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Bioengineering

Summer 2021 online BOAT and ROW courses, and Fall 2021/Winter 2022 SHIP courses are finalized! Applications are being accepted! 

June 14-25, 2021*   Mammalian Cell & Tissue Culture
June 21-25, 2021*   BioImaging & 3D-Printing
June 28-July 2, 2021*  BioMechanics & MechanoBiology
July 12-Aug 6, 2021**  BioEngineering Introduction to Research

* full time: M-F 9a-12n & 1p-4p
** half time: M,W,F 12n-1p; Tu,Th 9a-12n

The UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering and UC San Diego Extension are pleased to offer remote courses to high school students who are excelling in scholarship and would like to explore Bioengineering. For Summer 2021, the course offerings are based on fun, experiential, enlightening, 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 propose, conduct, and present a Bioengineering research project in an individual setting. The project is typically suitable for a Science/Engineering Fair.

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 Summer 2021 courses have been developed to be done at home due to COVID19. 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 lecture and work sessions on weekdays. In case of conflicts, students will be able to view session recordings.

Since 2019, >150 students have taken the courses, including >125 students from Summer 2020 - Spring 2021 in >10 remote sessions of six courses. Testimonials from 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, 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 to be offered in Summer 2021 are Mammalian Cell & Tissue Culture (MCTC), BioImaging and 3D Printing (BI3DP), and BioMechanics & MechanoBiology (BMMB). Each course uses custom lab kits, has Pre-lab planning exercises, Results acquisition and analyses, and post-lab Discussions. These programs provide general science and engineering foundations and enable a guided research project in BE-ROW (Section II, below).

 

Mammalian Cell & Tissue Culture (MCTC)

Program Dates: June 14 - 25, 2021 (Click here to apply)

Engineer Biology!  Students obtain (A) hands-on skills of mammalian cell isolation, and cell and tissue culture, and (B) background knowledge of how such methods are used to investigate diseases and develop new therapies. Students learn (1) the basis for cell and tissue growth, (2) how to mathematically describe cell growth, (3) how to grow and analyze cells, and (4) how to develop new therapies with such cultures. Students will learn from professionals in academia and industry about how these techniques are used to discover and produce new biological therapies for human disease.

In their home “lab”, students learn to (1) plan, prepare, and deliver solutions to propagate mammalian cells, (2) visualize and obtain digital light microscope images of cells, tissues, and cultures, (3) create disease models, 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 culture media for mammalian cell growth responses, in collaboration with a research lab.

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

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

BioImaging & 3D-Printing (BI3DP)

Program Dates: June 21 - 25, 2021 (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 price of tuition.* All kits must be returned. Miscellaneous items to be purchased locally are ~$50.

 

BioMechanics & MechanoBiology (BMMB)

Program Dates: June 28 – July 2, 2021 (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. 

Fees and Qualifications

MCTC Tuition - $2,500 each session (for additional miscellaneous items, see above) 
BI3DP Tuition - $1,250 each session (for additional miscellaneous items, see above) 
BMMB Tuition - $1,250 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 program.

Minimum GPA - 3.0

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

  • Monday - Friday
  • 9a-12p and 1p-4p PST via live Zoom sessions

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

II. BioEngineering Research Orientation Workshop (BE-ROW)

BE-ROW provides High School Scholars with the opportunity to learn about and experience the research process. In Summer 2021, the BE-ROW course will be half-time for 4 weeks. BE-ROW normally follows (requires as a pre-requisite) completion of one BE-BOAT foundation course.

Introduction to Bioengineering Research (BEI2R)

Program Dates: July 12 - Aug 6, 2021 (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 conduct independent research.

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 program

Minimum GPA - 3.0

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

Academic Schedule - Students can expect 15 (10-20) hours of work every week:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12n-1p (live Zoom session)
  • Tuesday, Thursday 9a-12n (live Zoom session)

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) a research proposal; and (B) conducting and reporting on the project. BERP-A normally follows (requires as pre-requisites) one BE-BOAT foundation course and the BE-ROW course, BEI2R. Students in the San Diego area may be able to match to a lab to conduct research in person; other students will plan and conduct a research project to be done at home (similar to 2020-21).

BioEngineering Research Project A – Proposal (BERP-A) 

Program Dates: Sep 27 - Nov 15, 2021 (8 weeks) (Click here to apply)

Plan a Bioengineering Research Project!  Students work 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.

BioEngineering Research Project B – Research (BERP-B)

Program Dates: Jan 10 - Mar 7, 2022 (8 weeks) (Click here to apply)

Conduct a Bioengineering Research Project!  Students conduct their proposed research project with a Bioengineering lab. 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 each session (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 program

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 - live zoom sessions
  • 1-2 hours discussion with research assistant(s) - live zoom session
  • 3-6 hours of homework

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.

Testimonials

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."