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Research in the Biological Sciences


This four-week intensive training program is designed to expose students to a broad range of molecular, microbiological, and cell biological techniques currently used in research laboratories.  Students are immersed in the research experience, giving them a taste of "life at the bench".  Using a project-based approach, the course progresses from a survey of basic lab techniques to the application of current molecular techniques in developmental biology and microbiology.  Most of a typical RIBS day is spent in lab.  Lectures will also be presented to provide background and introduce new concepts.  Since communication skills are important in science, students will keep lab notebooks and they will make several group presentations. The course ends with a research forum in which the students present the results of their projects. Successful completion of the course will give participants the experience and confidence to work in a research laboratory. On a space available basis, students will be invited back the following year to work in the lab of a University of Chicago research scientist. 

Please visit the Research in the Biological Sciences (RIBS) website for examples of labs performed in previous years.  

Course Overview

Start Date

June 24

End Date

July 19

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Christopher Schonbaum

Secondary Instructor

Class Specifics

Course Code

BIOS 10000, BIOS 10001

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration (CST)


5:00 P.M.


Session I

Course Length

4 weeks