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. 

Tentative 2019 Dates (Subject to Change): June 3-July 26, 2019

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Who Should Apply:

Rising undergraduate sophomores or juniors.


The cost per student is approximately $6,000, which includes airfare, lodging, food, supplies, and Setswana teachers. A grant provided to KGI will provide $3,000 toward funding for each student accepted into the program. Students accepted must be able to provide the remaining funds by the time of acceptance, either through personal resources or a grant.

*Students from Pitzer College and Claremont McKenna College are assured funding through grants from their institutions.