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Rutgers summer program - “Experiments with GFP: The Art and the Science”

posted May 10, 2013, 7:32 PM by Barbara Fortunato

My name is Sujata. I’m the head student coordinator in Dr. William W. Ward lab, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 

 With great enthusiasm, I wish to inform you about the upcoming Rutgers University Summer Course for Gifted and Talented Youngsters. This novel course, “Experiments with GFP: The Art and the Science” is a multidisciplinary 3-credit lab course for students from grade school through early college. The course will be taught by the world renowned, long time professor in Biochemistry, Dr. William W. Ward of Rutgers University. Dr. Ward is a world expert on Green Fluorescent Protein and it’s numerous applications. The course teaches students how to purify green fluorescent protein from coastal jellyfish using techniques like column chromatography, High Performance Liquid Chromatography, three –phase partitioning and electrophoresis. The students will also plan the design for an aquarium system to maintain the NJ shore comb jellies (ctenophores). The course includes a field trip day to Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Students earn 3 Rutgers University credits at the end of the program.

 The course will run in two sections of three weeks each, June 24- July 15, 2013 and July 15- Aug 2, 2013. On July 15, both the sessions go on a field trip to Stone Harbor, South Jersey for a professionally narrated nature tour and to catch jellyfish.


Last date to register with the summer sessions at Rutgers University is May 24 2013.

 Please see the attached flyer, for more information.

 Applicants will be selected on the basis on three essays (out of a list of nine) that they will write and send directly to Professor William Ward to get a special permission number which will allow them to register with Rutgers University for this special course.

 Please use the below links for more information.

 Course website.

 Summer sessions at Rutgers University website (for fees, registration. dates and deadlines)

Student Testimonials

Contact Information

 Course related questions

Dr. William Ward, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology

 Registration and eligibility questions

Ms. Liz Beasley,

 Please feel free to pass on this information to your students, parents, faculty, friends and co-workers or anyone who you think may benefit from this brilliant program.

 If you have any questions, do let us know. Admission is limited to 20 students per session and seats are quickly filling up !

 We hope to see the bright, talented and curious students from your school in this summer course!


Sujata Charuvu

Head Student Coordinator

Dr. William Ward Lab

Center for Research and Education in Bioluminescence and Biotechnology (CREBB)

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Rutgers University

Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology

76 Lipman Drive New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525

Phone: 848-932-5629 (Lab)

Dr. Ward (Cellphone) : 908-565-6463

               (Office) : 848-932-5636