The SURE program for undergraduate research in biotechnology and bioengineering at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) provides undergraduate students the opportunity for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in various areas including applied molecular and cellular biology, drug discovery and development, bioengineering, computational biology, as well as exposure to related ethics and business topics. Students work side-by-side with current PhD and master’s students in various research labs at KGI.
In addition to hands-on laboratory research, the program offers seminars and presentations from faculty professors and industry speakers on a variety of biotechnology and pharmaceutics areas. Students also work in teams on bioentrepreneurship projects where they learn about needs assessment, market research, competitive analysis, technical development of drugs, risk assessment, cost of clinical trials, and drug reimbursement.
The program also includes a City of Hope visitation day with a guided tour of the institution and analytical pharmacology core facility, as well as a series of talks by City of Hope clinical and translational medicine faculty. Program participants also take part in a series of workshops on scientific method, scientific writing, and presentations. By the end of the program, participants will receive extensive training in the design of experiments, team work, and will better their scientific writing and presentation skills.
Students specifically interested in drug discovery and development have an opportunity to participate in a drug discovery program where they learn about drug discovery and development, as well as drug repurposing. KGI faculty and staff have designed and developed this program uniquely to expose participants to the excitement of drug paths from discovery to FDA approval to market.
The SURE program is appropriate for motivated undergraduate students majoring in biology, chemistry, engineering, or related disciplines. One of the program goals is to promote the success of women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering.
Tentative 2019 Dates (Subject to Change): June 17 – August 9 (please note: students may start their research projects earlier than June 17 or may continue working on projects after August 9 pending agreements with their research mentors).
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2019
Thanks to the generous grant support from The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, each SURE participant will receive a $500 scholarship. The SURE program is not an academic degree program and does not charge participants for their summer research experience at KGI. Therefore, the $500 scholarship is considered taxable income, and each participant may receive an IRS 1099 form. For more information, please contact a professional tax advisor or review the IRS publication.