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Manhattan Pre-College Pre Med & Biochemistry Camp

This is an immersive experience designed for students Image of student participating in biochemistry summer program at Manhattan Collegeseeking to be familiarized with the interdisciplinary topics of biology and chemistry that are not typically introduced until the college level.

The Camp is designed to serve students in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade of high school. It is held on the Manhattan College campus, conveniently located in New York City.

Participants in this summer program will have complete access to Manhattan College, including our classrooms, labs, and library.  

The Camp'sImage of student participating in biochemistry summer program at Manhattan College program has been carefully designed to introduce and engage students to the exciting and powerful expansions at the boundaries of scientific exploration, particularly in DNA-based technologies. Full details of the program and activities will be found below on this page.

The Camp runs daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Monday, July 8, through until Thursday, July 11, 2024.

Click this link to join one of our upcoming information sessions to learn more.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How much does the Camp cost?

    Check our tuition fees below. If you plan to live on campus, review our residential add-on option below.

    Does the Camp offer financial aid?

    Our camp offers several options to support parents with their financial situations. Please get in touch with us to discuss your financial case.

    Where is the Camp located?

    We are located in Riverdale, west of Van Cortlandt Park. Our Camp is conveniently located one and a half blocks from the NYC subway (#1 train at 242nd Street) and close to several major highways. All children will stay on campus.

    Can we visit the Camp before signing up?

    We are not running in-person camp visits. Please join our virtual meetings to learn more about our Camp.

    What is security and safety like at the Camp?

    Security and safety are our top priorities in Camp. Our camp faculty will accompany participants at all times times.

    What should participants wear to the Camp?

    Campers should wear comfortable shoes. Sneakers are highly recommended—no flip-flops or Crocs.

    Who makes up the camp staff?

    Our camp staff comprises professionals with experience in education, Manhattan College faculty, and Manhattan College students may also support daily activities.

    Does the camp offer field trips?

    All the activities and classes will be on campus and in our Manhattan College labs.

    Can I cancel my child’s registration?

    The registration fee is non-refundable. If you have paid for Camp and, for some reason, you decide not to continue coming, please email us at, and we can discuss your situation.

    Does the Camp provide lunch and snacks?

    Unless the participant is registered to our add-on residential option living on campus, we do not provide lunch or snacks to participants.

    Do you provide housing?

    Yes, we do. We provide a residential add-on optio, which includes on-campus housing, three meals at our cafeterias, and fun extracurricular activities.

Activity Descriptions:

Using a green fluorescent protein (GFP) expression system in E. coli as our teaching model, we have created an outreach program designed to expose students to the basics of DNA structure and function, as well as the concept of the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology.

Our program includes hands-on laboratory activities such as DNA isolation from bacterial cells, bacterial DNA transformations, gene expression and regulation, codon translation, and protein purification. Students also work with blue and yellow fluorescent protein (BFP and YFP respectively), providing insights into how genetic mutations lead to differences in protein sequence and functional properties.

Through practical work in the lab, students gain a hands-on understanding of the basis of life and how DNA serves as the underlying source of all biological information. These students gain biochemical insight and perceive how scientists work with genetic materials in the field.

Program Dates in 2024

Monday, July 8 - Thursday, July 11, 202410 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Faculty: Dr. Bryan Wilkins


Participants provide their lunch unless they are registered to the residential add-on option.

Tuition Fees

Tuition: $1,200

Registration fee: $100 non-refundable registration fee; this fee must be paid when registration is submitted.


  • Certificate of completion
  • Classes
  • Class materials
  • Manhattan College gift

Residential Add-On

If you plan to stay at our dorms, have full meals at our cafeterias, visit iconic NYC places, and have a campus experience, check out our weekly residential add-on here.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help you every step of the way. Email us at