At the beginning of the summer, QB3-Berkeley offers a five-day Lab Fundamentals Bootcamp for undergraduates participating in summer research projects. The course is a molecular biology experimental primer, covering the basics of microbiology and molecular biology, research methods, safety and human practices, experimental design, and demonstrations of basic techniques likely to be encountered in a molecular biology lab. All instructors are UC Berkeley graduate students and postdocs. There is no charge or credit offered for the course, but participants who successfully complete the course receive a certificate of completion.
Eligibility: The QB3 Lab Fundamentals Bootcamp is for undergraduates who will participate in summer research projects at UC Berkeley and have little or no previous research experience. Berkeley and non-Berkeley students are eligible. Note that you must have a faculty mentor who can verify your summer research placement in their lab. Preference is given to those who will be working in a QB3 faculty affiliate’s lab. Students must be available for a full five-day session–late starts and early finishes cannot be accommodated.
The objectives of this course are:
- To train students in culturing bacteria and using sterile technique, molecular cloning (including PCR, plasmid preparation, restriction digests, ligation, and agarose gel electrophoresis), protein expression and purification, and enzyme activity assays.
- To give students an understanding of the importance of sound experimental design, appropriate controls and their impact on the interpretation of results.
- To teach students how to use standard software such as Benchling for their molecular cloning experiments (identify restriction sites, plan digests and predict their products, or assemble plasmid maps).
- To prepare students to fully and completely participate in a laboratory setting, including sessions on how to read a research article, a discussion about research ethics, and a career panel about the variety of jobs that are attainable after graduate school.
Online Bootcamp – Summer 2020
In response to the shelter-in-place order and the uncertainty around when the Berkeley campus will reopen, QB3-Berkeley will be offering our annual bootcamp online in summer 2020. While the experience gained from an in-person bootcamp can’t be matched, QB3-Berkeley and our Lab Fundamentals Bootcamp instructors are committed to providing this program for interested students.
Summer 2020 Online Bootcamp session dates: June 22 – 26, 2020
Bootcamp registration is now closed. If you have questions about the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.