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.