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Life Sciences 

In partnership with Boz Institute, we will offer a unique science research learning experience. Our programs will involve field work, fundamental molecular biology topics, modern laboratory techniques, and relevant bioinformatics and statistical applications. Learn to synthesize life science fundamentals, review literature, formulate hypotheses and design experiments, collect and process samples, execute experiments, analyze data, and showcase your work through poster presentations attended by local scientists and industry leaders.

Some courses are either hybrid or online, as a result of COVID-19.  



SPRING 2022 - Biostatistics and Bioinformatics - ONLINE

Dates: April 4th, 2022 - June 8th, 2022 (Click here to apply)
Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th - 12th grade
Tuition: $2,000
Schedule: 

Mondays and Wednesdays (4:00pm - 6:00pm PST)
Synchronous online teaching
3 hours of work required outside of online lecture

 

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

This course utilizes several environmental science case studies / data sets to introduce students to experimental design, descriptive statistics, biostatistics fundamentals, management of a large gene expression data set, multivariate analysis, and basics bioinformatics concepts and databases.  Data sets are derived from peer-reviewed published literature focused on air pollution. Concepts covered during the first part of the course cover experimental design, biological and technical replicates and statistical power, central limit theorem and Bayes rules / theorem, 1-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and pairwise comparison t-test.  Second part of the course focuses on differential gene expression workflow, data normalization, ANOVA and Mixed-model Analysis of Variance (MANOVA), principal component analysis (PCA), and introduction to Bioinformatics databases (GenBank, UCSC genome browser, David Bioinformatics, STRING) utilizing DNA sequence alignments, gene finding, and differential gene expression analysis. Most of the data during the course will be analyzed using “R”.

Course is available for 4 pre-college units. 

SPRING 2022 - Neurobiology and Epigenetics - HYBRID

Hybrid Course:
Dates: April 5th, 2022 - June 9th, 2022 (Click here to apply)
Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th - 12th grade
Tuition: $3,000
Schedule: 

Tuesdays (4:00pm - 6:00pm PST); Synchronous online teaching
Thursdays (4:00pm - 6:00pm PST); In-person class meeting

3 hours of work required outside of lecture
*Last week of course is fully in-person for final presentations

Location: 

Boz Life Science Research and Teaching Institute
San Diego Science Center
3030 Bunker Hill Street, Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92109-5757

 

Neurobiology and Epigenetics

This course aims to provide students with a proper understanding of the epigenetic and gene regulation modifications that biological organisms can exhibit in response to environmental triggers. The combination of environmental stressors due to climate change and pollution can induce physiological changes in organisms which can complicate various processes such as lifespan, immunity, and metabolism. These alterations that shape environmental responses have the potential to last across multiple generations, where the adaptations may last even after the stress is removed. Correspondent gene regulation changes may be heritable and repeatable, or physiological and diminishable. The brain-specific responses of such are of particular interest, as the metabolic load of the organ is heavily prominent. As females and males have notable variations in their sensitivities to certain stressors, the differences between their multigenerational phenotypes will be compared. Mechanisms of gene regulation will be studied as well as the key epigenetic players that can influence how organisms respond to the environment. This course will incorporate multiple biological research applications, such as nucleic acid extractions, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and sequencing techniques. During this 10-week course, meeting twice weekly, students will work in small teams in the lab to discuss concepts and primary scientific literature, study experimental design, perform research, analyze the data, and prepare a scientific report. The course will conclude with a formal science seminar during which students will present their research in person to a selected audience.

Course is available for 4 pre-college units. 

SUMMER 2022 - Biostatistics and Bioinformatics - ONLINE

Dates: July 5th, 2022 - August 12th, 2022 (Click here to apply)
Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th - 12th grade
Tuition: $2,000
Schedule: 

Tuesdays and Thursdays (9:00am - 11:00am PST)
Synchronous online teaching
4 hours of work required outside of online lecture

 

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

This course utilizes several environmental science case studies / data sets to introduce students to experimental design, descriptive statistics, biostatistics fundamentals, management of a large gene expression data set, multivariate analysis, and basics bioinformatics concepts and databases.  Data sets are derived from peer-reviewed published literature focused on air pollution. Concepts covered during the first part of the course cover experimental design, biological and technical replicates and statistical power, central limit theorem and Bayes rules / theorem, 1-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and pairwise comparison t-test.  Second part of the course focuses on differential gene expression workflow, data normalization, ANOVA and Mixed-model Analysis of Variance (MANOVA), principal component analysis (PCA), and introduction to Bioinformatics databases (GenBank, UCSC genome browser, David Bioinformatics, STRING) utilizing DNA sequence alignments, gene finding, and differential gene expression analysis. Most of the data during the course will be analyzed using “R”.

Course is available for 4 pre-college units. 

SUMMER 2022 - Biodiversity and Molecular Genetics - HYBRID

Hybrid Course:
Dates: July 5th, 2022 - August 12th, 2022 (Click here to apply)
Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th - 12th grade
Tuition: $3,000
Schedule: Monday - Thursday (first class is Tuesday, July 5th)

Mondays and Thursdays (2:00pm - 4:00pm PST); Synchronous online teaching
Tuesdays and Wednesdays (2:00pm - 6:00pm PST); In-person class meeting at the lab (San Diego Science Center. See location below)

4-6 hours of work required outside of lecture
*Final poster session on Friday, August 12th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm 

Location: 

Boz Life Science Research and Teaching Institute
San Diego Science Center
3030 Bunker Hill Street, Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92109-5757

 

Biodiversity and Molecular Genetics 

Which genetic differences underline awesome diversity of animals? What is genetically shared and what is unique among evolutionary distant animals? How closely related are you to them?  In this research-immersion course you will explore and analyze various organisms to better understand and appreciate biodiversity on anatomical, morphological, and genetic levels, tracing back animals’ evolutionary connections.  You will apply evolutionary and molecular biology concepts, extract DNA from multiple species (sea urchins, abalone, worms, insects, fish, and yourself …), sequence genes critical for metabolism and adaptation, calculate mutation rates, and infer evolutionary distance between animals. This course is a mix of evolutionary biology, standard and advanced molecular biology / gene sequencing techniques, and bioinformatics analysis. Part of the course complements the ongoing research project in partnership with National Park Service, which utilizes environmental DNA (eDNA) methodology to better understand the adaptive mechanisms and responses to environmental stressors of Southern California endangered black abalone population. During the 6-weeks in-person course meeting twice weekly, students will work in small teams in the lab to discuss concepts and primary scientific literature, design experiments, perform research, analyze the data, and prepare a scientific report. The course will conclude with the formal science seminar during which students will present their research in-person to a selected audience.

Course is available for 3 pre-college units. 

SUMMER 2022 - Neurobiology and Epigenetics - HYBRID

Hybrid Course:
Dates: July 5th, 2022 - August 12th, 2022 (Click here to apply)
Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th - 12th grade
Tuition: $3,000
Schedule: Monday - Thursday (first class is Tuesday, July 5th)

Mondays and Thursdays (10:00am - 12:00pm PST); Synchronous online teaching
Tuesdays and Wednesdays (9:00am - 1:00pm PST); In-person class meeting at the lab (San Diego Science Center. See location below)

4-6 hours of work required outside of lecture
*Final poster session on Friday, August 12th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm 

Location: 

Boz Life Science Research and Teaching Institute
San Diego Science Center
3030 Bunker Hill Street, Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92109-5757

 

Neurobiology and Epigenetics

This course aims to provide students with a proper understanding of the epigenetic and gene regulation modifications that biological organisms can exhibit in response to environmental triggers. The combination of environmental stressors due to climate change and pollution can induce physiological changes in organisms which can complicate various processes such as lifespan, immunity, and metabolism. These alterations that shape environmental responses have the potential to last across multiple generations, where the adaptations may last even after the stress is removed. Correspondent gene regulation changes may be heritable and repeatable, or physiological and diminishable. The brain-specific responses of such are of particular interest, as the metabolic load of the organ is heavily prominent. As females and males have notable variations in their sensitivities to certain stressors, the differences between their multigenerational phenotypes will be compared. Mechanisms of gene regulation will be studied as well as the key epigenetic players that can influence how organisms respond to the environment. This course will incorporate multiple biological research applications, such as nucleic acid extractions, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and sequencing techniques. During this 10-week course, meeting twice weekly, students will work in small teams in the lab to discuss concepts and primary scientific literature, study experimental design, perform research, analyze the data, and prepare a scientific report. The course will conclude with a formal science seminar during which students will present their research in person to a selected audience.

Course is available for 4 pre-college units. 

Other Program Information

Life Sciences Application

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

Life Sciences Acceptance

Students will be notified of acceptance within 10 days of submitting their application until the program is full.

Life Sciences Cancellation/Refund Policies

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation or withdrawal for any reason 2 weeks prior to the course start date.

Refunds for cancellation or withdrawal after the 2 weeks deadline 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.

 

HOW TO REQUEST A REFUND

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.

COVID Policies

For our students attending in-person programs, please keep in mind that all students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (or submit an exemption) two weeks before arriving on campus for work or classes, per University of California policy. Public health is a collective effort. The UC San Diego community is expected to follow campus safety requirements to help prevent infection. These include masking indoors, daily symptom and exposure screening, testing, and vaccination.

To Learn More About UCSD’s Covid Policies and Return to Learn Updates please visit: UCSD Return To Learn

*If UCSD changes their policy on covid, we will shift our in-person courses to online.