The Summer Transfer Ahead Research Training (START) Program offers an introductory research experience at UC San Diego to incoming transfer students the summer prior to their first fall quarter at UC San Diego.
The information below pertains to the 2016 START Program. Information about the 2017 START Program will be available soon.
What you'll learn
START’s primary goal is to introduce participants to current biological research, and to provide training in useful laboratory tools as well as quantitative data analysis and modeling.
START is designed to help transfer students in obtaining laboratory internships at UCSD, which are a key component of a successful undergraduate experience for Biology majors at UC San Diego.
During your first quarter at UCSD, you'll will work with program faculty and staff to obtain lab placements at UC San Diego and to explore graduate and professional opportunities in biological sciences.
Examples of possible techniques (will vary each summer) include:
Tissue/ cell dissection
Immunofluorescence and histology
Single cell imaging
Intracellular and extracellular electrophysiology
Modeling and bioinformatics tools
Morning lectures introduce participants to on-going research in the biological and biomedical sciences, as well as bioengineering. Afternoons will be spent in the lab. Students will also learn how to read and discuss primary research literature and create research presentations.
Students will also participate in several components of the Summer Research Program (SRP), which provides professional development activities.
Participants in the START Program will receive a stipend during the 6-week summer program.
The program continues during the academic school year as well, with periodic meetings and additional activities.
2016 program details
Dates: June 19-July 29, 2016
Program application deadline: May 27, 2016
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; it is therefore advantageous to have a complete application submitted as soon as possible. The FINAL DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ALL MATERIALS IS MAY 27TH, 2016.
The START Program consists of a 6-week laboratory research experience. The program begins with a 3-week introduction to cellular and electrophysiological techniques, and gives participants exposure to lab culture and allows them to learn some basic methods and experimental techniques. After the introductory period, START scholars will learn how to use bioinformatics tools to explore large genomic and transcriptomic databases and will participate in annotating new genomes. In the final 2 weeks, projects to test the proposed annotations and to assay tissue expression will be designed and carried by the participants with the help of faculty.
The START Program involves intensive work during the course of the summer. Accordingly, participants cannot work or take summer classes during the program.
Due to funding guidelines, participants in the START Program must be either a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident.
Applicants for the START Program are also strongly encouraged to apply to the Summer Transfer Academy. That program offers courses that contribute significantly to the fulfillment of the lower-division coursework requirements for Biology majors.
How to apply
START is designed for undergraduate transfer students who have a very strong interest in research, and also have:
Taken introductory lecture and lab courses in Biology
An interest in quantitative/ modeling methods
An educational goal of applying to graduate or professional school after graduating from UC San Diego
You're particularly encouraged to apply if you are:
From a group that is underrepresented in Bio STEM areas (biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, neuroscience)
A first-generation college student
In order to apply, you must complete the online application. You must also have two recommendations submitted. At least one of these recommendations should come from a science teacher who can recommend you for a summer research program. Using the form below will allow you to submit the contact information for your recommenders; they will then automatically receive an email with instructions on how to complete the recommendation form. You should talk with potential recommenders before you submit their information. You are strongly encouraged to submit the Request for Recommendation form as soon as possible so that your recommenders receive the necessary information. You may submit the Request for Recommendation form even if you have not yet completed the main Application form.
Both the Application and two Recommendation Forms must be received for the application to be considered.
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Summer Transfer Ahead Research Training (START) Program