Summer Camps

Summer camps

The DNA Learning Center is pleased to offer our fifth year of summer camp programming for 2019! We offer residential camps, allowing students to live in Notre Dame dorms throughout the week, as well as day camps for local students, and two-day workshops for younger students.  We also have added a half-day workshop for high school students!

Residential Camps - $1360

This is a one-week long camp from Sunday at 4pm - Friday at 1pm. This overnight camp allows students to experience dorm life in one of the residential dorms on the University of Notre Dame campus (double occupancy with gender-matched roommate). A typical day will include meals at the South Dining Hall and the chance to participate in many activities throughout campus. Students will be supervised at all times by current Notre Dame students serving as camp counselors throughout the week! Tuition includes housing, all meals, lab supplies, and a keepsake t-shirt.


Day Camps – $635

This is a one-week camp from Monday – Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm (Friday will end at 1pm). This is a popular camp for local students who have evening commitments! Tuition includes daily lunch, all lab supplies, and a keepsake t-shirt.

Both residential and day camps include numerous experiments for the students including genotyping of themselves for interesting traits (such as a specific taste receptor and muscle twitchy-ness), genetically testing food to see if it was genetically modified (GMO), plus many more! All experiments will be explained at the level of the students by a Notre Dame Faculty member and assisted by our camp counselors who are all current Notre Dame students with educational backgrounds in science.

DNA Workshop - $65

The 2 day beginner workshop is for students who will be entering 6th and 7th grade in the 2019/2020 academic year.  Camp takes place over two days. This workshop contains an introduction to lab experiments.  They will learn how to isolate and actually see their own DNA, plus more!  Tuition includes all lab supplies and a keepsake t-shirt.


Human Genetics High School Workshop - $65

The Human Genetics High School Workshop is for all high school students.  This will be an advanced workshop focused on experiments with their own DNA. Skills learned will include electrophoresis, PCR, DNA extraction, and more.  Tuition includes, all lab supplies, and a keepsake t-shirt.



All camps take place at the DNA Learning Center Lab located in the Jordan Hall of Science on the Campus of the University of Notre Dame.  Residential camps are limited to 24 participants, the day camp is limited to 32 participants, and each workshop offered will be limited to 32 participants.



2019 Camp dates



June 23 - 28 (completed 7th or 8th grade)

July 14 – July 19 (completed 7th or 8th grade) 

July 21 - July 26 (completed 9th or higher) 



July 8 – July 12 


DNA Workshop

June 20 - 21 (1:30 pm - 3:30pm) 

July 1 - 2  (9:30am-11:30am) 


High School Workshop

July 2 (1:00pm-5:00pm) 



Registration will close 2 weeks before the camp begins or when spots are no longer available. Registration is no longer available for the 2019 summer programs. Please email us if you would like to be added to the mailing list about 2020 summer programs, when it becomes available.


For more information please contact the DNA Center Administrator at 574-631-1506 or email