM and economically disadvantaged students if that is of interest. All other weeks are open to all students.

CampBioE Leadership

Dr. Steven Abramowitch
Camp Director
Dr. Sanjeev Shroff
Department Chair, Bioengineering
Mark Krotec
Camp Master Educator
Dr. Juel Smith
Camp Mentoring and Education Specialist

2019 Senior Counselors

Patricia Donehue
Camp Manager
Emma Chen
Senior Counselor
Dana Kelly
Senior Counselor
Oreoluwa Odeniyi
Senior Counselor
Samil Paul
Senior Counselor
Grace Varughese
Senior Counselor


Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
 *Lunch is provided
**Before and after care is not available

Registration (Opens February 17, 2020):

Register by June 1, 2020: $440
Register after June 1, 2020: $490
Covers use of experimental materials, lunch, and prizes.
Registration covers less than half of the actual cost per camper. We are very grateful to our sponsors who allow us to bring these camps to you every year at a significantly reduced rate. If you wish to donate to our camps you may do so via contacting Erin Schuetz (campbioe@pitt.edu).

Extended care is not offered with this camp


Bioengineering Summer Camp

Center for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (CNBIO)
300 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Contact Erin Schuetz (campbioe@pitt.edu)
Program Manager

If you would like to make a contribution to CampBioE or become a sponsor, please contact Glenn Peterson (glennp@pitt.edu)

For more information on the day-to-day activities of the camp, please see our facebook page: www.facebook.com/CampBioE/