BioCORE Scholars Program

The BioCORE Scholars Program at Seattle Pacific University supports first generation students and those traditionally underrepresented in biological and biomedical sciences. This leadership program works to build community, promote academic success, and create mentoring networks. BioCORE scholars participate in weekly study workshops and perform authentic research during a summer internship at SPU. In addition, scholars are paired with peer and faculty mentors and network with professional scientists in quarterly pizza meetings.

Applications for the next cohort of BioCORE Scholars will be available in Fall 2019.

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Learn more about the BioCORE Scholars Program

(Many thanks to David Rither in Educational Technology & Media for creating this video.)

The BioCORE Scholars Program was also featured in The Falcon, SPU's student newspaper, The article, "BioCORE encourages community" was written by Lu Aleman and appeared on Oct. 24, 2018.

BioCORE Scholars and Mentors

Slideshow LinkPhotos of previous cohorts

Meet our 2018 BioCORE Scholars, Peer Mentors and Learning Assistant. (Front row) Bethelehem Gebre, Alexandra Gonzales, Lisa Dyer, Mariam Alkorashy. (2nd row) Rahwa Semere, Rasha Barem, Bennieq Skelton, Leslie Rodriguez-Salas (Learning Assistant), Hayley Cheyney Kane (Peer Mentor), Cindy Huang, Marichung Duncan. (Back row) Londone Watts, Israel Zamudio, Ana Ramirez, Ryan Sapinoso, Sherion Jenkins, Jess Cayetano (Peer Mentor), Sawa Tecle, Simone Neal (Peer Mentor). [Not pictured: Peer Mentors Christina Childs and Cienn Joyeux.]

At the "Welcome" reception, Scholars were greeted by Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences - Sciences Division, Dr. Bruce Congdon and by Dr. Sandy Mayo (Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion). Scholars introduced themselves, including Rasha Barem (surrounded by Ana Ramirez, Sawa Tecle and Cindy Huang), then photos were taken of the new and current BioCORE Scholars. New Scholars then met with their Peer Mentors while enjoying cake.

BioCORE Scholars Research Week

Beth Gebre, Cindy Huang and Marichung Duncan take a break from their work in Dr. Janet Bester-Meredith's lab.
Slideshow LinkResearch students and project descriptions

During the week of June 11-14, 2018, ten BioCORE Scholars participated in independent research with faculty in the Biology and Chemistry departments. 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.

Past Symposia

The 2017 Symposium featured presentations from Jennifer Tung and Ketsia Kahambwe (working with Dr. Cindy Bishop), Laarni Aguila and Menna Yohannes Hailemariam (working with Dr. Jenny Tenlen), and Antavea Green, Ngan Dang and Lucress Saint-Louis (working with Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler).

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.

2015 BioCORE Scholars and Peer Mentors

BioCORE Scholars Program

Learn how Leslie Rodriguez-Salas '19 and Diana Cabrera '17 found community and academic support as part of the BioCORE Scholars Program.

Elena Brezynski

Why I Teach at SPU

Elena Brezynski, Assistant Professor of Biology

“What I enjoy most is being in a classroom or lab talking with my students about biology. With the small class sizes at SPU, I know my students well and they know me. Questions and discussions flow best in smaller groups, and active, lively participation is the way students make critical connections among biological topics.”