May 25, 2022 at 10:45am
Dane Lisser

Campers to engage in chemistry experiments and explore common techniques used by chemists, biochemists

Millikin University will host a hands-on learning Chemistry and Biochemistry Camp for junior high and high school students from Monday, July 25 to Thursday, July 28, 2022. The camp will run 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day in the Leighty-Tabor Science Center on Millikin University's campus. 

All campers will receive a laboratory coat, lab notebook and safety glasses. During the camp, students will engage in chemistry experiments and explore some common techniques used by chemists and biochemists to answer questions. The camp will conclude with a demonstration dinner on the evening of Thursday, July 28 for families and teachers.

Dr. Anne Rodriguez, associate professor of chemistry at Millikin, is teaching the camp to help students discover the fun of lab science and improve lab skills. "This camp is hands-on and does not require previous experience or course work in chemistry. Campers directly explore the performance learning that is embedded in Millikin University's Chemistry program, where all majors complete a research project," she said.

Dr. Rodriguez understands that it can be challenging to see oneself in these disciplines or with limited laboratory experience.

Dr. Rodriguez noted, "I want to give young people experience with and exposure to chemistry and biochemistry. I hope it encourages a diverse array of young people to move into college as biochemistry or chemistry majors." 

Dr. Anne Rodriguez

The cost of the camp for high school student commuters is $500 per camper with lunch provided daily. The camp also offers an overnight option for high school students at $900 per camper. The overnight option includes Millikin University Housing for Monday-Wednesday evenings as well as evening activities and additional meals.

The camp for junior high students is for daytime only and is $500 per camper with lunch provided daily. Scholarships are available for those with financial need.

For more information or to register, contact ​Dr. Anne Rodriguez at or visit