Scientific & Research Ethics & Literacy High School Institute


This co-ed, overnight summer camp is designed for campers entering grades 9-12 who are interested in research and want to spend time learning more about this interesting subject with others who share their passion.

July 26 - July 30, 2020

Cost of Camp: $930 Residential; $775 Commuters. $100 deposit required. Registration opens February 1, 2020.

We will be using CampDoc for our online registration system. We are again partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic health record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper health information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

The Program:

This a week-long overnight camp for students entering grades 9-12 who are interested in research; whether it’s scientific or other. While in camp, we will be discussing responsible conduct in research. We will cover the various forms of scientific misconduct, questionable research practices and various types of risky research such as artificial intelligence, genetics research, weapons research and more. The camp will heavily rely on discussion and will employ both real life and hypothetical cases of misconduct, proper conduct, and questionable conduct. We will also discuss scientific and research literacy and their importance along with the importance of communicating science to non-scientists.

When not in class, campers enjoy planned activities on campus as well as free time for relaxation. Living, dining and learning together provides campers ample opportunity to get to know each other and develop lasting friendships.

The Faculty:
This camp is directed and taught by Alfred University’s Chemistry professor, Dr. John D’Angelo. Dr. D’Angelo earned his BS in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2000. He then earned his PhD from the University of Connecticut in 2005 working in the laboratories of Michael B. Smith. After completing his PhD, He took a position as a postdoctoral research associate at The Johns Hopkins University. In 2007, Dr. D’Angelo accepted a position at Alfred University at the rank of Assistant Professor. In 2013, he was awarded tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor at Alfred. He served as the local ACS section (Corning) chair in 2014, will serve as Chair again in 2021 and served as the Faculty Senate president from May 2014-May 2018.

When not in classes, campers have lots of fun participating in a variety of recreational activities. Planned activities include indoor and outdoor games, hikes and movies, possible planned trips to the Equestrian Center, Foster Lake, and social gatherings at a local coffee house. There is also a farewell party on the last night of camp. Admissions interviews and campus tours will be available by appointment on Thursday afternoon. Living, dining and learning together, campers have a great opportunity to get to know each other and develop lasting friendships. The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings while learning!

With our dynamic, engaging, talented and caring faculty; terrific facilities and lovely campus, the Alfred University’s Scientific & Research Ethics & Literacy High School Institute could make this your best summer ever!

Campers must arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 PM on Sunday for registration and will leave after lunch on Thursday. During the week they will attend classes during the day and have fun participating in planned recreational activities on and off campus in the evening. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and driving directions to campus will be sent to all students upon acceptance.

Tuition, Room and Board:
Cost of Camp: $930.00 ($100 DEPOSIT DUE AT TIME OF REGISTRATION)
This covers tuition, supervision, program materials, recreational activities, housing and meals. Students stay in the University’s residence halls dedicated to summer campers. Campers are required to provide their own pillows, blankets and bed linens (to fit an extra-long twin mattress). Should the camper need, linens can be provided for an additional cost and you MUST let us know by June 1, 2020, for arrangements. Cafeteria-style meals are served in the University dining hall.

Commuter Rate for Local Students - $775.00
This covers tuition, daytime classes, program materials and lunch only. Commuting students mush check-in at registration on Sunday and must arrive on campus by 8:45 AM for classes Monday through Thursday. They must be picked up by 5 PM each day with the exception of Thursday when pick-up time is 1 PM (after lunch).

Financial Aid:
Unfortunately there is no financial aid available for our summer program.

How to Apply:
Application Deadline: MAY 1, 2020. 
We will begin accepting applications in February, 2020.

To apply, you must complete and submit the online registration form (We support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari on a rolling basis.).

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Along with the application, campers must also submit:

  • $100 deposit (paid on online application form) - Due May 1.
  • A one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend (in your own words and signed)

Send to: Office of Summer Programs, Alfred University, Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802, fax to 607-871-2045, or scan and send to us via email by May 1.

A deposit of $100 is required at the time of applying. Applications will not be considered if the deposit is not paid by the May 1 deadline. The remaining balance is due by June 1. Late applications will only be considered if space is available.

Acceptance Policies:
The Camp Director will review all applications after the May 1 deadline and determine which students will be accepted. Acceptance/non-acceptance notifications will be provide to applicants by the middle of May via email. If you require an earlier decision, please contact the Office of Summer Programs via email.

Once final decisions have been made, accepted campers will receive notification of acceptance along with information and dates on what is required for attendance. Questions can be directed to the Office of Summer Programs, 607-871-2612 or via email.

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 1. A 50% refund will be made for cancellations received June 2-10. There will be no refunds for cancellations made after June 10.

For further general information contact the Office of Summer Programs at 607-871-2612. For specific information about the program schedule or class content, please contact Professor John D’Angelo.

After the May 1 deadline, the Director of Summer Programs and Camp Director will evaluate all applications and above listed materials, and determine which students are accepted. Acceptance/non-acceptance notification will be provided by email by the middle of May. If you require an earlier decision, please indicate this by including a note with your application form. (Students who apply after the deadline will receive notification within one week after we receive their application materials.)

Once campers are accepted they will reminded by email from CampDocs to complete the required documents (parental permissions to attend as well as health records) for camp.  These are required by June 1. Updated immunization information (including dates) is also required at that time. (If you do not have updated immunization information on hand, you may want to acquire this from your physician now to avoid processing delays.)

When students are not in class, they are supervised by our wonderful team of Camp Counselors who are specially trained to serve as positive role models, mentors and friends. In order to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer students are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules and regulations.

Examples of Evening Activities:

  • Ice-breaker games on the first day to help everyone get acquainted
  • Movies in AU's Nevins Theater
  • Visits to a nearby lake for picnics and campfires
  • Outdoor games such as "Capture the Flag" and "Ultimate Frisbee"
  • Indoor games such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," ping pong, board games, basketball, etc.
  • Social gatherings with refreshments & music in the "Knight Club"
  • Relaxing and socializing at a local coffee house
  • Farewell party on the last night

Students stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer campers (2 per room) and must bring their own pillows, blankets and bed/bath linens for the week (bed linens must fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds). Males and females are housed in separate buildings. Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge. Our Camp Counselors will be on-site in the residence halls at all times.


Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in our campus dining hall. Our Dining Services chefs do an excellent job in accommodating campers with food allergies and other special requirements.


Campers living locally who wish to attend as commuters may do so. The commuter rate, which includes tuition, program materials, and lunch is $775. Campers who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and arrive on campus by 8:45 AM for classes Monday-Thursday. They must be picked up no later than 5:00 PM Monday-Wednesday unless they will be participating in evening activities (please make arrangements with Director of Summer Programs for pick-up times). The last day of camp (Thursday) pick-up time is 1:00 PM. Please be sure to check the "Commuter" box on the application form.

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in Western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about your favorite subject and meeting other students who share your passion for astronomy!

The campus, a 6-hour drive from New York City, 2 hours from Buffalo and 1 1/4 hours from Rochester, is easily accessible by car or bus from all directions and is located just five miles south of Interstate 86. The nearest major airport is the Rochester International Airport (about 65 miles north). Transportation to and from that airport can be provided for an additional charge if we receive your request by the date indicated in your acceptance notification. After that date students must make their own arrangements with an airport limo service.

The University may cancel any course or activity at any time because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.