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Summer STUDENT Research Program
Program Curriculum

Summary of important dates:

Now Available Applications Available for download
February 9, 2018

High School Applications & Recommendation Letters Due

February 23, 2018 Undergraduate Applications & Recommendation Letters Due
Thank you for your 2018 applications.
Information regarding status in the program will be sent out shortly.
First week of March High School Award Notification
Mid-March 2018 Undergraduate Award Notification
Early April High School Program Pre-Orientation
June 11, 2018 Administrative Orientation: 9:30 am -11:00 am (required for all students)
June 11, 2018 Safety Training
June 18, 2018 Program Orientation: All Day (required for all students)
June 19, 2018 Safety Training: Make-up
June 27, 2018 Written Research Plan Due due by 4:00 P.M
June 28, 2018 Student Photo Day: All Students must be present
July 5, 2018 Personal Statement for Program Guide due by 3:00 P.M
July 18, 2018 Abstract due by 4:00 P.M.
August 10, 2018 Summer Student Research Symposium: All Day (required for all students)

There will be an all-day program orientation for summer interns on June 18th. Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served.

Agenda to include:

  • Introduction and overview by Co-Directors and Leadership Team
  • Keynote lecture 
  • Explanation of curriculum

Safety Training
For all students who will be working with mentors in a basic science laboratory, a mandatory Safety Training with CHORI Safety Officer, Miriam Fang. Students are required to complete this training BEFORE beginning their projects.

Meetings with Off-Site Mentors
June 13, 10:00 am - 11:30 -
Students with mentors at UCB will travel to UCB campus along with the Co-Director to meet with their mentors.

June 13, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Mentor Meet and Greet

June 13, 1:30 – 2:30 am - Students with mentors at UCSF will travel to UCSF campus along with the Co-Director to meet with their mentors.

Research Project:
The student will conduct research with assigned mentor. The details of project and research plan are left entirely to the individual mentor and each summer intern will follow the procedures, and schedule, laid out by their respective labs.

Submit Written Research Plan:
Students must submit to the Program Coordinator a written Research Plan outlining their project. The Research Plan should be 3 pages long and include:

  • Statement of hypothesis
  • Specific aims
  • Background
  • Methods
  • Anticipated outcome of project

Students will work closely with their mentor in the preparation of these reports, and mentors should review and approve the reports before submission. Figures, flow charts and schematics may be used to illustrate the research plan. The written report will be sent to:, and must include student’s name, mentor’s name and the title of the project.

Weekly Lectures: Current Topics in Health and Disease
Students are required to attend weekly lectures every Thursday afternoon during the program delivered by CHORI, BCHO, UCB and UCSF faculty members. The lectures will cover various scientific topics, as well as discussions regarding  women’s and minority’s issues, career planning, how to read and review literature, scientific ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research.

Students will work closely with their mentors in the preparation of abstracts concisely summarizing their work. A committee comprised of the Director, Co-Directors and other leading members of the CHORI scientific community will review the abstracts for the Symposium. Abstracts will be considered for either presentation in an oral format or as a poster.

CHORI Summer Student Symposium
A one-day scientific conference style symposium will be held on the last Friday of the program. All students are required to participate and present the findings of their summer research. Breakfast, Lunch and dessert are served. Family members, teachers, lab members and friends are welcome to attend. At the end of the symposium, students who successfully complete the program are awarded a certificate of completion.

Modified: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 10:09 AM

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