Our Method

 

The Boz Institute, in partnership with Biocom Institute, provides an eight week long, technically-modern, project-based, collaborative science learning experience and life-science certification program.

 

As with all scientific endeavors, this process starts with keen observation and field work.  Students become familiar with four current research projects.  Upon learning and synthesizing relevant biology fundamentals, students will engage in discussion, formulate testable hypotheses, and participate in experimental design process. 

 

Each research projects’ curriculum consists of fundamental molecular biology topics, 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 and earn badges for each laboratory technique successfully mastered.   Students then utilize bioinformatics tools and statistical analysis to answer their proposed hypothesis.

The final phase of this experience is arguably the most challenging.  Students will synthesize their acquired knowledge and practical applications into a logical, coherent, formal communication: a manuscript, formatted according to peer-reviewed scientific literature guidelines.  Along with earned certificate and a written manuscript, students will hone their soft skills and participate in job / internship interview preparation.

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. 

 

The program can be scaled to accommodate students at different levels of education, from middle school through college. A full program lasts eight weeks, with seven-hour days, Monday through Friday.  The program can also be tailored to an after-school enrichment model from a time perspective.