What is it like to work as a scientist? How does a research group work? And what questions do scientists face on a day-to-day basis while driving forward a scientific research project? 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 a cutting-edge research environment is again offered by the Biozentrum to about 15 selected Bachelor students.
The early involvement of students in real-life research has always been a tradition at the Biozentrum. Already the third year block-courses are highly practice oriented. "With the “Biozentrum Research Summer”, we wanted to create a further opportunity for motivated students to experience first-hand what it means to be a researcher, and what an exhilarating experience doing science really is,” says Prof. Flavio Donato, head of the program. And indeed, many of the participants from the past years felt that the internship was a unique chance to step out of the “school mode”, and challenge themselves with the responsibilities that only real lab work present.
The program is open to applicants from biology, but also to interested Bachelor students from the nanosciences, chemistry, physics, computational sciences and related fields. Students from all over Europe will work for seven to nine weeks under the supervision of an experienced scientist in one of the Biozentrum’s research groups. The participants will learn how to exercise their scientific thinking, as well as how to document and present research results and how to deal with different questions in the life sciences. At the core of the program, they will learn different lab techniques. The subject matter of the research projects will be diverse, ranging from structural, computational and cell biology to developmental biology, microbiology, and neurobiology. The participants will also be offered the opportunity to take part to an attractive program of scientific and social events, one of the goals being to bring the participants together to form a group, which is firmly anchored in the Biozentrum.
Interested students can apply until February 28, 2022 at www.biozentrum.unibas.ch/researchsummer.