2019 Gardner-Webb University Science Academy participants

Five-day summer camp

Monday, June 20 – Friday, June 24, 2022

Science Academy is an exciting five-day summer camp that equips students interested in science careers. The camp provides numerous hands-on activities in a university laboratory from a variety of scientific disciplines (molecular biology, human physiology, exercise science and forensic science), visits to numerous local science-related businesses (Rutherford Regional Medical Center, Cohesion Phenomics DNA lab and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Forensics Division) as well as interactions with various university departments (physician assistant, exercise science, university police, and admissions). Students interested in pursuing a degree or career in science are encouraged to apply to this camp. 

A Typical Day at the Academy

  • 9 a.m. – Announcements
  • Biotechnology activity (DNA gel electrophoresis, restriction enzymes, DNA fingerprinting…)
  • Forensics activity (fingerprint analysis, forensic entomology, footprint analysis, blood spatter analysis, and hair analysis)
  • Human Physiology activity (grip strength, muscle fatigue, vertical jump, and body composition)
  • Lunch
  • Guest speaker (campus police – breathalyzer test)
  • Tour with activities (Rutherford Regional Medical Center, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Forensics Division, & Cohesion Phenomics)
  • 3 p.m. – Closing


This camp costs approximately $400 per student, but due to a generous grant from the Stonecutter Foundation, students only pay $50.

Student Applications

  • Students who are entering 9-12 grade and live in the Rutherford County area
  • Students interested in any science career
  • Space is limited to only 16 students


Jay Zimmer, Biology Professor
Gardner-Webb University
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Jill Francis, Biology Teacher
Chase Highschool
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“It is an amazing experience for anyone who has interest in science. This program is incredibly educational and is a great opportunity to expand knowledge of the many possible careers in science.”
— Katie Beam 16'
“This camp gave me the opportunity to experience things that most other high school students are unable to. We were able to participate in activities that worked our minds and sparked our imagination.”
— Gabriella Day 16'
"The hands-on-activities were the most interesting science experiences I have ever had"
— Katelyn Sears 16'