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WISE (Waksman Institute Summer Experience)

Rutgers Waksman Institute

The WISE program is a two week summer program for high school students interested in investigating an authentic research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics.

Program Requirements

1) Only online applications will be accepted.

2) Students are expected to attend and participate fully each day of the 10-day session.

3) Full payment of the total non-refundable fee should be received prior to the start of the summer program.

4) Students should have completed a high school biology course.

5) College credit for participating in WISE is not available.

6) Housing and transportation are not available.

7) This opportunity is limited to only 36 students.
Enrollment Criteria:
Students who meet particular program criteria can apply to this program but must be approved/accepted to participate.
Program Fee:
Yes - $1,500.00 (one-time)
New Jersey


The Waksman Institute Summer Experience (WISE) is a two week program that engages high school students in an authentic research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics. It focuses on the isolation, characterization, and DNA sequence analyses of genes from the duckweed Landoltia punctata, and how these compare to those found in other species. Duckweed is a fresh-water aquatic plant that is of interest to the scientific community.

This is an intense 10 day experience.  WISE programs are offered at the Waksman Institute, Rutgers University.

High school students who were accepted in to the WISE Program will:
-Attend seminars conducted by Rutgers faculty.
-Work in a college laboratory with instruction from researchers.
-Isolate unique fragments of DNA by conducting laboratory experiments including plasmid DNA purification, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), restriction digests, and gel electrophoresis.
analyze gene sequences from these DNA fragments using the same bioinformatic tools used by practicing scientists worldwide.
-Submit their vetted DNA sequence analyses for publication on GenBank, the international repository of DNA sequences, that is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Education (NCBI).

The total non-refundable fee for the 2 week WISE program is $1,500.00. This fee covers costs for seminar and laboratory instruction; copies of the seminar and laboratory manuals; all laboratory reagents and supplies; and use of the computer laboratory during the program.

Additional information can be found here


Rutgers Waksman Institute 190 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone Number:
(848) 445-2038
Affiliated Campuses:
New Brunswick/Piscataway

Who This Program is Best Suited For

Grade Level:
High School Sophomores
High School Juniors
High School Seniors
Academic Enrichment/Challenge
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