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Pollen Power - a week-long day camp at the Institute for Genomic Biology


Pollen Power! A week long day camp for girls who are interested in the biological sciences.

Hosted by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology on the University of Illinois campus, the camp will provide an opportunity for girls to study plant responses to climate change in the distant past and the coming century. Research groups of 5 to 10 campers led by female graduate students will use million-dollar microscopes to image pollen, giving the campers first-hand experience in a research environment with female mentors. The camp is designed for girls who are entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the Fall 2016, and who have an interest in plants and the environment.

June 27th through July 1st, 2016

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Dropoff is from 8:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.

Pickup is from 5:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.

(Lunch and snacks will be provided)

Learn about the wonders and power of pollen!

  • Investigate pollen as a time capsule that can tell us about the climate from millions of years ago
  • Use hi-tech microscopes to identify ancient pollen and watch pollen germinate in real-time!
  • Tour state-of-the-art research labs and facilities on campus


The cost per camper is $350. Scholarships are available, see our registration page for more info.

Pollen Power Camp is funded in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IOS-1238030, “Genetic and Genomic Approaches to Understand and Improve Maize Responses to Ozone” and by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.