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Find solutions for a better world at the NSLC on Biotechnology.

A career in biotechnology can take you to university laboratories, small technology start-ups or some of the biggest pharmaceutical or energy companies in the world. At the NSLC on Biotechnology, you will go behind-the-scenes at some of our country’s most advanced research labs and discover what it takes to have a successful career on the cutting-edge of science and technology.

Program Highlights

Visit research labs
Learn from scientists, doctors and engineers working in advanced research labs during exclusive hands-on tours.

Hands-on experiments
Learn the basics of DNA manipulation during intensive biotech experiments.

Explore cutting-edge technologies
used in the fields of medicine, energy production, agriculture, and bioengineering.

Explore cutting-edge technologies

Hands-on Simulations

While at the NSLC, you will have the opportunity to step into the lab and learn hands-on the skills used in the field of biotechnology to manipulate DNA and create products like better medicines and cleaner fuels.

Lab experiences will include:

  • Cut DNA with restriction enzymes
  • Ligate or paste DNA fragments back together
  • Run agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Use the Nobel Prize-winning PCR technique
  • Experiment with ELISA and Flow

Meet Biotechnology Professionals

While at the NSLC on Biotechnology program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the biotechnology field. In past years, guest speakers have included:

Dr. Francis S. Collins
Director, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Ben Busby
Computational Biology Branch, National Center for Biotechnology Information

Dr. Eric D. Green
Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH)

Dean Stephen Carr
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Engineering, Northwestern University

Dr. Jon R. Lorsch
Director, National Insitute of General Medical Sciences

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH)

Experience the biotech industry first-hand

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC’s Biotechnology youth leadership program is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of Biotechnology:

  • Northwestern University Prosthetics & Orthotics Center
  • Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology
  • Abbvie Pharmaceuticals
  • Illinois Science & Technology Park
  • Magnificent Mile
  • Navy Pier
  • Joint BioEnergy Institute
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • J. David Gladstone Institutes at University of California, San Francisco
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Ghiradelli Square
  • Pier 39
  • J. Craig Venter Institute
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • MedImmune
  • QIAGEN
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • Historic D.C. Monuments at Night
  • Historic Georgetown
  • Capitol Hill

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. From the beginning of your program you will learn to work as a team during an exciting Ropes Challenge Course. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Biotechnology program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Public Speaking
  • Ethical Decision-Making

Your NSLC tuition is all-inclusive. Your tuition covers course materials, housing, on-campus meals, social events and transportation throughout your program.

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