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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2021 Dates

  • Session #1 (online): June 14-24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST
  • Session #2 (online): July 12-22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST
  • Final completion ceremony: July 23 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. PST

Learning Opportunities

  • Simulate growth of mammalian and microbial cells
  • Model operation of downstream purification steps
  • Understand regulatory concepts and requirements for biopharmaceutical processing
  • Discover steps to prepare and sterilize bioreactors
  • Identify 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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"It was amazing that I learned a lot about the development of vaccines, antibodies, and cell and gene therapies. Ultimately, my goal is to apply my engineering background to make a difference in medicine. I especially wanted to explore career options in bioprocessing. That's why the BSUITE program was perfect for me!"
Catherine Kieu
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 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.

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