Summer Science Sleuths at Duke University

The Duke Center for Science Education is accepting applications for current 7th & 8th graders. Summer Science Sleuths at Duke is a 2-week, recreational, residential summer camp on the campus of Duke University in Durham, NC. Campers who are selected through our application process will receive a full camp scholarship and a travel scholarship to join us June 17-June 30, 2012.


We are looking for curious, bright, fun-loving campers who include science on their list of interests. Science doesn’t have to be their best subject. We would like to diversify our mix of students to include those who like science, but do not yet have that spark for considering science as a real option in their future. We would like to have the opportunity to provide the spark that sets them on a course that includes science.


We are offering a recreational camp where all of the daily activities are grounded in science. If you know a student who might have wondered how to make a personal air conditioner, to create a secret message, to make medicines from plants or make music from junk, then they just might be the curious campers that we are seeking. Through games, experiments, social events, puzzles, hands-on projects, visits with scientists, and recreation, campers will explore the connections between science, medicine and their everyday world. They will tune their senses to the awesome world around them and explore it with us.


Applicants in 2012 are currently 7th & 8th grade students who are US citizens. The three-part application, available online only at consists of a camp application to be completed by the parent/guardian, a camper survey to be completed by the student, and a teacher recommendation form. The application period will close on February 25, 2012. Campers will be notified of selection status in April.


Under the direction of the Chris Adamczyk, Program Director, our staff-student ratios are 1:3 for our daily programming and 1:4 in the evening residence program. Camp Instructors are graduate and post-doctoral students who have a keen interest in nurturing the next generation and who have expertise in science and science outreach. Teaching Assistants are undergraduate students who are studying science and who have previous experience doing hands-on activities with K-12 students. Residential counselors are college students who have prior experience with summer camp programs. All are highly qualified and have trained as a team to deliver an awesome camp experience.


Please pass this information along to parents, current 7th and 8th grade students and colleagues who teach or work with current 7th & 8th graders. For more information visit or email us at