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. For the year of 2022 research experience will be provided virtually. 

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 6 to August 8, 2022. A maximum of twenty students will be accepted annually.

For 2022 the Program will be held from  June 6 to August 8 2022.

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 Sells AZ 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
  • Special attention to: Latinos, Native Americans and African Americans, populations that are underrepresented in the biomedical and health sciences, and Arizona residents
  • Currently majoring in: biology, chemistry, physiology, microbiology, engineering, computer sciences, and similar fields
  • U.S. Citizen/U.S. Permanent Resident card holder

Program Benefits

  • $3,000 stipend
  • On-campus housing for non-UA students, paid by the program (subject to availability due to COVID-19)
  • Six units of upper-division graded undergraduate research
  • Professional MCAT and GRE preparation program
  • Gain hands-on experience conducting research

Application

For the next summer 2022 application, the following items will be required:
  • A completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Recent unofficial transcript

 

APPLY HERE!

The deadline to apply has been extended to February 21, 2022

For more information, contact:

Allison Huff Macpherson, DHEd
Director, BLAISER
allison7@email.arizona.edu,  520-626-4839

Genesis Salazar
Coordinator, BLAISER
gdsalazar@email.arizona.edu

 

BLAISER Lab Tour