Summer Camps in Northern California: June-Aug. 2020

Genetics and Pharmacogenetics - Katie Augspurger, Ph.D. Candidate

  • Led by Katie Augspurger Ph.D. Candidate
  • Grades 6-9

Good to Know

  • $499 instead of $549

    Early Bird Rate $499 per week
    instead of $549 per week (until March 31)

  • 9:00am - 4:00pm

    All camps hours
    9:00am - 4:00pm

  • 10 min driving

    All locations are 10
    minutes driving distance from each

Genetics camp 4

Genetics and Pharma- cogenetics

Each of us is unique. Not only are we different in personalities and appearance, but also in how our bodies respond to medication. A medication that cures one person, may have no effect on another. In the new field of pharmacogenetics, scientists are discovering the genes that determine our body’s response to drugs and developing better ways to cure us of diseases such as cancer and depression.

Using many hands-on activities and games, we will learn about genetics. We will use the tools and techniques used by geneticists in laboratories around the world, such as micropipettes, centrifuges, PCR machines, and electrophoresis to conduct basic versions of pharmacogenetics methods such as CRISPR, Prime Editing and Gene Transformation. At the end of the week, parents are invited to see the poster each child prepared about their favorite genetics topic!

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Genetics and Pharmacogenetics
Katie Augspurger

Katie AugspurgerPh.D. Candidate

Led byKatie Augspurger Ph.D. Candidate

A native of Minnesota, Katie is an awesome combination of “Minnesota nice” and strong Midwestern work ethics.
Katie knows all about the inner working of a cell (or so it seems). She is currently conducting her doctorate thesis about how aging affects the nucleus of the cell. It is actually more complex than this and those who attend her genetics summer camp will learn all about it.
Katie previously taught at Celsius and Beyond’s summer science camp. She was a teacher’s assistant at the University of Minnesota and taught equestrian skills for many years in a summer camp.
Katie is currently a Biophysics Ph.D. candidate at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF). She holds a B.S. in Biophysics, French and Computer Science from the University of Minnesota.

Fees and Policies

  • Early Bird Rate (until March 31) is $499 per week.
  • Camp Fees after March 31st are $549 per week
  • An annual insurance/registration fee of $25 is required for each family account.


  • Multiple Session Discount – Also applicable to siblings
    • Sign up for 2 sessions: receive a total of $40 off
    • Sign up for 3 sessions: receive a total of $75 off
    • Sign up for 4 sessions or more: $140 off or more (at $35 per session)
  • Refer families who have never attended a Celsius camp before and receive either a credit of $50 off a future camp or a refund of $30 per referral. Further details can be found on the registration site. No cross referrals accepted.

Extended Care

  • Early morning extended care from 8am to 9am
  • Afternoon extended care from 4pm up to 6pm.
  • Advanced payments (prior to start of camp) for all Extended Care are $12 per hour ($50/$100 for all 5 days for one/two hours per day).
  • Ad Hoc during the week of camp are billed at $15 per hour.
  • Pick up after 6pm will be charged at a rate of $2.00 per minute (no grace)
  • Extended Care is billed in one hour increments after a 10 minute grace period.

Cancellation Policy

Covid-19 Update: We plan to hold our camps as planned. If however, Shelter in Place restrictions remain at the time of our camp, or if the CDC recommends canceling activities such as camps, we will provide a full refund.

-Any changes (other than cancellation) to previously confirmed sessions shall be assessed a $40 fee. Transferring sessions is subject to availability.

– No refunds will be issued for cancellations for any reason after May 1st, however partial credits are available as follows:
– More than one month cancellation notice prior to the start date of camper’s session, a credit for 50% of the total price paid.
– more than 3 weeks notice = 30% credit of total price paid.
– less than 3 weeks notice and more than 7 days prior to start of session = 20% credit of total price paid.

Payment Policy

We accept cash, check, e-check and credit cards (Visa/Mastercard/Discover).Reservations are not confirmed without payment received. Online registration andpayment ensures immediate confirmation. Payments by check should be sent in within 3 days of making an online reservation or the spot will be released.