Hiram Genomics Academy

June 15-18, 2014 (Residential)

Age:  Rising juniors and seniors

Cost:  $300

The Hiram Genomics Academy is designed to engage the next generation of young biomedical scientists in cutting-edge research where they will learn molecular biology and genomics concepts and skills.  High school students will take part in research projects that will excite them about important biomedical questions waiting to be explored and encourage them to make research a part of their upcoming college training.

What is Genomics?

A gene is a segment of DNA that says "make a particular RNA and/or proteins at a particular time and place."  Over most of the past 50 years, scientists have studied genes and gene products one at a time.  While this approach has been highly successful, there are questions that are best addressed by looking at many or all the genes of an organism at the same time.  All the genes of an organism are known collectively as its genome, and the study of genomes is called genomics.

Hiram College will award a $1,000 scholarship to every high school student who attends a 2014 summer academy and enrolls as a full time student at Hiram College.  Renewable up to four years.  (Potential of $4,000 total in scholarship award.)

Who conducts the Hiram Genomics Academy?

Brad Goodner, Professor of Biology, the Edward J. Smerek Chair of Mathematics, the Sciences, and Technology, and the Director of the Center for Deciphering Life's Languages

Where is the Hiram Genomics Academy?

The Hiram Genomics Academy is a four-day, residential summer learning experience held on the Hiram College campus, located in Hiram, Ohio.  Hiram's campus is a 45-minute drive from Cleveland and Akron.  Participants will stay three nights in a residence hall.


The 2014 Hiram Genomics Academy is aimed at high school students who are rising juniors and seniors. Please submit one registration form and one payment per student.

+ Register & pay online

+ Pay OnlyIf you have already registered but have not paid, please click the Pay Only link to be directed to the payment screen. Please be aware that the first applicants to complete the registration process in its entirety and submit their full payment will be considered for acceptance.

Cost and Payment Arrangements

The total cost for the Hiram Genomics Academy is $300.  Meals, housing and all activities associated with the academy are covered in this price.  The online registration form is linked to two online payment options.  Payment arrangements include:

Online by Credit Card: Hiram College accepts American Express, Discover, and MasterCard.  When paying by credit card, please note that a 2.5% convenience fee will be included in the total amount charged.

Online by Electronic Check: There is no convenience fee when paying by E-check.

Other Requirements for Participation

Reference: On the registration form, students are asked to provide the name, title, telephone number and email address of a teacher or guidance counselor who is willing to serve as a reference on their behalf.  We assume that references are aware that students have used their names and that they may be contacted.

Register Early! Space is Limited!

The first applicants to complete the registration process in its entirety and submit their full payment will be considered for acceptance.  High school students who are rising juniors and seniors are welcome to register.  Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The deadline for registration is May 30, 2014 has been extended to June 8, 2014.   Interested students are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Notification of Acceptance

Once students have registered and paid in full, their registration materials will be reviewed by the faculty leading the academy.  As soon as a student has been approved, Lisa Schneider will send out an email notifying the student that he or she has been accepted to attend.

A week or so before the Hiram Genomics Academy, students will receive via email a link to materials for the academy including:

  • Hiram Genomics Academy Schedule
  • Emergency Medical Form (must be signed by your parent or guardian in order to participate)
  • Directions to Hiram College
  • Campus Map
  • List of Items to Bring with You

Refund Policy

Full payment must accompany registration to be considered for acceptance.  A full refund will be issued for those students not accepted into the academy.  Students who choose to withdraw at least three weeks prior to the first day of the academy will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds will be made after that date.


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