DiaMonD-UREKA International Summer Research Exchange

The DiaMonD-UREKA program is not currently accepting applications for 2012

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The Diagnostics for Monitoring Disease-Undergraduate Research Experience & Knowledge Award (DiaMondD-UREKA) program is a summer international exchange program seeking undergraduate science and engineering majors who are interested in pursuing a research experience in Biomedical Diagnostics overseas. The program is designed to enrich the academic experience of undergraduates in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) disciplines from UCSB and from Dublin City University (DCU). The exchange places students from both schools in a 10-week summer program where they gain valuable experience at a research institution abroad. UCSB students travel to Ireland to the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at DCU and DCU students come here to the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) at the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI), UCSB.

BDI Research Overview

The BDI's scientific challenge lies primarily in creating miniaturized systems in which the presence of low concentrations of target biomarkers can be detected reliably in small volumes of biological samples. The development of these diagnostics devices requires the integration of a range of scientific and engineering disciplines and the structure and culture of the BDI has been designed to optimize such integration and convergence.

Program Benefits

The DiaMonD-UREKA program This internship program will send Science and Engineering majors from UCSB to the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at Dublin City University in Ireland for a 10-week summer research experience. Interns will gain first-hand experience in scientific investigation in a dynamic, collaborative research environment and enjoy the overall experience of being abroad. Participating students will be matched individually with designated mentors, working in collaboration throughout the program.

  • Students are paid a $3000 stipend for the 10-week research program.
  • Housing, travel and living expenses are provided!
  • The DiaMonD-UREKA program will start on Monday, June 13, 2011.
  • Students will spend 10 weeks conducting a research project in a laboratory within the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute at DCU.
  • Students will also attend weekly workshops that include the following topics: Communication Skills, Presentation Skills and Report Writing, Intellectual Property and Commercialization of Research, Career Development, Ethics and Science Communication, as well as a journal club and visits to industry relevant companies.
  • Students will present their work at a one-day symposium on August 19, 2011.