DNA Subway


Subway Fish

The DNA Subway program consists of students from local community colleges pursuing a bachelors degree in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math [STEM]. Participants are asked to collect fish samples and bring them to the Neil A. Campbell Science Learning Laboratory located in the University Laboratory Building on the UCR campus for an introduction in to scientific research at UCR. Each student will learn DNA extraction, the Polymerase Chain Reaction and DNA Sequencing as well as other molecular biology techniques. Students will also learn to use DNA barcoding software found in the DNA Subway, a free online DNA analysis platform. The project is currently funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Students will meet on the UCR Campus for a 1-day introduction and immersion into the research project and conduct the experiment. Sequencing data will be obtained and students will work off campus in assigned groups to analyze class data and produce a research poster. Students will present their posters in a symposium setting as a capstone presentation.

Applications Closed Please check back Fall 2020 (early September)


  •  Program Dates: 4-weeks - October 5, thru November 2, 2019
  •  UCR Campus Visits (Mandatory):
  •  Saturday, October 5th, 2019 8:00am-5:00pm - Introduction & Experiment
  •  Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 8:00am-2:00pm - Symposium Presentation



  • Current community college student pursuing a STEM degree
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • No experience necessary!


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