Each day the students attended sessions consisting of either lectures, videos or some hands-on activity. The lectures included technical information on biological and biomedical topics. In addition, as a special feature of this program, workshop sessions were included each day to provide tools for critical thinking based on philosophical concepts. The combination of these two areas provides the students with the basic knowledge needed to begin to address ethical concepts in the biomedical arena on issues dealing with neuro-enhancement, the human genome, stem cell research and more.
From time to time each day the students broke up into teams of four (corresponding to the groups of students residing together in the dormitories) to discuss the question of the day and draw up a response to that question. Each team was accompanied by a Counselor and/or Institute Coordinator; the Discussion Leader circulated among the groups.
As the week progressed, each student team identified a particular bioethics concept of interest to them and developed the topic complete with slides for presentation on the final day of the program.
The students visited the medical school, UMDNJ, where they were able to observe the use of an fMRI machine in use for brain analysis.
The students worked in a chemistry lab on campus in a project to extract their own DNA, which they preserved in a sealed necklace to take home.
The students were able to spend at least an hour at the end of each day in one of the Rutgers computer labs where they could organize and make notes on the topics they were learning.