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EPFL School of Life Sciences Summer Research Program

Deadline 31st of January 2022

Cutting-edge research ranging from engineering to quantitative biology at the shores of Lake Geneva.EPFL offers international bachelor/1st year master’s students eight weeks of lab-immersion during the summer. Experience what it means to be part of the thriving science community in Switzerland. Open to students in biology, biophysics, chemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, quantitative biology and related fields.

Program features

1. 20-25 participants each summer

2. 8 weeks of lab experience

3. Mentoring by faculty and scientific staff

4. Access to scientific seminars

5. Science related & personal development Friday afternoon workshops

6. Closing symposium with poster session or presentations from all participants

7. Rich program of social activities, including a day hike to Swiss alps with raclette, BBQs and a few possible excursions to points of interest such as

Who can apply

Students must

1. be currently enrolled in a university in biology, bio-physics, chemistry, bio-engineering, bio-informatics, quantitative biology, genetics courses or other life sciences related programs

2. have a minimum of GPA equivalent to a 3.75/4.0 grade or higher

3. have completed at least two years of undergraduate work up to the first year of a master’s degree before the start of the program

4. show a strong interest in pursuing a career in life sciences

Selection Criteria 

The selection is based upon

1. Your CV (1-2 pages)

2. Your motivation letter (maximum 750 words)

3. The explanation of lab choices (2-3 sentences per lab)

4. University transcript or school official list of classes and grades

5. Two letters of recommendation

6. Basic life sciences understanding is essential; previous lab experience is a plus

Length and timing

1. 2 months – July 4th to August 26th 2022

2. Students must be present during the entire program

3. Application deadline – January 31st 2022,

3. Please note that you must have your documents and referee details ready to upload when you start to fill out the application. There is no option to save and come back to it.   Also, the referees will only receive their link to upload your letter when you submit your application.  Please keep this in mind when organizing your application.

Scientific goals and benefits to the students

1. Join ongoing research in a lab of the EPFL School of Life Sciences

2. Learn new techniques while studying a research topic related to current health issues

3. Improve critical thinking and experimental design

4. Prepare for future independent research as a graduate student

5. Experience the excitement and challenges of scientific research gaining insight into what a research career entails

Stipend, housing and travel costs

1. Each student receives CHF 3,200 for the two-month period which covers housing and living costs.

2. Housing is reserved and paid for out of the stipends beforehand.

3. Students are housed together either in Lausanne or possibly in Geneva depending on lab assignment.

4. Students have either single rooms or double rooms and share a kitchen and bathroom facilities with their fellow SRP participants.

5. The majority of travel costs to and from Switzerland is covered. The program reimburses up to CHF 1,000 for overseas flights and CHF 500 for shorter distances

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Date: Nov 30, 2021

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