Undergraduate Student Initiative for

Biomedical Research

July 29-August 2, 2019

Summer research for Undergraduates and Exceptional High School Students at the University of California Irvine, Biomedical Engineering


The Undergraduate Student Initiative for Biomedical Research (USIBR) program at the Digman Lab and 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: 20 undergraduate community college and up to 5 high school students will be selected.

Stipends: 20 community college undergraduates and 5 high school students will be given $150 stipends to cover the cost of parking and lunches for the week.

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, 1-4pm) 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 JUNE 1, 2019. 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(

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: JUNE1, 2019


· Must be an registered undergraduate or high school student

· Must have a GPA≥3.0

· 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