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McNeese to Offer Summer Engineering Camps

McNeese to Offer Summer Engineering Camps

(June 15, 2016) The McNeese State University College of Engineering and Computer Science will offer three summer programs for students entering grades 9-12 from July 18-Aug. 5 - a crocodilian biochemistry internship, an engineering academy and a forensic chemistry program.

The crocodilian biochemistry program offers high school students the opportunity to engage in research to investigate the unique immune system of the American alligator. Students will travel to the marshes of southeast Texas to catch alligators in the wild. After capture, blood samples will be collected and the students will conduct a variety of experiments to measure the efficiency of their immune system.

The engineering academy offers a broad exposure to engineering disciplines to high school students interested in pursuing science and engineering careers. The academy presents hands-on projects dealing with real life issues in the chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical divisions of engineering, as well as astronomy.

The forensic chemistry program is designed for high school students interested in pursuing forensic chemistry careers. The program intends to give students exposure to forensics by getting them involved with hands-on experience and research.
Proposed day trips for the summer programs include Houston’s NASA Space Center, the Creole Nature Trail, New Orleans, Avery Island, home of the internationally known TABASCO Pepper Sauce, canoeing on Ouiska Chitto River, Bel’s Hackberry Hunting Lodge and the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. 

Cost is $1,800 per student and includes room and board on campus, transportation and lab supplies. Students are responsible for spending money, health insurance and tickets to New Orleans and Houston attractions.

For more information about any of these programs at McNeese, contact Dr. Nikos Kiritsis at 337-475-5875 or by email at