Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Summer Research Program for Undergraduate Life Science Students, Switzerland (Fully Funded)

The Summer Research Program in Life Sciences and Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), will offer an intensive research training opportunity to 25 undergraduate students interested in research careers in life sciences.
Each student will gain hands-on lab experience under the supervision of an EPFL Faculty from one of our institutes.
  • Brain Mind Instutute (BMI)
  • Institute of Bioengineering (IBI)
  • Global Health Institute (GHI)
  • Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC)
The SRP is made up of several parts and the student must participate in each one.
  • Two months of lab work (40 hours/week)
  • Friday Seminars/workshops
  • Closing Student Symposium
  • Social Events
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  • A financial compensation for living and housing expenses are provided for all successful candidates.
  • The majority of travel expenses are covered by program sponsors and the School of Life Sciences. Students are asked to make their own travel arrangements and the SRP coordinator will reimburse the amount once the program starts. In general, up to 1,000 CHF for overseas travel and up to 500 CHF for European travel is covered.
  • Housing is provided in the Lausanne/Geneva area for the duration of the program.
  • Students must ensure that they have a valid health and theft insurance.
  • Some funding is available for an excursion and/or social event.
  • More information about award visit HERE

Program Benefit:
  • Gain hands-on research experience and training in cutting-edge research
  • Be a member of a research lab working at the forefront of science, medicine and biotechnology.
  • Put classroom learning into action to solve actual research problems in the laboratory.
  • Improve critical thinking skills by evaluating scientific information, designing experiments and testing hypotheses.
  • Prepare for future independent research projects and advanced research in graduate school.
  • Experience the excitement and challenges of scientific research gaining insight into what a research career entails.

To be considered for the program, applicants:
  • Must be enrolled in a degree program in biology, bio-physics, chemistry, bio-engineering, bio-informatics, quantitative biology, genetics courses or a similar life sciences program and plan on pursuing a career in the life sciences. Basic Life Sciences background is essential. Previous lab experience is a plus.
  • Must be in good standing with a GPA equivalent to a 3.75/4.0 (5.25/6) grade or higher and should have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate coursework by the summer of 2019. (If your university does not use a 4 point scale, then include an explanation of the your grading scale with your motivation letter. Differences in grading scales will be taken into consideration.
  • Participants usually come from the top 5% of their class and have some research experience. Their essays show passion and motivation!
  • 1st year master's students are also eligible, but we mostly aim at undergraduates. (Undergraduate means the first 4 years of university training usually towards a bachelor's degree.)
  • Please keep in mind that last year, we received over 600 applications! This unfortunately makes the acceptance rate very low. We will announce the selected participants 2 to 3 weeks after the deadline on by email.

Additional Requirements:
The intensive nature of the program requires full-time commitment (~40 hours/week) from the participants. All the participants are required to attend all scheduled events and activities related to the program. Therefore, participants may not attend another summer school or commit to other activities during the duration of this program that could interfere with their work. Students must be present the entire length of the program. Most weekends are free for your own enjoyment. 
How to Apply:
Please visit HERE for appyling 
31 January 2019