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Millikin University to host Chemistry and Biochemistry Camp July 25-28

DECATUR, Ill. – 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.

As part of the camp, students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on laboratory science by exploring chemistry topics and preparing scholarship-ready science projects. 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, has been teaching the camp for a number of years with the idea to help students discover the fun in science. “This camp isn’t about grades, it’s about trying things and experimenting,” she said.

Dr. Anne Rodriguez

Dr. Anne Rodriguez

Dr. Rodriguez noted, “We want to give students experience and exposure with doing things in the lab. By giving them this early exposure, we hope that encourages them to move into the field of science, so they come to college as science or chemistry majors.”

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 breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening activities.

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 about the camp or to register, contact ​Dr. Anne Rodriguez at or

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