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For REU programs, whose mission is often to provide research opportunities to those that traditionally lack such opportunities and experience, getting off to a good start is critical for a successful summer. In our REU in Cellular Bioengineering, students participate in a two-day boot camp during the first week on the program. We have found that the Boot Camp significantly improves participants’ pre- to post-Boot Camp confidence in their abilities for routine laboratory skills in pipetting, preparation of solutions, cell culture, imaging, and image analysis. Importantly, this confidence was retained and often improved between the Boot Camp and the end of the program, which indicates that the Boot Camp activities were consistent with the laboratory research.

Below you will find some information about the Cellular Bioengineering Boot Camp.