BioCORE Scholars Program

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


Slideshow LinkBioCORE 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


Slideshow LinkResearch students and project descriptions

During the week of June 13-17, 2016, six 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.

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.”

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