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July 09, 2018

Start of “Biozentrum Research Summer” for Bachelor students

On July 9, 2018, the first of 19 Bachelor students will start their summer internship in one of the labs at the Biozentrum. With the new "Research Summer" program, 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 offered for the first time to Bachelor students already at the end of their second year of study. 

Nineteen Bachelor students were selected by the research group leaders from over 100 applicants for the “Research Summer 2018”. One-third of the students are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Biology, and one-third each come from other Bachelor studies in Basel and from other Universities in Switzerland and abroad. Now they have the possibility to work from 6 to 8 weeks under the supervision of an experienced scientist in one of the Biozentrum’s research groups. The participants will not only train their scientific thinking, but also how to document and present research results and how to deal with different questions in the life sciences. Furthermore, they will learn different lab techniques and participate in an attractive program of exclusive scientific and social events.

"With the new Biozentrum Research Summer internship program, we want to offer motivated students the opportunity to experience first-hand research at an even earlier career stage than they already do," says Prof. Sebastian Hiller, Chair of the Teaching Committee at the Biozentrum, University of Basel and head of the new program. "Of course, the Biozentrum has also looked after trainees in the past," says Hiller. "However, with the launch of the Biozentrum Research Summer program, we can better meet the needs of this student group and create a larger number of internship places."