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Bioengineering

 The UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering and UC San Diego Extension are pleased to offer courses to high school students who are excelling in scholarship and would like to explore Bioengineering. For Academic Year 2022, the course offerings are based on fun, experiential, remote, at-home, hands-on lab activities.

In the Bioengineering Broad Overview and Techniques (BE-BOAT) courses, students obtain an Overview of the science and engineering aspects of Bioengineering and learn Techniques in specialty areas.

In the Bioengineering Research Orientation Workshop (BE-ROW) course, students explore an area of Bioengineering in more depth through a guided Research team project.

In the Bioengineering Scholar High School Internship Project (BE-SHIP), students individually propose, conduct, and present a Bioengineering research project. The project is typically suitable for a Science/Engineering Fair. Students may continue formally in their research project, with mentor permission, for example, to prepare a manuscript.

Interested students normally progress from BE-BOAT to BE-ROW and then BE-SHIP. Students who excel in BE-BOAT may request to advance directly to BE-SHIP.

All 2022 Academic Year courses scheduled below will be given remotely. Students will need (1) computer and (2) cell phone, each with internet access, camera, microphone, audio output, web browser, and Zoom software. Each course will include live sessions during the weekday or weekend. In case of conflicts, students will be able to view session recordings. Work sessions with instructional assistants will be scheduled weekly at convenient times.

Since 2019, >200 students have enrolled in these offerings, including 150+ students in remote course offerings since Summer 2020. Testimonials from, and Awards to, former students are below!

A limited number of spots are available in each course in order to maintain a low student-instructor ratio. In the past, many courses have been fully enrolled. Please apply as soon as possible to receive consideration for a spot in your desired program(s). For inquiries, please email UCSD Pre-College Programs (precollege@ucsd.edu) or Bioengineering (bextship@eng.ucsd.edu).

I. BioEngineering Broad Overview and Techniques (BE-BOAT)

In BE-BOAT courses, students obtain an overview of Bioengineering and learn specific hands-on foundation techniques. The BE-BOAT courses offered in Winter 2022 is BioImaging and 3D Printing (BI3DP), and that scheduled for Summer 2022 is Bioengineering Foundations: MCTC + BIMMB, Mammalian Cell, Tissue Culture (MCTC), and BioImaging, BioMechanics & MechanoBiology (BMMB)  . Each course uses custom lab kits, has Pre-lab planning exercises, lab acquisition and analyses of Results, and post-lab Discussions. These programs build science and engineering foundations and enable a guided research project in BE-ROW (Section II, below).

 

BioImaging & 3D-Printing(BI3DP)

Program Dates: Saturday, Jan 22 - Sunday, March 13, 2022 (8 weeks) (Click here to apply)
Tuition: $2,500
Schedule - Students can expect 4 -10 hours of work every week (for 8 weeks):

  • 2 hours lecture and discussion - live zoom sessions
  • 1-3 hours of live office hours with program assistants
  • 1-5 hours of homework
  • Weekly times will be based on student schedule availability.

The imaging and 3D printing revolution is underway! Studetnts will obtain (A) hands on-skills of Biomedical Imaging and 3D Printing and (B) background knowledge of how such techniques are used in Biological Science and Biomedical Engineering. Students learn (1) how 2D and 3D biological image data is acquired and stored, (2) how to display, (3) manipulate, and (4) how to transform simple designs and complex images into 3D prints.

In their home “lab”, students perform exercises including (remote) 3D printing of plates and medical models. Accompanying each day’s lab session, students will be guided through fundamentals of image analysis, and discussion and presentation of their findings.

After BI3DP, students will have core skills and knowledge of biological and biomedical imaging and 3D printing. Students interested in exploring careers in biology, bioengineering, medicine, surgery, or dentistry are encouraged to apply.

BI3DP lab kits are required and included in the price of tuition.* All kits must be returned. Miscellaneous items to be purchased locally are ~$50.

Bioengineering Foundations: MCTC + BMMB

Program Dates: June 13 - July 1, 2022 (3 weeks) (Click here to apply)
Tuition:
$3,750(Online), $4,200(In Person)
Schedule: 

  • Monday - Friday: 9am - 12pm, 1pm - 4pm
This 3-week program is a combination of the two courses, MCTC and BMMB, below.

 

Mammalian Cell and Tissue Culture(MCTC)

Program Dates: June 13 - June 24, 2022 (2 weeks) (Click here to apply)
Tuition:
$2,600(Online), $2,900(In Person)
Schedule: 

  • Monday - Friday: 9am - 12pm, 1pm - 4pm


In this 2 week course, at UCSD (limited spots anticipated) or in their home "lab", students will obtain (A) hands-on skills training for mammalian cell and tissue culture and (B) background knowledge of how such culture methods are used. Students will learn how to (1) plan, prepare, and deliver solutions to propagate mammalian cells and grow tissues, (2) visualize and obtain digital microscopy images of such cells, tissues, and cultures, (3) interpret biochemical assays to quantify cell and tissue growth, and (4) analyze qualitative and quantitative data in an integrative way. Students will be able to use and learn about standard equipment including micropipettes, serological pipets, culture plates, and digital light microscopes appropriate for cell cultures. Thus, students will obtain the core skills and knowledge of mammalian cell and tissue culture, used in academia and industry to investigate the cause and potential treatments for diseases including cancer, neurodegeneration, myocardial infarction, diabetes, osteoporosis, and arthritis, and to engineer new cell and tissue-based regenerative therapies. The above knowledge and skills provide general foundations for Biological & BioMedical Sciences, BioTechnology & BioEngineering, and Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine.

For those joining remotely, loaner lab kits are required and included in the price of tuition.* All kits must be returned. Miscellaneous items to be purchased locally are ~$50.

Students will need (1) computer and (2) cell phone, each with internet access, camera, microphone, audio output, web browser, and Zoom software.

 

BioMechanics & MechanoBiology (BMMB)

Spring Program Dates: Saturday, Apr 2 - Sunday, May 22, 2022 (8 weeks) (Click here to apply)
Tuition: $2,500


Summer Program Dates: June 27 - July 1, 2022 (1 week) (Click here to apply)
Tuition: 
$1,350(Online), $1,700(In Person)
Schedule: 

  • Monday - Friday: 9am - 12pm, 1pm - 4pm


In this 1 week course,  at UCSD (limited spots anticipated) or in their home "lab", students will perform experiments on load-supporting skeletal structures including dissection of the knee, and biomechanical testing of models and tissues (bone, ligament, tendon, meniscus, and cartilage). Following each day’s lab session, students will be guided through fundamentals of biomedical data analysis, discussion, and presentation of their findings. After BMMB, students will have core skills and knowledge of how mammals move and bear load in health, injury, and disease. Those interested in exploring careers in bioengineering, biology, medicine, surgery, dentistry, or pharmacology are encouraged to apply. 

For those joining remotely, loaner lab kits are required and included in the price of tuition.* All kits must be returned. Miscellaneous items to be purchased locally are ~$50.

Students will need (1) computer and (2) cell phone, each with internet access, camera, microphone, audio output, web browser, and Zoom software.

 

Fees and Qualifications

 * For international applicants, additional shipping costs will apply

Grade Level - Students must currently be in 10th -12 grade and at least 14 years of age by the start of the session.

Minimum GPA - 3.0.

Academic Credit - Students will receive 3 units of Pre-College credit for completing each course. Those students who complete 'Bioengineering Foundations: MCTC + BMMB' will earn 5 units of Pre-College credit.

II. BioEngineering Research Orientation Workshop (BE-ROW)

Introduction to Bioengineering Research (BEI2R)

Spring 2022 Online Dates: Saturday, Apr 2 - Sunday, May 22, 2022 (8 weeks) (Click here to apply)

Summer 2022 Online Dates: Monday, July 17 - August 12, 2022  (4 weeks) (Click here to apply)

Explore Bioengineering Research ! How is research in Bioengineering done? How is it different than traditional research in biology or technology development in other engineering disciplines? In their home “lab”, students work in research teams to plan and conduct a biomedical engineering design or science investigation. BEI2R will build upon foundation knowledge (from a BOAT course or by permission).

Students will conduct the project in collaboration with active researchers. They will progress through the major steps of Bioengineering research: literature review; problem or question definition; bioengineering modeling; study design; experimental data acquisition; results analysis and interpretation; abstract and paper writing; and podium and poster presentations. A variety of pre-planned team research projects in BioMechanics, BioImaging, 3D Printing, MechanoBiology, Tissue Engineering, or Regenerative Medicine will be offered, and students matched to projects based on preferences.

Completing the team research project will prepare students to lead a research project.

Lab kits are required and included in price of tuition. All kits must be returned. Miscellaneous items to be purchased locally are ~$75.

Students will need (1) computer and (2) cell phone, each with internet access, camera, microphone, audio output, web browser, and Zoom software.

 

Fees and Qualifications

Tuition - $2,500 for Spring 2022, $2,600 for Summer 2022

*For international applicants, additional shipping costs will apply

Grade Level - Students must currently be in 10th -12 grade and at least 14 years of age before the start of the session.

Minimum GPA - 3.0.

Pre-Requisite– Students must have satisfactorily completed a BOAT course or have instructor’s permission.

Academic(Spring) Schedule - Students can expect 4 -10 hours of work every week (for 8 weeks):

  • 2 hours lecture and discussion - live zoom sessions
  • 1-3 hours of live office hours with program assistants
  • 1-5 hours of homework
  • Weekly times will be based on student schedule availability.

Academic (Summer) Schedule - Students can expect 15-20 hours of work every week (for 4 weeks)

  • M,W,F 12n-1p - 3 hours lecture and discussion - live zoom sessions
  • Tu, Th 9a-12n - 6 hours of live office hours with program assistants
  • 6-11 hours of homework

Academic Credit - Students will receive 3 units of Pre-College credit for completing each course. 

III. BioEngineering Scholar High School Internship Project (BE-SHIP)

BE-SHIP provides interested High School Scholars with the opportunity to plan and conduct a focused research internship and project in collaboration with an academic lab. In BE-SHIP, the BioEngineering Research Project (BERP) sequence consists of two parts: (A) proposing a research project; and (B) conducting and reporting on the project. BERP-A normally follows (requires as prerequisites) one (or more) BE-BOAT foundation course and the BE-ROW course, BEI2R.

BioEngineering Research Project B – Research (BERP-B)

Program Dates: Saturday, Jan 22 - Sunday, March 13, 2022 (8 weeks) (Click here to apply)
Conduct a Bioengineering Research Project!  Students will conduct their proposed research project. They will conduct lab experimentation and data acquisition, analyze and interpret results, write an abstract and paper, and prepare a presentation. A collaborating lab may assist students in obtaining experimental results. The research project can be coordinated to enable preparation for a Science and Engineering Fair presentation.

Fees and Qualifications

Tuition - $2,500 (Additional lab fee up to $500 may be required (for BERP-B, project dependent))

*For international applicants, additional shipping costs will apply

Grade Level - Students must currently be in 10th -12 grade and at least 14 years of age before the start of the session.

Minimum GPA - 3.0.

Pre-Requisite - Students must have satisfactorily completed BEI2R or have instructors’ permission.

Academic Schedule - Students can expect 6-10 hours of work every week:

  • 1 hour lecture and discussion - live zoom sessions
  • 1 hour lab meeting
  • 1-2 hours discussion with research assistant(s)
  • 3-6 hours of homework
  • Weekly times will be based on student schedule availability.

Academic Credit - Students will receive 3 units of Pre-College credit for completing each course.

Other Program Information

BioEngineering Application

Students can access the application from the "Apply Now" tab here.

BioEngineering Acceptance

Program information will be e-mailed to all students accepted into the program. 

BioEngineering Cancellation/Refund Policies

For all Bioengineering programs, the following deadlines apply: 

  • Cancellation or withdrawal for any reason prior to one week before the start date (request must be sent with a minimum of 7 days in advance) will receive a full refund
  • Cancellation or withdrawal for any reason within the week prior to the start date (7 days before the start date) will receive 50% refund 
  • Refunds for cancellation or withdrawal once the course has already started  will only be issued for serious illness (doctor's certificate is required) or extenuating circumstances only. Tuition is not refunded for students who are dismissed from the program or who leave because of homesickness.

All refund requests must be made in writing to Maysoon Dong, Sr. Program Manager, UCSD Pre-College Programs at: precollege@ucsd.edu. You will receive a confirmation of your request. Refunds will take approximately 4-6 weeks to process. Refunds are issued in the same method of payment (check or charge) of payment to UC San Diego Academic Connections.

Awards & Testimonials

Awards to Our Students

International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management High/Middle School Science: Awardee

California Science & Engineering Fair: Category Awardee, Nominee

Regional Science & Engineering Fair: Special Awards (American Society of Materials International, U.S. Metric Association)

 

Hear from Our Students

"I loved working in the lab and gaining exposure to what it's like to be a student researcher!"

"My PI spent many meetings helping me with my presentation and overseeing my research. My mentors were so patient and allowed me to slowly become independent in the research."

"My mentors were extremely thoughtful, deliberate, and nice in guiding my project and making it an immersive learning experience."