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Bethel College Summer Science Institute

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an IBP member program

Academic Level:
High School Students

You are invited to the Bethel College Summer Science Institute (BCSSI) for the upcoming summer. This institute was held annually on our campus for 20 years and was moved online in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing advantages with both in-person and online events, we are offering in-person and online versions of BCSSI this year. These versions are described in detail on our website.

Whether in person or online, the institute offers opportunities to participate in research investigations in several fields of science and mathematics. You will be able to study fascinating and challenging topics that high school courses typically do not cover. The institute will focus on learning how to do research through close interaction with faculty - collecting data, testing hypotheses, using statistical software, writing code, etc. Readings will provide background for laboratory and field study.

Two Bethel professors recently published an article describing the experience and benefits of the Summer Science Institute. In addition, several articles have been jointly published (or are in process) by faculty members and students of the online institute.

For the in-person event, each student will be involved in two of the research areas listed below, with assignments based upon the preferences indicated by students on their registration form. Twelve to fifteen students can be accommodated in each area. Thus, early registration is desirable to ensure being able to enroll in the preferred areas.

Students in all areas will come together for some sessions. Activities in these joint sessions will help you learn more about the nature of science and particularly about the areas of science featured in the Institute.

We plan to offer the following research areas:


-Nutritional Chemistry - led by Kathryn Layman, Ph.D. (Professor of Chemistry and Physics, Bethel College).

-Exploring Nature - led by Jean Woods, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Biology, Bethel College).

-Psychology of Film - led by Navant Peacock, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychology, Bethel College)


-Probability: Know Your Odds - led by Paul Regier, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma; Bethel alumnus)

-Protein Biochemistry - led by Will Wiebe-Friesen, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Chemistry, Bethel College)

-Molecular Genetics Methods - led by Francisca Mendez-Harclerode, Ph.D. (Professor of Biology, Bethel College)

More information about the groups is listed on the application. The groups will also involve Bethel science and mathematics students who will serve as assistants.

For information about this year's online institute, please visit our website!
accepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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Bethel College (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Computational Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences
STEM Fields

Analytical Chemistry
Chemical Biology
Cognitive Psychology
Image Processing
Mathematical Techniques
Molecular Genetics
Physical Sciences
Probability Theory
Social Psychology

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Page last updated 4/19/2024
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