The BioCORE Scholars program is a new initiative of the Biology department, under the direction of Dr. Elena Brezynski. The goals of the BioCORE Scholars Program are to promote academic success, career discernment, create peer and community networks, gain research experience, and develop Peer Mentor leaders for future BioCORE Scholars.
Scholars participate in weekly workshops, quarterly seminars with professionals from around the Seattle area, and other networking events. Scholars also participate in a one-week research internship, conducting independent research with SPU Biology faculty.
Applications will be solicited during Autumn quarter of each year.
Learn more about the BioCORE Scholars Program
(Many thanks to David Rither in Educational Technology & Media for creating this video.)
BioCORE Scholars and Mentors
BioCORE Scholars 2016 cohort
Meet our 2017 BioCORE Scholars. They are listed left to right: Laarni Aguila, Ngan Dang, Bereket Kassa, Jennifer Tung, Loretta Awiapo (Learning Assistant), Nate Cook, Menna Hailemariam, Jess Cayetano (Peer Mentor), Tsedenya Kebede, Antavea Green, Ketsia Kahambwe and Dassni Rodriguez (Peer Mentor). Also in the BioCORE Scholars Program but not pictured: Trevon Rathbun and Kaylin Chea-McGee.
Other photos from the welcome party: participants, Welcome cake
BioCORE Scholars Research Week
Research students and project descriptions
During the week of June 12-16, 2017, seven BioCORE Scholars participated in independent research with three Biology faculty. The week culminated in a symposium, in which scholars presented their results to the SPU community. In four days, the scholars accomplished an impressive amount of work - developing an understanding of their project, learning and troubleshooting experimental techniques, and collecting data.
The 2016 Symposium featured presentations from Anita Karr and Hayley Cheney Kane (working with Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler), Simone Neal and Cienn Joyeux (working with Dr. Janet Bester-Meredith) and Adelaine Buenavista and Leslie Rodriguez-Salas (working with Dr. Jenny Tenlen). The Symposium was attended by a number of SPU faculty and staff, including SPU President Dan Martin.