Stem cell summer camp inspiring early careers in science and technology

Every summer since 2007, students from some of the smallest high schools in Wisconsin descend on the Morgridge Institute for Research for some big-time scientific immersion.

The Morgridge Rural Summer Science Camp allowed more than 500 high academic achievers from across the state to spend a week learning from leaders in stem cell research, a field that UW-Madison helped make famous. The students arrive passionate and motivated in science, but the hope is this deep dive into real research will seal the deal for a future scientific career.

Now, 12 years into the camp, organizers are finding it has been a difference-maker.