Immerse Yourself in Biological Research
Furthering the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, discovering how to preserve blood, laying the mathematical foundations for the theory of genetic evolution—the University of Chicago is a leader in these and in many other areas of research. This summer, learn the techniques used in cutting-edge biological research and work in person at lab facilities at a premier research university.
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 cell biology, genetics, developmental biology and cancer biology. After two weeks of basic training, students spend the remainder of the course working on an independent project. Most of a typical RIBS day is spent in lab with lectures given when needed to provide background and context for the experiments. Communication skills are important in science. RIBS students will have weekly writing assignments and keep a detailed lab notebook. Students read original research articles and participate in group presentations. Students will also attend weekly lunch time seminars given by research faculty. 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.
RIBS is a residential program and requires students to live on-campus and attend classes in person to complete the program. Students who have completed a significant amount of lab work outside of class may find this course repetitive.
Eligibility: Current 10th or 11th grade students. Students must have completed one year of high school biology by the start of the program. This course is the most rigorous of the pre-college offerings in Biology, requiring that students have a demonstrated passion for science, with top grades in high school biology, math, and chemistry in honors or advanced-level courses, if available at the student's school.
The deadline to apply is our Priority Deadline, January 18, 2024. All application decisions for this program will be released at the same time in mid-March.
Students must complete the Summer Session Application and all the related requirements, which can be reviewed in the How to Apply section.
Program Overview & Dates
June 15-July 13, 2024
Move-in: Sat. Jun 15
Required Orientation: Sat. Jun 15 - Sun. Jun 16.
First Class: Mon. Jun 17
Move-out: Sat. Jul 13
Class times: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructors: Christopher Schonbaum, Robert Bednarczyk
Course Code: BIOS 10010 94
Units: 200 UChicago units, which is equivalent to 2 full-time courses