"The goal of the Research in the Biological Sciences (RIBS) program at the University of Chicago is to provide a four-week training program for high school students. It surveys topics related to molecular, microbiological, and cell biological techniques currently used in research laboratories. Basic lab skills are taught. Some students will be invited back the following summer to carry out a research project in one of the faculty labs at the Center. A hands-on systems biology module links students to Center projects. Modeling activities highlight links between environmental perturbations (such as osmotic stress) and complex system dynamics."