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Register for eCLOSE 2024 Summer Programs


Students in grades 6-12 will become biomedical researchers, conducting experiments to combat cancer and diabetes right in their own homes. Each eCLOSE camper will receive a research station in the mail that is theirs to keep, with instruction provided by eCLOSE experts via Zoom. The program focuses on uncovering the creativity and health-related viewpoints of the students themselves, and integrates them into a growing community of scientists focused on reducing the burden of disease through diet.

eCLOSE programs bring the lab to the learners! We ship all of the tools and materials needed for participants to set up their own @Home lab stations- and then the scientific journey begins!

eCLOSE Institute works with an amazing model organism: The Fruit Fly! Session participants will learn why this small insect is important in biomedical research and how it can be used to address questions about diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

CURE Students

Camp@Home programs will examine how diet impacts fruit fly development and analyze their very own data! Presentation Day is a highlight, where campers present their exciting results and conclusions to family friends and community at an end-of-week Zoom event.

eCLOSE Introduction to Research

Virtual Programs:

Participants will receive fully equipped lab kits in the mail and login to instruction each day via Zoom. Participants from all over the USA are welcome, providing an exciting opportunity to meet new scientists from other places and learn from their experiences. During the program, participants will learn important laboratory techniques, while strengthening problem-solving skills. Campers will work in collaborative break-out rooms and interact with scientist-science teacher instructors to learn more about how diets and foods affect the signals inside cells that cause disease like cancer and diabetes. The program uses The Fruit Fly, a model organism that has been explored for over a century to uncover the secrets inside cells that support healthy growth and development and combat disease. Included in this Lab@Home kit: micropipettors, digital balance, tube racks, USB microscope, beaker, graduated cylinder and all of the materials needed to complete the experiments.

**Participants will need to provide their own internet capable device for this program. All other materials will be supplied.

In-lab Programs:

Students with daily access to the lab in Glenside, PA (19095) will conduct experimentation in a professional research laboratory. Equipment and supplies will be provided, and students will work in collaborative teams to address how diet impacts fruit fly models of disease. Students who complete the entire program will receive a lab kit to take home for continued research opportunities.”

Session Offered

Intro. to Research

Monday, June 24—Friday, June 28, 2024


1) Virtual Hybrid Sessions for Nationwide Participants

2) In-Person Lab in Glenside, PA 19095

Sport and Nutrition Camp

Summer student scientists will be working with The Fruit Fly to examine the impact of nutrition on behavior and body chemistry as they relate to sports! Techniques and protocols will still be used to examine the effects that nutritional supplements have on fruit flies, and mini lectures will explore topics like calories and metabolic pathways that promote energy!


Jul 22, 2024 – Jul 26, 2024

eClose Insititute - Sport and Nurtrition Camp

Fly into Biochemistry / Fly into Behavior

The saying goes “You are what you eat!”. This virtual program will test that idea, advancing discovery from Intro to Research Camps to measure diet effects on macromolecules and overall behaviors. Participants will receive an exciting new Lab-in-a-Box at home, with instruction and collaboration with fellow growing scientists conducted via Zoom.

**Participants will need to provide their own internet capable device for this program. All other materials will be supplied.

Biochemistry: Have you wondered where biology and chemistry intersect? This is the lab@home for you! Participants will measure how diet treatments change macronutrients—like sugar—in the whole body. Your mission is to find diets that improve health—at least the health of a Fruit Fly! Included in the lab@home kit: Equipment, tubes and supplies needed to complete biochemistry experiments. Some materials and equipment from the previous two levels will also be utilized.

Behavior: Do you ever feel hyper after eating a pile of candy? What about a healthy salad? In this camp, we will explore how diet changes behavior and connect those changes to our biochemistry results for a deeper understanding of the effects of nutrients on the Fruit Fly’s response to different foods.

Bring your biggest ideas and curiosity! We can’t wait to see all that you discover.

Sessions Offered

Fly to Biochemistry

Monday, August 5—Friday, August 9, 2024


1) Virtual Hydrid Sessions for Nationwide Participants
2) In-Person Lab in Glenside, PA 19095

Fly into Behavior

Monday, August 5—Friday, August 9, 2024


1) Virtual Hydrid Sessions for Nationwide Participants
2) In-Person Lab in Glenside, PA 19095

Pocket Scope - Fruit Fly Larvae
Camp Lab Station
SHE Student at HomeLab

Undergraduate Bridge to Research (Train@Home)

Early research experiences promote success in STEM—in college and careers!  eCLOSE Undergraduate Bridge helps students excel as college STEM majors and prepares them for work in research labs at universities and companies. All research conducted during eCLOSE Undergraduate Bridge is original and celebrates the many cultures and backgrounds of participants to begin to uncover new approaches to prevent and treat diseases that affect students’ families and communities.

eCLOSE Train@Home immerses undergraduates in laboratory-based research, providing the technical and conceptual skills to attack these important questions head on.  As an eCLOSE Train@Home participant, you will conduct a genetic screen to identify nutrients or antiviral compounds that affect signals important for cancer, diabetes, or chronic pain.  Using the results of the screen, you will develop hypotheses for WHY the nutrient or drug has an effect and design an experimental plan for determining the answers.

Don’t panic—expert eCLOSE Train@Home instructors will be with you the whole way, guiding you through the decision tree and supporting your development as a research scientist!

eCLOSE Train@Home is particularly interested in YOUR ideas, including the dietary interventions used in your family for disease prevention or treatment and the diseases that matter most to you.  Projects will be conducted in collaboration with professional scientists, with the data you collect included in their ongoing cancer and disease research efforts.


11th and 12th graders and undergraduates


Bootcamp: June 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 4pm to 6pm in the eCLOSE Teaching Lab

Independent Projects: July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1 4pm-6pm (options to arrive early will be considered)

Presentation Day: August 8