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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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A week long day camp for talented girls who are interested in the biological sciences.

Pollen Power campers in front of IGB

Hosted by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology on the University of Illinois campus, Pollen Power! provides an opportunity for girls to study plant responses to climate change in the distant past and the coming century. Research groups of 8 to 10 campers, led by female graduate students, use million-dollar microscopes to image pollen, providing campers with first-hand experience working with female mentors in a research environment. Campers also investigate pollen as a time capsule to study the climate that existed millions of years ago, identify ancient pollen, watch pollen germinate in real-time, and tour the state-of-the art research labs and facilities on campus.

The camp is designed for middle-school-age girls with an interest in plants and the environment. Visit the Pollen Power! website to learn more.