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Research in the Biological Sciences (RIBS)

We are no longer admitting high school students to the 2018 Summer Session.

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.  Course prerequisites: (1) completed 10th grade; (2) completed high school biology course with excellent credentials.  Please visit the RIBS web site for examples of labs performed in previous years.

Course Code

BIOS 10000


BIOS 10001




High School Students


Biological Sciences

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Start Time


Class End Time


Primary Instructor

Christopher Schonbaum

Secondary Instructor

Rosemary Zaragoza


Session I

Orientation Date(s)

Start Date

End Date


Additional Details

  • Eligibility: current high school sophomores and juniors, 14 years and older.
  • Admissions: the application deadline for this program is March 2. Students who submit their application before February 2 will have their $50 application fee waived, but all applications will be read and reviewed after the March 2 deadline.
  • Rolling admissions is not offered for this program.

Cost & Aid

Total Cost (includes Tuition, Housing and Dining, and Fees): $11,400.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.