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2018 Undergraduate Research Experience (URE)
URE Application Components
Only complete applications will be reviewed. No paper applications will be accepted.
Complete applications include:
- Completed online application
- One page resume (PDF)
- Unofficial transcripts from ALL colleges and universities you’ve attended (PDF)
- Three short answer responses
- One personal statement
- Two online recommendations
Before You Apply
We recommend that you complete, edit, and finalize your short answers and personal statement before you begin the online application for URE18. The application must be completed in one sitting. Please prepare all of your materials before beginning the application.
Gather the following information from each of your recommenders: full name, title, e-mail address, and phone number.
Save ALL your unofficial transcripts from each college/university that you have attended as separate PDF files. Converting transcripts to PDF:
- Option 1: Print out your transcripts and scan them using a printer that allows you to save your scans as PDF.
- Option 2: Take screenshots of your unofficial transcripts, add and order the screenshots into a Microsoft Word document, save the document as a PDF.
Note: Each college/university’s transcript should be a separate PDF file.
Short Answer and Personal Statement Prompts
Short Answers (150 words or less per question):
- Please discuss any volunteer activities, class projects, or other research experiences that have prepared you for the Undergraduate Research Experience. Feel free to list any honors, awards, prizes, or recognition that you have received from your college.
- Briefly discuss how you manage your time outside of classes and completing homework.
- Describe any involvement in extracurricular activities, family responsibilities, work, and/or community service you have done over the past two years.
- What are your expectations of the Undergraduate Research Experience? What do you expect from your mentor, your lab mates, and the larger research community? How do you expect to contribute?
In 500 words or less, your personal statement should describe why you want to participate in the Undergraduate Research Experience, and answer these questions:
- What are your short-term and long-term goals?
- How will this research opportunity help you achieve your goals?
- How has your background led you to pursue these goals?
- What do you hope to accomplish through your participation in the program?
Once you have all your materials ready, you may begin your application belowApply Today
Recognizing the lack of licensure or industry-recognized standards for entry-level laboratory workers, the California Life Sciences and Biotech Initiative have worked with industry and faculty statewide to create an Employability Milestone for hands-on laboratory skills.
Graduates from California Community Colleges Life Sciences/Biotech Programs have completed a minimum of 200 hands-on laboratory training hours and other educational experience to build the core competencies listed below.
Core Technical Competencies for Laboratory Personnel
Students who complete have demonstrated the ability to:
- Communicate using scientific vocabulary common to the biotechnology industry.
- Explain underlying scientific concepts for common laboratory techniques.
- Apply scientific knowledge to explain common biotechnological laboratory techniques.
- Perform common laboratory mathematical calculations.
- Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) and/or understand and follow written procedures.
- Explain the principles of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) including documentation equipment validation procedures.
- Maintain appropriate workplace standard documentation such as laboratory notebooks or batch records.
- Demonstrate the ability to perform laboratory protocols with workplace standard safety, efficacy while keeping work environments clean and orderly.
- Demonstrate an operational understanding of safety regulations such as OSHA and MSDS.
- Collect and report data using appropriate software and formats.
- Apply appropriate CAPA (Corrective and Preventative Actions) and associated analyses in troubleshooting experiments.
Core Cultural Competencies for Laboratory Personnel
Students who complete have participated in activities that demonstrate the importance of:
- Participation in project teams
- Time management, punctuality, and adherence to deadlines
- Effective oral and written communication of laboratory activities and results
- Business communication such as e-mails, resumes, and cover letters
- Integrity in the workplace
Hands-On Skills Training
Students who complete the program have participated in hands-on training that includes at least 4 semester units (~200 hours) of:
- General Laboratory Techniques: microscopy, spectrophotometry, chromatography, gel filtration, electrophoresis etc., aseptic technique (prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells), GLP/GMP, and good documentation practices. [min. 10 hours each]
- Solution, buffer and media preparation: preparation of percent and molar solutions, accurate measurement of volume with pipettors, graduated cylinders etc., dilutions (serial and non-serial), measurement of pH, sterilization of solutions (filtration, autoclave, etc.). [min. 15 hours each]
- Introduction to Protein Chemistry: Purifications, characterization, and quantification of proteins by techniques such as spectrophotometers, electrophoresis, column chromatography, ELISA and Western Blot. [min. 5 hours each]
- Introduction to Nucleic Acid Chemistry: DNA Isolation and characterization by agarose gel electrophoresis, restriction digestion and PCR. [min. 5 hours each]