Shoreline Community College's Biotechnology Lab opens its doors to high school students for week-long explorations of biotechnology and DNA sequencing!

At PROJECT BIOTECH, students will experience:

  • Hands-on lab and bioinformatics activities
  • Face time with scientists and exposure to potential careers
  • A glimpse of community college life
  • And more!

Join us for week-long experiences in Shoreline's state-of-the-art Biotechnology Lab!

PROJECT BIOTECH summer camps for high schoolers

2023 Summer Camps

PROJECT BIOTECH camps are back for Summer 2023! Applications open Wednesday, March 1, 2023! Learn about the camps below and then apply online using this application.

Biotechnology Essentials and Beyond

Camp 1: Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14, 2023 | 9:00am - 4:00pm


Camp 2: Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2023 | 9:00am - 4:00pm

Biotechnology is a diverse field that includes tools and techniques that are used in all fields of biology. This camp includes micropipetting; DNA purification, PCR and sequence analysis used to identify species (also called "DNA Barcoding"); making a genetically modified organism (GMO); and visits with scientists from the Puget Sound area. This camp is designed for rising freshman, rising sophomores, and campers of any age interested in basic biotechnology training. This camp also provides all of the training needed for subsequent camps.

Molecular biology and biotechnology skills development including:

  • Micropipetting
  • DNA Purification & DNA Sequencing
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • Career panel and discussions with scientists
  • Using computers to view macromolecules & analyzing DNA data for species identification and genetic testing

Biotechnology and Cancer: Causes, Cures, and Careers

Monday, August 7 - Friday, August 11, 2023 | 9:00am - 4:00pm

Campers will learn about cancer biology using a case studies of breast cancer patients to explore how Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISAs), Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), genetic testing (bioinformatics), and Fluorescent Cell Staining are used to diagnose cancer, determine the cause of a particular cancer, and develop targeted therapies to treat cancer. Campers will also learn about the cell cycle, tumor suppressor genes and oncogenes, how mutations in genes involved in DNA repair or cell division can cause cancer, and how antibodies are used as both diagnostic and therapeutic tools. This camp is designed for rising juniors and seniors, PROJECT BIOTECH camp alumni, or other students with more biotechnology experience.

Molecular biology and biotechnology skills development including:

  • Genetic mutations which can result in cancer
  • Bioinformatics relevant to cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Lab assays for DNA and protein analysis
  • Career panel and discussions with scientists


PROJECT BIOTECH will be held on Shoreline's campus in the Biotechnology Lab in Building 2900. See the campus map and get directions to the College


Each camp costs $450 per student. Snacks are provided daily and lunch is provided on Fridays.

A limited number of financial need-based scholarships are available. If cost is a prohibiting factor in your ability to attend this camp, please email Dr. Reitha Weeks (, PROJECT BIOTECH Camp Coordinator, for more information.


a group of students


Each camp can accept only 24 students so early registration is encouraged. Applications from current 8th through 11th graders will be reviewed immediately. 12th grade student applications will be reviewed after June 15th if there are camp openings available.

For more information, and to preview the types of questions on the application, please review the Pre-Application Worksheet.

Apply Online


What students are saying about PROJECT BIOTECH

My entire perspective of science was altered; I found myself able to actually imagine working in a lab, or in a STEM-related field.

2018 "Biotechnology & Cancer" Camper 

This camp helped open my mind to the different jobs that involve biotech. Everything was super fun, from the labs to the tours of biotech companies. I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in biology & biotech.

2018 "Biotechnology & Cancer" Camper 

I am amazed at the amount of knowledge that these campers have obtained over the course of just one week! My camper absolutely loved the program this week and every night shared with us all of the details of the day, highlighting what was learned.

Parent of 2018 "Biotechnology Essentials & Beyond" Camper 


Thank you to our 2022 partners who helped make this camp possible!

Bristol Myers Squibb - Seagen - AGC Biologics

School district partners

EdmondsEverett - Northshore - Shoreline - Seattle

A special thanks to:

Shoreline Community College Foundation

Town & Country Markets - Shoreline


For sponsorship information, please contact Dr. Reitha Weeks, Camp Program Coordinator, at


Thank you to our past donors and partners: 

The Norcliffe Foundation
ZymoGenetics, A Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Seattle Genetics * Novo Nordisk * CellGene
Juno Therapeutics
AGC Biologics

Aptevo Therapeutics * Pacific Northwest Research Institute
Alturas Analytics * Covance * NanoString Technologies * Seed Intellectual Property Law Group, LLP
SystImmune * Amgen Biotech Experience * Shoreline Central Market * Thermo Fisher Scientific


2022 Summer Camps Highlights

Our 2022 PROJECT BIOTECH summer camp season ended in August 2022. We held two camps:

  • Week 1: Biotechnology Essentials & Beyond
  • Week 2: Biotechnology & Cancer: Causes, Cures and Careers

Check out video highlights from our 2022 camps: