The Bioprocessing Summer Undergraduate Internship Training and Education (BSUITE) program for undergraduate research in bioprocessing and bioengineering at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, provides an opportunity for participants to obtain valuable laboratory experience through team projects based on bioprocessing for the production of monoclonal antibodies and enzymes, vaccines, as well as cell and gene therapy.

During this exciting six-week summer program, participants will learn about technical and regulatory considerations for production of biopharmaceuticals including biotechnology and cell line engineering, cell growth, product purification, viral controls, and quality systems. Students will be introduced to career options within biomanufacturing that are enabled through KGI’s Master of Engineering in Biopharmaceutical Processing (MEng) program, including process development, production support, facility engineering, quality oversight, and regulatory positions. 

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2021 Dates

  • June 14-July 23, 2021 (in-person)

Learning Opportunities

  • Grow mammalian and microbial cells
  • Set up and operate downstream purification steps
  • Understand regulatory concepts and requirements for biopharmaceutical processing
  • Prepare and sterilize bioreactors for cell culture
  • Use advanced analytical instruments to measure process parameters
  • Develop proficiency in data analysis
  • Trouble shoot problems encountered during experiments
  • Refine presentations and report writing skills

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"I wanted to see how biologics and drugs are produced for a large market. In the KGI program, I learned about upstream and downstream processing along with how the final product is labeled and shipped. I finally became the chef instead of just studying the recipe."
William Hou
BSUITE Student
Summer '20

Application Procedures and Requirements

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    Application Deadline

    • March 31 priority
    • May 31 final

    Application Requirements 

    An online application form is required that contains questions about your personal and educational background. Additional requirements (below) can be submitted along with your online application or separately:

    • Personal Statement
      • Please provide a brief statement of why you are interested in BSUITE and what you would like to do once you complete your undergraduate degree.
    • Resume
    • Letter of Recommendation
      • Contact information for one recommender is required during the online application process. This person should be able to evaluate your qualification and potential for success in our program. You can choose to use a professional or academic reference. Only one recommendation is required but additional recommendations may be submitted if desired.
      • Recommenders will be contacted via email to submit their recommendation online. If they prefer otherwise they can email or mail a copy to the Admissions Office along with this recommendation form
    • Transcripts
      • Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for evaluation purposes. Official transcripts are not required for admission but may be substituted for unofficial transcripts for admission review.

    Application Review

    We will review applications on a rolling basis. We take a holistic look at each applicant, and place great importance on letters of recommendation and your personal statement. We will strive to notify you about the status of your application as soon as possible.

  • The program is designed for undergraduate juniors, seniors, or recent graduates interested in starting the MEng Program in the future. We focus on candidates majoring in biology, chemistry, biotechnology, bioengineering, chemical engineering, or related disciplines who are looking to build a strong foundation for a future career in manufacturing of biologic products.

  • There is a $20 application fee.