The minority Undergraduate Student Initiative for Biomedical Research (USIBR) program at the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics, a P41 NIH National Center, is intended to expose students interested in science to cutting-edge imaging technology.  Participants will have lectures given by UCI Faculty in the area of optical imaging and have the opportunity to do a "mini" research project testing hypothesis driven biological questions. These practicals are not cookie cutter hands on sessions but are intended to inspire critical thinking and test new hypothesis currently being investigated in scientific research labs.

Program Details:

Number of Students: 12-15 undergraduate community college and up to 4 high school  students will be selected.

Program Length and Description:
This program will run for 5 days at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). The morning (M-F, 9am- noon), participants will attend lectures, while the afternoon  (M-F, 1-3pm) they will get a chance to have hands on experiments.

With guidance from faculty mentors each group of student will propose a hypothesis for their research project to work on and will need  completed by the end of the program. The last day each student will present their research project summarizing their results and findings. This program will allow students to have interactive research experience and training on state with Laser scanning microscopes at the
Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics (LFD).
Selection Process: Students will need to submit an application by May 27, 2016. Although all community college students are welcome to apply, this program will give priority to students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math as defined by NSF*. 
Instruments Used: All instruments selected for the research projects are housed or owned by the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics(http://www.lfd.uci.edu/).
Application: Registration and participation is free. Each student will be provided with a student ID, waiver forms to sign for work in the labs, and lab safety training.

Application Details: DEADLINE: May 27,2016

·        Must be an registered undergraduate or high school student
·        Must have a GPA≥3.0
·        Priority will be given to underrepresented* minority student
·        Students must be willing to attend all 5 days of the program
·        Must be interested in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Systems           Biology, Biophysics, and/or Biomedical Engineering