UChicago Research in the Biological Sciences: Summer Program (RIBS)

Four-week summer program to teach students about techniques used in biological research

This four-week intensive summer research program for high school students is designed to expose students to a broad range of molecular, microbiological, and cellular biological techniques currently used in research laboratories. Within the session, students will be immersed in the research experience, giving them a taste of life at the bench. Using a project-based approach, the course progresses from a survey of basic lab techniques to the application of current molecular techniques in developmental biology and microbiology. Most of a typical RIBS day is spent in lab. Lectures will provide background and introduce new concepts. Since communication skills are important in science, students will keep lab notebooks and they will make several group presentations. The course ends with a research forum in which the students present the results of their projects.

Successful completion of the course gives participants the experience and confidence to work in a research laboratory. On a space-available basis, students who excel in the program are invited back the following year to work in the lab of a University of Chicago research scientist.

 

Deadline Information

Deadline: Ongoing

Priority Deadline (afterwards, there will be rolling admission until all spots are filled): Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Regular: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Responsibilities

The course ends with a research poster session in which the students present the results of their projects (followed by a farewell lunch).  Successful completion of the course will give participants the experience and confidence to work in a research laboratory.  On a space available basis, several students will be invited back the following year to work in the lab of a University of Chicago research scientist.  

Eligibility Requirements

Must be a current undergraduate student at the University of Chicago.

Application Process

Apply online through the UChicago Summer Session website.