The Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS) is for incoming Colby College freshmen from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the sciences. The program provides participants with hands-on research experiences in biology, chemistry, environmental science, and other natural science disciplines.
Ten students spend one week working with MDI Biological Laboratory faculty in hands-on scientific investigations. More information…
- Karen E. James, Ph.D.Visiting InstructorMDI Biological Laboratory
- Andrea Tilden, Ph.D.The J. Warren Merrill Associate Professor of BiologyColby College
|9:00 AM||Welcome, lab safety talk, pipetting practice, begin animal DNA extractions||Field trip to collect plant specimens at the College of the Atlantic/Acadia National Park Herbarium||Begin plant DNA extractions||Purification of plant PCR products, gel electrophoresis (note reverse order), submit for sequencing||Presentation on sequence analysis and phylogenetics (Davis classroom)|
|10:00AM||(continued)||(continued)||(continued)||(continued)||Edit and prepare plant sequence data for upload to BOLD|
|11:00AM||Presentations (Davis classroom)||(continued)||(continued)||(continued)|
|12:00PM||Lunch (Dining hall)||Lunch (Dining hall)||Lunch (Dining hall)||Lunch (Dining hall)||Lunch (Dining hall)|
|1:00PM||Presentations (Davis classroom)||Gel electrophoresis (introduction to sequencing while gels run) and purification of animal PCR products, submit for sequencing||Complete plant DNA extractions and quantify DNA||Presentation on sequence editing and analysis (Davis classroom)||Wrap-up (Davis classroom)|
|2:00PM||Complete animal DNA extractions and quantify DNA, set up animal PCR, introduction to extraction and PCR||(continued)||(continued)||Edit and prepare animal sequence data for upload to BOLD|
|3:00PM||(continued)||Jackson Laboratory visit: tour of the lab with Mike McKernan||Set up plant PCR to run overnight||(continued)|
|4:00PM||(continued)||Jackson Laboratory visit: lecture on next-generation sequencing by Dr. Bill Buaas, Senior Manager of Genome Technologies||(continued)||(continued)|
|5:00PM||(continued)||(continued)||Look at animal sequences if time||(continued)|
|6:00PM||Dinner and informal orientation to MDIBL and the course (Andrea Tilden)||Dinner (Dining hall)||Dinner (Dining hall)||Dinner (Dining hall)||Dinner (Dining hall)|
|7:00PM||(continued)||Lab work, continued, if needed||Lab work, continued, if needed||Lab work, continued, if needed||Lab work, continued, if needed|
Included in tuition. Housing is assigned. Please call 207-288-9880 ext 102 if you have any questions.
Dormitory style cottage accommodations are available with double occupancy and single rooms, shared bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, common room, high speed wireless internet, and parking.
Our on-campus housing is within walking distance of all campus facilities (Note: campus grounds include wooded terrain).