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2022 Buck Institute Summer Internship

The Buck Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to investigate insights into the critical molecular and biological drivers of aging as well as translation of that research into new therapies which will improve healthspan. Summer Scholar participants will conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, macular degeneration, heart disease, and diabetes. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Summer Scholar will be responsible for his or her own research project. The Program emphasizes both laboratory and communication skills training to develop well-rounded future scientists, healthcare professionals, and policy makers.
The Summer Scholars Program is unique among internship programs with its focus on the development of scientific communication as well as laboratory and critical thinking skills. Throughout the summer, students participating in the program will be guided through writing assignments that simulate research explanations scientists often must provide other scientists, financial supporters, or the general public. The communication training will culminate with presentations of their work to peers, mentors, and other scientists. Other program highlights include a flexible start date and eligibility for international students (via CPT) and graduating seniors to participate.
Program Learning Objectives:
1. Plan and execute an independent research project.
2. Learn new technical skills.
3. Learn how to explain scientific concepts to a non-scientific audience.
4. Learn how to write a simple grant proposal.
5. Give a formal research presentation to scientists.