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July 08, 2019

Start of “Biozentrum Research Summer” for Bachelor students

On July 8, 2019, the first of 16 Bachelor students will start their summer internship in one of the labs at the Biozentrum. With the "Research Summer" program, which was successfully launched last year, the Biozentrum offers Bachelor students in the sciences the opportunity to immerse themselves, for several weeks, in cutting-edge research projects.

What questions arise in day-to-day scientific research? What is it like to work as a scientist? And how does a research group work? The opportunity to get to the bottom of these questions, to actively participate in everyday research life and to work on a real project in cutting-edge research, is again offered to Bachelor students already at the end of their second year of study.

Sixteen Bachelor students were selected by the research group leaders from over 60 applicants for the “Research Summer 2019”. Half of them are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Biology, the other half are medicine, life sciences engineering, nanosciences and chemistry students. They also represent a colorful mixture with regard to their origin: Some come from the University of Basel, others from Universities in French-speaking Switzerland, England, Spain and Slovenia. Now they have the opportunity to work from seven to nine weeks under the supervision of an experienced scientist in one of the Biozentrum’s research groups. The participants can train their scientific thinking, as well as how to document and present research results and how to deal with different questions in the life sciences. They also learn different lab techniques. The subject matter of the research projects is diverse, ranging from structural, computational and cell biology to developmental biology, microbiology and neurobiology. The participants are also offered an attractive program of exclusive scientific and social events.

"With the Biozentrum Research Summer, we have created a further opportunity for motivated students to experience first-hand research at an even earlier career stage," says Prof. Sebastian Hiller, Chair of the Teaching Committee at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, and head of the program. And indeed, many of the participants of the first year felt that the internship was a unique chance to step out of the «school mode» a little and into a real lab already during their second year of studies.

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