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With support from the Beckman Laser Institute Foundation, the Institute of Engineering in Medicine, and the BTC(Biophotonics Technology Center), the OPALS high school internship program is proud to provides pre-college students with hands-on experience in STEM. Each intern will have the opportunity to interact with researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students engaged in research at the interfaces of engineering and medical science. Interns will learn the scientific background to the research, observe or assist UC San Diego researchers and students in performing experiments, learn to analyze experimental data and present a research talk or poster at the end of the internship. Students have the opportunity to select from a diverse array of projects. Options include engaging in in-depth studies on neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, and Glaucoma. Alternatively, students can delve into the intricate exploration of DNA repair mechanisms, contribute to the design of laser ablation and laser trapping systems, or explore other cutting-edge research initiatives. The Spring Session allows students the flexibility to choose a project aligned with their interests and academic goals.

 

For questions, contact: ieminternships@ucsd.edu

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Dates and Deadlines

  • January 31st: Opening of Applications
  • April 30th: Application Deadline
  • May 1st: Commencement of Interviews
  • May 15th: Distribution of Acceptance Letters (Sent out on May 11th)
  • May 24th: Final Day for Payment of Participation Fee
  • May 31st: Complete Paper Work
  • July 8th: Opening Ceremony
  • July 9th to August 1st: In-Person Meetings/discussions/lab or company tours, Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM
  • August 2nd: Symposium & Closing Day

* Applications for Summer 2024 OPALS are closed and Acceptance Letters have been sent out. Thank you for your interest.

Apply

  1. Complete OPALS Application Fee Payment
  2. Apply for the Summer 2024 OPALS Program 
  3. (Optional) Scholarship & Financial Aid 
  4. If you have any questions or concerns, contact ieminternships@ucsd.edu
  • Applications for Summer 2024 OPALS are closed and Acceptance Letters have been sent out.
  • Applications for Scholarship & Financial Aid are closed.
Qualified applicants:
  • Current 9 - 12th highschool students and community college students with curiosity and enthusiasm for STEM are welcome to apply.
  • Local residents preferred, no room and board provided for applicants from other county&states
  • Limited spots for the students under 16 years old (must follow the Minors in laboratories required by UCSD)
  • Applications from underrepresented, socio-economically disadvantaged, and disabled students are encouraged
  • Since slots are limited, we may not be able to accommodate all applicants. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions via email.

Commitments & Cost

  • Participation fee: $2,000
  • Application fee: $42 (Non-Refundable, required for ALL applicants, click here to go to the payment website)
  • The program is unable to provide housing or transportation. Students in financial need may apply for fee waiver and transportation support
  • The program is in-person partification for 4-weeks from 9 am to 4 pm, from Monday through Friday.
  • Students will be expected to dedicate 30 to 40 hours per week throughout the duration of the internship. Ideally, this involves in-person participation from 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • Voluntary donations to the IEM OPALS program to defray program costs (of approximately $1000 per intern) are gratefully accepted. However, please note that donations will have no influence on acceptance to the program.

Chief Scientists

Chief Scientists

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Veronica Gomez

Institute of Engineering in Medicine, UCSD

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Linda Shi

Institute of Engineering in Medicine, UCSD

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Chengbiao Wu

Department of Neurosciences, UCSD

 

Program Faculty

Program Faculty

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Shu Chien

Shu Chien-Gene Lay
Department of Bioengineering, UCSD

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Arthur Forer

Department of Biology, York University

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Farhat Beg

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCSD

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Wei Xiong

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSD

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Zhaowei Liu

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, UCSD

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Kevin King

Department of Bioengineering & Department of Cardiology, UCSD

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Daniel Ju

Department of Ophthalmology, Hamilton Glaucoma Center and Shiley Eye Institute, UCSD

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Wallace Marshall

Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, UCSF

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Xiaohua Wu

Department of Molecular Medicine, Scripps Research

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Daryl Preese

Department of Biomedical Engineering, UCI

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Lingyan Shi

Shu Chien-Gene Lay
Department of Bioengineering, UCSD

 

Management Team

Management Team

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Andrew D. McCulloch

Director, Institute of Engineering in Medicine, UCSD

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Philip Godfrey

Management Services Officer, Institute of Engineering in Medicine, UCSD

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Justina Houston

Administrative Assistant, Institute of Engineering in Medicine, UCSD

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Tom Liu

OPALS Program Coordinator, Institute of Engineering in Medicine, UCSD

 

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