BLAISER

About Us

Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER) was created to address health disparities in Arizona’s ethnically diverse and fast-growing communities. This cutting edge 10-week, undergraduate research experience provides an extraordinary laboratory training opportunity, pairing the junior and senior level student-scholars with preeminent UA health sciences researchers. This is a premier research experience for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds arming them with skills to make them competitive and successful in their pursuit of post-secondary education and research. 

This program is held annually in the summer to allow students the opportunity to immerse themselves on campus at the University of Arizona – the next program runs June 5 to August 8, 2017. The inaugural class consisted of fifteen students in 2015. Starting with the 2016 program, nineteen students participated in 2016. A maximum of twenty five students will be accepted annually.

For 2017 the Program will be held from June 5 to August 8.

Program Highlights

  • Mentorship by a UA biomedical researcher or medical scientist working on translational research
  • Master the medical and graduate application process
  • Learn about minority health disparities
  • Participation in workshops on GRE and MCAT in order to make students more competitive
  • Travel to Nogales AZ and Nogales Mexico (passport will be required to travel to Mexico) in order to learn about health disparity issues in the border region.
  • Create and present a research poster
  • Share experiences with students that are pursuing similar goals and objectives
  • Present research at the UA Summer Research Conference

Student Eligibility

  • Current Junior status or beyond
  • Cumulative 3.25 GPA
  • Latinos, Native Americans and African Americans, populations that are underrepresented in the biomedical and health sciences
  • Currently majoring in: biology,chemistry, physiology, microbiology,engineering, computer sciences and similar fields

Program Benefits

  • $3,000 stipend
  • On campus housing for non-UA students, paid by the program
  • Six units upper division graded undergraduate research
  • Professional MCAT and GRE preparation program
  • Gain hands-on experience conducting research

Application

For the next summer 2017 applicaiton, the followign items will be required:
  • A completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Recent unofficial transcript

Apply Here

Application deadline has been extended to Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at 11:45 pm.

For more information, contact:

Jorge Gomez, PhD
Director, BLAISER
jorgejgomez@email.arizona.edu, 520-621-1244

Viridiana Johnson
Coordinator, BLAISER
viridianaj@email.arizona.edu, 520-626-9755

 

BLAISER 2016