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Biochemistry Blast for High School Students: Molecular Biology of Viral Disease

Make friends this summer and get a jump start on college!

In this new program, you'll explore the exciting field of biomedical science and receive a head start with college prep!

Fighting Viral Diseases and Saving Lives!

In this new and exciting program for high school students, you'll examine how viruses work and how the human body responds to infection.

Specifically, you'll learn how to:

  • Identify the different types of viruses that can infect humans
  • Explain how viruses enter cells
  • Describe ways that the cells and body respond to viral infection
  • Estimate the mutation rates of viruses
  • Illustrate how viruses evolve over time

Career Exploration

What makes this course unique is your direct access to OSU instructor and advisor Kate Shay, which means you'll get an inside peek into these science careers along with personal guidance and direction.

And you'll be able to put this course on your college application!

Course Overview

How the class works: Each day, you'll come to our Canvas site and engage with the information and with other learners. Then, you'll work on a game or small project, either solo or with a partner/team. The content will be available at your convenience, and your instructor will be online throughout the day to give feedback and answer any questions. The timing is up to you.

Time commitment: You'll spend about an hour each day learning and responding to the content. The time you spend on your activities or mini-projects varies, but estimate between 30 and 90 additional minutes. 

College prep: Not only is the course content useful for college preparation, but you’ll also find advice and resources in this course to get you started thinking about your college application process. We are proud to offer this outreach!

Getting a Head Start

With the current health crisis, this online Summer program has been designed to help you learn and explore projects related to:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Virus
  • Covid-19
  • Disease
  • Cells
  • Medicine

If you’re interested in a possible career in science/medicine this course is for you!

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Kate Shay

Kate Shay, Ph.D. is an Instructor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University, where she teaches Scientific Theory and Practice and is an Academic Advisor, preparing college student for their future careers.

Dr. Shay has also worked as Medical Librarian, a Patient Companion, and a Research Scientist studying Cancer and Aging. She is passionate about outreach and wants to give all young people the opportunity to engage with advanced scientific material by meeting them at whatever level of knowledge they currently possess.

She says, “My goal for students in my classroom is to cultivate a deep, personal interest in lifelong learning in the molecular biosciences for the good of self, community, and the world.”

Past Students' Work

Take a look at some recent projects our students have created.