CSB accepts applications from undergraduate students for summer internships. The internship program is designed for undergraduate students wishing to gain research laboratory experience as part of their further studies in the biological sciences. Students are encouraged to select an area of interest and contact associated faculty members directly with regard to their particular field of research.
CSB is a multidisciplinary research environment with projects available in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Computing, Imaging and related fields. There is often the opportunity to combine an interest in two related fields as many projects traverse disciplines. CSB provides a supportive environment for students to explore their interest in science with real hands on experimental work. It is hoped that following their study in the CSB interns will seriously consider further study in the biological sciences and ultimately professional careers in scientific or medical fields.
Summer internships usually run for 12 weeks from June 1st, although there is scope for negotiation on start/finish dates and total time in the lab. Students wishing to intern for less than 10 weeks, however, will not be considered. Internships are competitive and students are chosen on the basis of their academic record, recommendation from college tutors and personal interview (this may be via telephone if necessary). Successful candidates are expected to conduct supervised research for a minimum of 40 hours per week throughout the 12 week program. Additional hours may be required as determined by the specific project undertaken. Students may not enroll in courses or accept other employment during the internship.
Students are expected to attend weekly laboratory meetings at which they will be required to present their work orally at the end of their 12 week study. In addition attendance at appropriate seminars is expected. Students must maintain an up-to-date record of their work in a laboratory notebook and be prepared to present their data in electronic format at the end of the internship.