Summer Science 2020

The Summer Science 2020 program has been canceled

We encourage you to visit the individual departments in Biological SciencesChemistry, and Physics to learn more about the degrees that we offer and our outstanding faculty.

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"I feel so much more relaxed about coming to college. I actually already have friends and study partners!"

Summer Science Workshop in a science lab.

Join future UB classmates and expert scientists for a hands-on introduction to your university level classes in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Register now for these specially designed prep workshops for first year UB students in science, engineering and pre-health majors. Learn and build upon the “survival skills” you need to successfully navigate the transition from high school science to university level classes. Get to know your professors, make friends and protect your STEM GPA during these educational programs that teach you the real story of what college level course-work is like at UB.

Who should attend?

• Are you a Biology, Physics or Chemistry Major?
• Are you an Engineering Major?
• Are you in Pre-Health or plan on a medical career?
• Do you just love Science?
• Want to better familiarize yourself with the UB campus?

About the Workshops

Students may choose a single workshop (Biology, Physics or Chemistry) or a combined workshop (Biology and Chemistry or Physics and Chemistry)

Biology: July 5-8, 2020

Evolutionary Biology (Prepares you for Bio 200)

Jessica Poulin, PhD

Learn and solidify your knowledge with hands-on lab projects in topics such as genetics, modern hereditary and experimental design. This real-time college level format provides you with an introduction to the Bio 200 course materials in order to begin UB with a solid foundation for this exciting and challenging college course.

Faculty Fact  – "I spend most of my spare time hiking, I am a certified SCUBA diver, and I make REALLY amazing pie crust!"


Physics: July 5-8, 2020

General Physics (Prepares you for Phy 101/102/107/108)

John Cerne, PhD

You will explore basic concepts and problem-solving strategies in introductory mechanics. We will cover vectors and accelerated motion and you will have the opportunity for hands-on experiments in the UB science lab where you will have your future classes.

Faculty Fact - “I am an avid radio-control (RC) aircraft pilot and use RC flying to teach secondary school students and teachers about physics and technology”

Chemistry: July 9-12, 2020

General Chemistry (Prepares you for Chem 101-108 including General Chemistry, Principles and Application and General Chemistry for Engineers)

Timothy Liwosz, PhD

You will come away from this hand-on college prep program with all the tools you needs for your upcoming Chemistry classes. Learn colleges level fundamental concepts of chemistry, such as dimensional analysis, phases of matter, chemical equations and stoichiometry.

Faculty Fact – “I initially was going to college to be an engineer and not a chemist.  A last-minute switch in majors led me to where I am today”

Tuition, Housing and Schedules

Tuition fees include registration for the academic program, lab fees, housing, linens and meals. Participants are required to stay in the residence hall on campus in an effort to promote study groups in the evening and encourage early friendships among their cohort.

Biology Workshop

July 5-8, 2020, $595

Physics Workshop

July 5-8, 2020, $595

Chemistry Workshop

July 9-12, 2020, $595

Biology and Chemistry Workshop

Combined workshop July 5-12, 2020, $999

Physics and Chemistry Workshop

Combined workshop July 5-12, 2020, $999

Please Note:

These workshops do not replace the UB summer orientation program for incoming freshmen.

Student Testimonials

  • “It’s great preparation during one of the biggest transitions in your life.”
  • “Yes, I definitely would recommend it to other students.  It was so informative, and I feel much more confident in myself now.”
  • “It was a wake-up call!  I took 4 AP classes in high school and even that didn't prepare me for the difficulty of the exams.