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Course Objective


The Minority Undergraduate Student Initiative for Biomedical Research (USIBR) program at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is intended to expose minority community college  students interested in science to cutting-edge imaging technology.  Participants will have lectures given by UCI Faculty in:


  • Microscopy

  • Optics 

  • Computational data analysis 

  • Instrumentation design 

  • Simulations/modeling 

  • Advanced imaging method


Program Details

This program will allow students to have interactive research experience and training on state with Laser scanning microscopes at the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics (LFD).


Number of Students: 12-15 undergraduate students will be selected.

Program Description: A week long program held at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Participants will attend lectures and have hands on practical experience. Students will work in small groups on a research project to complete during the program. On the final day each group will present their research project summarizing their results and findings. 


Selection Process: Students will need to submit an application by May 27, 2015. Although all community college students are welcome to apply, this program will give priority to students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math as defined by NSF*. 


Lunch: Lunch will be provided.


Instruments Used: All instruments selected for the research projects are housed or owned by the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics(



Contact Us


Dr. Michelle Digman
Assistant Professor
University of California, Irvine
Dept. Biomedical Engineering
3120 Natural Sciences II
Irvine CA 92697-2715








Application Details 
Application: Registration and participation is free. Each student will be provided with a student ID, waiver forms to sign for work in the labs, and lab safety training.


Deadline:  May 27th, 2015



  •  Must be an registered undergraduate student

  •  Must have a GPA≥3.0

  •  Priority will be given to underrepresented* minority students

  •  Students must be willing to attend all 5 days of the program

  •  Must be interested in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Systems Biology,​​  Biophysics, and/or Biomedical Engineering

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