Due to travel concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, BSURE will not take place during summer 2021.

The Botswana Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (BSURE) is a unique opportunity for students interested in acquiring research experience in the applied life sciences while serving as cultural ambassadors. Students will spend the first four weeks of the summer in Botswana where they will take two hours of Setswana language and culture every morning, followed by lab work at the University of Botswana in the afternoon. The focus is on research and development of making vaccines in a developing country.

The last four weeks are spent at KGI where the experience continues in the lab, along with classes and group projects focusing on drug development. The last four weeks are held in conjunction with KGI’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program. 

Application Procedures and Requirements

  • 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
    • Supplemental Essay
    • 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

    The Admissions Committee is made up of faculty and senior administrators who will thoroughly and conscientiously review each application.

  • Rising undergraduate sophomores or juniors.

  • Students are expected to obtain grants or use personal resources to cover airfare to/from Botswana, food, and housing while in Claremont (approximately $3,500). A grant provided to KGI will cover all other expenses (lodging in Botswana, lab fees, transport in Botswana, a safari in South Africa, and other incidental expenses).

    Students are encouraged to contact their respective undergraduate colleges to inquire about grants. Please note that students from Pitzer College are assured full funding for this program. Stipends are also available to help fund the housing portion of the program for non-local students (approximately $500).