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. 

2020 Dates: June 1-26 (Botswana) and June 29-July 24 (Claremont)

Application deadline: March 1, 2020

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Who Should Apply:

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).

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