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 experience through team projects based on bioprocessing for the production of monoclonal antibodies, enzymes, vaccines, and cell and gene therapy.

During this exciting online program, participants will learn about technical and regulatory considerations for biopharmaceutical production, 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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2022 Dates

  • Session #1 (in-person): June 20-July 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST
  • Session #2 (online): June 20-July 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST
  • Final completion ceremony: July 22 

Learning Opportunities: In-Person and Virtual

  • Learn important process steps for manufacture of biological products
  • Identify advanced analytical methods to measure process parameters 
  • Understand regulatory concepts and requirements for biopharmaceutical processing 
  • Refine presentations and report writing skills  

Learning Opportunities: In-Person Only

  • Grow mammalian or microbial cells 
  • Examine operations of downstream purification steps
  • Practice steps to prepare and sterilize bioreactors 
  • Develop proficiency in data analysis 
  • Trouble shoot problems encountered during experiments 

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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 (optional)
      • Contact information for one recommender is optional during the application process. This person should be able to evaluate your qualification and potential for success in our program (such as an instructor, advisor, mentor, etc). More than one recommender can be submitted but is not required. 
      • 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 or 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 the manufacturing of biologic products.

  • There is a $20 application fee.

    If you are in need of an application fee waiver, please contact admissions@kgi.edu.