Biomedical Workshop at CSN

Biomedical Exploration Workshop at CSN

Biomedical Exploration Workshop
  • Purpose of the Program[+]
    The Biomedical Exploration Workshop is a five week summer program offered at the College of Southern Nevada. It is designed to give students the opportunity to explore different career options in the biomedical sciences, and gain exposure to the environments in which they would be working.

    A secondary aim of the program is to help students expand their academic abilities, primarily in reading, math and laboratory skills to help prepare them for their upper division science courses.
  • Program Details[+]
    The workshop begins on June 8 and continues through July 10, 2015 . Students will meet Monday through Friday from 9am -1pm each day. This summer students will have a choice of attending the workshop at the West Charleston campus or at the Cheyenne campus of CSN , as they designate in the online application.

    Each week the students will meet with outside speakers from various fields of study in the biomedical sciences such as medical researchers, forensic scientists, nurses, doctors etc. Fridays will involve field trips to various research and medical facilities to observe possible work environments and network with people in the profession. Transportation to off-campus facilities are by personal vehicle or carpooling. Transportation will be provided for those without cars.
    The program will also consist of academic activities in reading and math followed by laboratory experiments that focus on developing molecular biological techniques, such as DNA fingerprinting, gene cloning, bacterial identification etc
  • Application Information[+]

    Who can apply?

    Any legal resident of the U.S. who is currently enrolled in Biology 101, 189, or 196 this semester OR who has completed Biology 101, 189, or 196 within the past year.
    Women, Minorities, and First Generation College students are encouraged to apply. Fifty students will be accepted to the program for the Summer of 2015.
    Applications are due April 3rd, 2015.

    What do I need to apply?
    Before filling out and submitting the application, you will need the following:

    1. General personal information.
    2. Short essay (100-1000 words) describing your educational background and interests, including why you would like to participate in the Biomedical Exploration Workshop. You can paste this information directly into the application.
    3. The name of a college instructor that you are using as a reference.
    4. A digital file of your official or unofficial transcripts that can be attached to the application.

    A complete online application must be submitted by April 3rd, 2015.
    If the applying online is not possible please contact the director of the program for additional options.
  • Stipend[+]
    Upon completion of the program, students will be given a stipend of $1,400 to help defray the costs of participant’s time.
  • Instructors[+]
    This summer the instructors for the program are:
    • Matthew Mahrt, M.S.
    • Pamela Lum Ph.D.
    • Sonja Djuricin, Ph. D
    • Shannon Larson, M.S.
    • Carrie Preite, Ph.D.
    • Patrick Villa, Ph.D.
    • Chelsey McKenna, Ph.D.
    All of the instructors are faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences or Mathematics at CSN.


Dr. Sonja Burd
Email: email
Phone: (702) 651-4402 ;
College of Southern Nevada, Sort Code CYS221, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave, Las Vegas NV, 89030
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Supported by a grant from the National Center for Research Resources (5P20RR016464-11) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (8P20GM103440-11)
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