Liberty University hosting first-ever Summer Science Camp

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR)– Liberty University’s Department of Biology and Chemistry is hosting its first Summer Science Camp for incoming freshman and local high school students from June 24 to 28.

From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., campers will participate in two sessions where they can try various activities in science including EKGs to look at heart electrical activity, forensic science with fingerprinting and crime scene assessment, human cadaver dissection, organic chemistry and microbiology, and so much more. Sessions will be hands-on under the supervision of Liberty professors, undergrad, and graduate students.

“We have a variety of programs in the natural sciences … and we want to show them to the students before college,” Department Chair Dr. Ben Kalu said. “For high school students who are looking to go into this field, getting proper advising and counseling to point them in the right direction is something that is critical. We want to show them we have expert faculty in these many fields, we have outstanding programs, and we can offer students the opportunity to begin their careers. The department has quite a lot of state-of-the-art equipment throughout, as good as you’ll find pretty much around the world, so we want to show them that too.”

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The goal of the camp is to show students who come from families that do not have a college history that achieving a college education can be done and science is a fascinating field to pursue.

“Our dean, Dr. Heidi DiFrancesca, is passionate about giving opportunities to members of the community who would be first-generation college attendees, and we want to bridge that gap for those who just don’t know what college is like,” Kalu said. “We want to start that conversation with them and guide them along so they can see that it’s possible.”

Registration is open for the Summer Science Camp. For more information, email biologyandchemistry@liberty.edu or call (434) 582-2209.

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