School of Natural Science and Mathematics
The 2013 Mount Academy for Scientific Exploration (MASE) represents a cooperative learning endeavor between Churchill High School in Rockville, MD and Mount St. Mary's University. This year the MASE is offering a biotechnology program (download brochure). Students eligible to participate in the MASE Biotechnology Program will have participated in a year-long molecular genetics course and maintained a 3.0 grade point average. After successfully completing both the course and the MASE program, participants receive the equivalent of four college credits in biology.
The purpose is to provide a fun and challenging two week college-level research experience for third year high school students in an effort to encourage continued interest and pursuit of scientific inquiry among these students. Students will learn about biology through hands-on experimentation in a small-class atmosphere by a university professor. In addition students will learn advanced laboratory techniques and will employ the scientific method to design and conduct their own independent research projects.
The Mount Academy takes place on the beautiful campus of Mount Saint Mary's University, near Emmitsburg, Md. The university is located in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by many unique ecosystems and habitats. It is about a one hour drive from Baltimore and Washington D.C., 1½ hours from Annapolis and is located on the west side of U.S. Route 15.
Students will work in the recently renovated Coad Science Building. In the watershed ecology program students will take several field trips to nearby natural areas such as Catoctin Mountain State Park and the Monocacy River. Students have the option to stay overnight in air-conditioned university housing during the week.
MASE Biotechnology Program • June 17 - June 28, 2013
The program runs from 9 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m. Friday each week. Students staying in university housing are required to go home on the weekends (5 p.m. Friday through 9 a.m. Monday). Students will eat in the university cafeteria. In the evenings students will have homework and organized social activities (swimming, volleyball, movies, etc.) and will be supervised by MASE counselors.
Christine McCauslin, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry, serves as the camp director and has extensive research experience in the areas of cell and molecular biology.
Jennifer Staiger, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular biology, has more than 14 years of research experience in the areas of immunology and molecular biology.
Dana Ward, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, specializes in cell biology and cell mechanics.
Download the registration form (.pdf) for the biotechnology program or contact Lisa Rhoads, administrative assistant, for a registration form.
Questions about MASE
Mount Academy for Scientific Exploration
Christine McCauslin, Ph.D.
Jennifer Staiger, Ph.D.
Dana Ward, Ph.D.
It is the policy of Mount Saint Mary's University to comply with the provisions of the Americans and Disabilities Act in making its programs and facilities accessible. If you need special provisions made, please contact Lisa Rhoads at 301-447-5376.