2021 Research Immersion in Science & Engineering (Virtual Edition)

Session I:  Biomedical Science, July 12-15, 2021
Session II:  Emerging Pathogens & Infectious Diseases, July 19-22, 2021
Eligible for students entering grade 10
students@cpet.ufl.edu 

The Research Immersion in Science and Engineering: Virtual Edition program will offer an interactive online environment for participants to engage in science and engineering-based collaborative learning while expanding their knowledge of current topics in life science research.

Daily activities will include discussions, hands-on activities and laboratory exercises (materials provided in the form of kits), case studies, virtual field trips, and guest talks from UF faculty and graduate students. There will also be optional recreational activities offered during the program (e.g., trivia, game nights, etc.).

Session I will focus on topics in biomedical science and engineering from cancer and orphan diseases to designing implants and drug targets. We will explore the latest in clinical research at the University of Florida and consider new frontiers in therapeutics and basic science research.

Session II will explore emerging pathogens and infectious diseases from a local and global perspective, considering past, current, and future perspectives and challenges that face our global community. From hot zones to biostatistics, participants will be immersed in the interdisciplinary approach needed to solve some of our biggest threats.

Students may apply to attend one OR both sessions.

Important Information: Students must make a commitment to attend and participate in the entire program.  Please confirm no other academic, school-related, sports, or family events will conflict with the program dates.

Application Fee:  $20

Program Cost: $350 per session. Cost includes program staffing and science learning kit and activity materials mailed to each participant.

All interested and qualified students are encouraged to apply for RISE: Virtual Edition regardless of ability to pay.  Limited need-based scholarships are available for students attending a Florida high school. Please visit Financial Aid for information on how to apply for financial aid.


Session I Information

You will learn how scientists are currently working in biomedical research laboratories and clinical settings by reading classical and recently-published studies. We will have virtual visits with labs, delve into the research that is being performed there and talk to a variety of lab members to get a sense of what research entails from the people actually doing it. Topics covered will include molecular biology, cancer, DNA sequencing, orphan diseases, testing, and treatment options.

This course will cover multiple diseases and biomedical research approaches such as Pompe disease, cancer, bioengineering, and the use of CRISPR. Information will be conveyed through a series of lectures, case studies, review of popular media, discussions, and problem sets. Since the course is interdisciplinary, students will spend time each lecture learning the basic research behind each disease or research methodology and how these principles are applied to different scenarios.

From each disease, students will discuss how certain decisions were made and who was included in that decision-making. Students will be engaged through use of data in problem sets, information dissemination by analysis of the popular media, and through public speaking in learning the art of public health communication. Each situation calls for the inclusion of different stakeholders and also depends on the current political environment.

Upon completion of this course students will understand why and how certain disease are studied in research laboratories and where the sources of funding originate. Over the course of our program, you will likely develop opinions about which disease or research approach you would want to work with and which ones you might not! The program will culminate with a final project on a project of your choice and an opportunity for you to research interesting work being done with the research/clinical approach or disease and its impact on society.

Texts such as Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book “The Emperor of All Maladies” and some articles from both the popular press as well as peer-reviewed journals will be used in this program.

Our program will meet synchronously from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm each day, Monday, July 12 – Thursday, July 15, 2021 with additional asynchronous programming such as hands-on activities from the science kit and optional social activities.


A given day might look like this:

Morning: 

  • Live-chat (Zoom) presentation or discussion with instructional staff to review previous day, go over new content for that day, and preview the next day or two. These live lectures/presentations will typically only be 15-20 minutes at a time (though student questions and conversation will likely extend this timeframe), as we value engagement-based content exploration and student inquiry.
  • Live presentations from research scientists to introduce new content. These live presentations will typically be about 30-45 minutes and allow students to ask questions and engage with the UF research faculty and graduate students.
  • Go over projects and activities. Do progress checks on larger scale projects.
  • Individual or group project work time. We will have Zoom rooms set up so students can talk with each other and the staff during these portions. We want the students to be able to socialize with each other as well as ask the staff questions in real-time. 

Afternoon:

  • Games and other group activities inside the Zoom virtual learning and exploration spaces we will be using.
  • Second content presentation/discussion with instructional staff and/or UF researcher, with time included for questions and conversation from the students. 
  • Individual or group project time, structured as described above for the morning. 
  • Formal check-in via live-chat between students and staff to go over questions from the day, review, and present any additional content as determined needed by the instructional staff to make sure daily content progress goals are staying on track. (We also have contingencies for if students master the planned content quickly, so we can continue to challenge and engage the students with new skills and information.)

Evening:

  • Note that evening activities are not everyday, and are not considered “required”. They are designed to be valuable bonus opportunities for students. During the evening activities, RISE students will also have the opportunity to meet other high school student participating in other CPET virtual programs.
  • Prompted Q&A sessions, where students bring questions to pose to staff about previously announced topics (applying to college, working with faculty, finding internships, specific science subjects related to the camp, etc). 
  • Documentary/movie watch parties, with students and staff watching a program with opportunities to discuss what they are seeing and interpreting the “movie science”, or questions students may have about content in the documentary. 

Session II Information

You will learn how scientists are currently working with several infectious diseases by reading classical and recently-published studies. We will have virtual visits with labs, delve into the research that is being performed there and talk to a variety of lab members to get a sense of what research entails from the people actually doing it. Topics covered will include molecular biology, medical geography, DNA sequencing, genetic modification, vectors of disease, testing, and treatment options.

This course will cover multiple outbreak investigations such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Pandemic Flu, Dengue, and Food/Water-Borne Illness. Information will be conveyed through a series of lectures, case studies, review of popular media, discussions, and problem sets. Since the course is interdisciplinary, students will spend time each lecture learning the basic research behind each outbreak and how these principles are applied to different scenarios. Students will learn the difference between a disease that is endemic to when it becomes an outbreak.

From each outbreak, students will discuss how certain decisions were made and who was included in that decision-making. Students will be engaged through use of data in problem sets, information dissemination by analysis of the popular media, and through public speaking in learning the art of public health communication. Each situation calls for the inclusion of different stakeholders and also depends on the current political environment.

Upon completion of this course students will understand why and how certain infectious disease are studied in research laboratories. Over the course of our program, you will likely develop opinions about which infectious diseases you would want to work with and which ones you might not! The program will culminate with a final project on the disease of your choice and an opportunity for you to research interesting work being done with the infectious agent and its impact on society.

Texts such as basic principles of epidemiology and J. N. Hays’ book “The Burdens of Disease” and some articles from both the popular press as well as peer-reviewed journals will be used in this program.

Our program will meet synchronously from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm each day, Monday, July 19 – Thursday, July 22, 2021 with additional asynchronous programming and optional social activities.


A given day might look like this:

Morning: 

  • Live-chat (Zoom) presentation or discussion with instructional staff to review previous day, go over new content for that day, and preview the next day or two. These live lectures/presentations will typically only be 15-20 minutes at a time (though student questions and conversation will likely extend this timeframe), as we value engagement-based content exploration and student inquiry.
  • Live presentations from research scientists to introduce new content. These live presentations will typically be about 30-45 minutes and allow students to ask questions and engage with the UF research faculty and graduate students.
  • Go over projects and activities. Do progress checks on larger scale projects.
  • Individual or group project work time. We will have Zoom rooms set up so students can talk with each other and the staff during these portions. We want the students to be able to socialize with each other as well as ask the staff questions in real-time. 

Afternoon:

  • Games and other group activities inside the Zoom virtual learning and exploration spaces we will be using.
  • Second content presentation/discussion with instructional staff, with time included for questions and conversation from the students. 
  • Individual or group project time, structured as described above for the morning. 
  • Formal check-in via live-chat between students and staff to go over questions from the day, review, and present any additional content as determined needed by the instructional staff to make sure daily content progress goals are staying on track. (We also have contingencies for if students master the planned content quickly, so we can continue to challenge and engage the students with new skills and information.)

Evening:

  • Note that evening activities are not everyday, and are not considered “required”. They are designed to be valuable bonus opportunities for students. During the evening activities, RISE students will also have the opportunity to meet other high school student participating in other CPET virtual programs.
  • Prompted Q&A sessions, where students bring questions to pose to staff about previously announced topics (applying to college, working with faculty, finding internships, specific science subjects related to the camp, etc). 
  • Documentary/movie watch parties, with students and staff watching a program with opportunities to discuss what they are seeing and interpreting the “movie science”, or questions students may have about content in the documentary. 

Application Requirements for RISE

Applicants must create an account in our online application portal in order to apply for any student programs offered by UF CPET. The online application portal is www.ufcpet.smapply.us.  All components are submitted using the online application process unless noted.  After all the below components of the application are completed, student must log into their account and SUBMIT their application.

A RISE Application consists of the following:

User Information: Provide applicant and parent/guardian contact information.

Application Form:  Additional information as well as answering two writing prompts.  The two writing prompts are as follows (each is 300- 500 words):

  • Prompt 1: What is your favorite subject or activity? What do you enjoy about this subject/activity?
  • Prompt 2: Please describe an experience that made you excited or curious to learn more about a topic in science, technology, math, engineering or computer science.

Endorsement Form:  One online Endorsement Form filled out and submitted by a high-school or college-level math, science, research, or computer science teacher or mentor is required. 

  • Endorsers will receive an automated request from noreply@smapply.io once a student has requested an endorsement in their online application. However, we recommend that students contact their teacher prior to filling out the online request.
  • If they do not receive an email from our system, please double-check that you have their correct email address before contacting us. This is the #1 reason why teachers do not receive the endorsement form.

High School Transcript (Offline Task*, see note below):  Submit your unofficial transcript with first semester (Fall 2020) grades to UF CPET via FAX.

  • Our FAX is 352-392-2344 (Not sure how to FAX? Ask your guidance counselor for help.)
  • Our fax machine gets really busy during application season, especially as deadlines approach. Make sure your fax sends before walking away! 
  • Students are required to have started their application before transcripts are received. Transcripts received without an associated on-line application account will be destroyed

Application Fee (Offline Task*, see note below):  The link to pay the $20 Application Fee is available from our How to Pay Page.  Students attending a Florida High School who qualify for free and reduced may request an Application Fee Waiver.

*Offline Tasks: In the application portal, students are required to acknowledge the requirement of the each of these “off-line” portions by clicking “submit for approval”. The CPET office will log receipt of the each requirement. Please note that our system may be automated, but our process isn’t!  When you send your transcript, we still need to look it over and make sure it has everything we need before a person goes into the system to let you know that we’ve received it. This can take up to three business days based on how many applications we are receiving simultaneously. After the requirement is logged, students will need to complete the section by clicking “complete” in the on-line portal.

Application Deadlines & Notifications

The application deadline is March 15th.  If the program is not filled during the first round of application review, applications will be reviewed and students will be notified of decisions every two weeks.

Once the first round of applications is received, they are reviewed by our Selection Committee.  This review process can take 3 or more weeks, so please be patient.  Each member of our committee carefully reads each application, transcript, and teacher endorsement we receive.  This process takes time.  Frequent calls can slow this process.  Once we have reached a decision, we will send out an email through our online application portal.  Notifications regarding your account and application progress will come from noreply@smapply.io. Please add this address to your email safe senders list, address book, or contact list.

Please note that applicants, not their parents, receive all correspondence from our office.  It is the student’s responsibility to provide a working email address and check that email address regularly for communication from UF CPET.  Failure to respond to email in a timely manner may result in the student being placed on the wait list. At any time applicants and parent “collaborators” may check on acceptance status in the on-line portal.

Possible decisions are as follows:  invited to attend, waitlist, or not invited.