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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 2021-22, 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 2021-22 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 Fall 2021 are Tissues Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERM) and BioMechanics & MechanoBiology (BMMB), and that scheduled for Winter 2022 is BioImaging and 3D Printing (BI3DP). 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).

 

Session 1: BioMechanics & MechanoBiology (BMMB)

Program Dates: Saturday, Oct 2 - Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 (8 weeks) (Click here to apply)
Moving is Living !  Students obtain (A) hands-on skills of BioMechanics and MechanoBiology and (B) background knowledge of how such techniques are used. Students learn (1) the basis for the shape, size, support, and movement of the body, (2) how to mathematically model load-bearing scenarios, (3) how to stretch, compress, bend, and break biological structures, and (4) how to assess tissue responses to mechanical stimuli.

In their home “lab”, students 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.

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

Session 2: Tissues Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERM)

Program Dates: Saturday, Oct 2 - Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 (8 weeks) (Click here to apply)
Engineer Biology & Health ! Students obtain (A) hands-on skills of mammalian cell isolation, tissue fabrication, and tissue culture, and (B) background knowledge of how such methods are used to bioengineer new therapies. Students learn (1) the basis for cell and tissue growth, remodeling, healing, deterioration, and fabrication, (2) how to mathematically describe cell and tissue growth, (3) how to grow cells and fabricate tissues, and (4) how to develop therapies with such cultures.

In their home “lab”, students learn to (1) plan, prepare, and deliver solutions to propagate mammalian cells and grow tissues, (2) fabricate 3-D tissue surrogates, (3) visualize and obtain digital light microscope images of cells, tissues, and cultures, and (4) analyze images and biochemical assays to assess cell and tissue growth in response to different stimuli. Students will use standard equipment including micropipettes, serological pipets, culture plates, and digital light microscopes for cell and tissue cultures. Students will prepare and test solutions and analyze growth responses, in collaboration with a research lab.

After TERM, students will have core skills and knowledge of mammalian cell and tissue culture and fabrication. These approaches are 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. Those interested in exploring careers in Biological and BioMedical Sciences, BioTechnology, and BioEngineering are encouraged to apply.

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

Session 3: BioImaging & 3D-Printing (BI3DP)

Program Dates: Saturday, Jan 22 - Sunday, March 13, 2022 (8 weeks) (Click here to apply)
The imaging and 3D printing revolution is under way! Students 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.

Fees and Qualifications

Tuition - $2,500 each session (for additional miscellaneous items, see above)

* 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 Schedule - Students can expect 4-10 hours of work every week:

  • # 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 availablity

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

II. BioEngineering Research Orientation Workshop (BE-ROW)

Session 1: Introduction to Bioengineering Research (BEI2R)

Program Dates: Saturday, Apr 2 - Sunday, May 22, 2022 (8 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.

Fees and Qualifications

Tuition - $2,500

*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 Schedule - Students can expect 4 -10 hours of work every week:

  • # 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 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.

Session 1:  BioEngineering Research Project A – Proposal (BERP-A)

Program Dates: Saturday, Oct 2 - Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 (Click here to apply)
Plan a Bioengineering Research Project!  Students collaborate with a Bioengineering research lab to propose a Design or Science internship project, suitable for completion in the next quarter. Projects will build upon foundation knowledge from a pre-requisite BOAT course. Students will progress through literature review, problem or question definition; study design, and pilot studies in order to create the proposal. The project proposal can be coordinated to enable application to a Science and Engineering Fair.

Session 2: 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."