About Us

Boz Life Science Research and Teaching Institute, in partnership with UCSD Extension Education and Community Outreach Department (ECO) and our collaborators, advances scientific understanding, improves ecological and human health, and cultivates future scientists and community leaders. Our unique science immersion research learning method, supported by UCSD Extension ECO, enables diverse groups of  "students" to work as peers alongside leading researchers in programs of varying lengths. Active research projects including neurobiology, cell-signaling, genomics, evolutionary biology, ecology and environmental/human health provide the opportunity to impart a fundamental molecular biology curriculum, modern laboratory techniques, and relevant bioinformatics and statistical applications. Students synthesize scientific fundamentals, review literature, formulate hypotheses and design experiments; they collect and process samples, apply modern instrumentation and methodology, analyze data, and showcase their work through poster presentation sessions attended by accomplished scientists and industry leaders and formulate their work as peer-reviewed manuscript submissions. The Institute fosters opportunities for future collaborations, internships, and relevant career opportunities. Our program currently hosts pre-college and college students. We strive to make this experience accessible to diverse groups of underserved students, military veterans, science teachers, various organizations, professionals, seniors, or anyone looking to enjoy science, contribute, and enter into life-science research careers. 

Our Method

The Boz Institute provides a six to ten week life science research immersion program focusing on molecular biology, physiology, genetics and environmental sciences.


Each research projects’ curriculum consists of fundamental molecular biology topics, field work and/or specimen culturing and maintenance, standard and modern laboratory techniques, and relevant bioinformatics and statistical applications.  Our curriculum is supported by academic institutions and life-science industry experts. Throughout the project-based learning, students will be guided to achieve technical proficiency; they use standard and modern molecular biology methods to design and execute their experiments and apply bioinformatics tools and statistical analysis to answer their proposed hypothesis.

There are no grades assigned in our program; we pride ourselves on teamwork, discussion, collaboration, problem-solving and communication via formal science seminars and peer-reviewed manuscripts.  Besides research experience and technical proficiency, our students develop soft skills and participate in job / internship interview preparation for higher education (college and graduate school) as well as careers in life sciences.

Our full program concludes with a formal reception and poster presentation attended by accomplished local scientists and partners.  Graduates will have the opportunity to showcase their work and establish relationships for future collaboration, internships, and relevant career opportunities. 


Our virtual afterschool programs last ten weeks, with two 1.5 hour sessions per week. For specific scheduling information, please see “Fall Program Info” on our homepage.