Laboratory Research Experience in partnership with BGSI

Six-Week Intensive Laboratory Research Experience

June 26 - August 4, 2017 at UC Berkeley

Through Dean Douglas S. Clark and the College of Chemistry, Professor Omar M. Yaghi, Professor Peidong Yang, and Mr. Kyle E. Cordova have designed a laboratory research experience program, in which participating scholars are exposed to graduate student level research. This is a laboratory-intensive program that seeks to prepare highly qualified emerging scholars for doctoral studies. Through this program, you will learn to think independently, process advanced concepts and apply theory, effectively communicate and substantiate your ideas to others, and build group dynamic skills while being mentored through the research modules listed below.

Laboratory Research Experience program distinguishes itself from other research-based programs in the following aspects:

  1. Brought to you by the TOP RANKED chemistry program in the world. The Laboratory Research Experience program is administered and delivered by the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and is taught by its own globally ranked faculty.
  2. Training in ACTION. As a participating scholar, you will gain hands-on practical experience on advanced techniques, including, but not limited to, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, gas adsorption, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
  3. Combines general knowledge with cutting edge research. Participating scholars will perform cutting edge research that parallels the research that is done at UC Berkeley and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  4. Provides invaluable insight into graduate school life at UC Berkeley. The program is designed to mirror life in graduate school - everything from experimental design to collaborative experimentation. Participating scholars will also attend weekly seminars provided by UC Berkeley faculty and mingle with current UC Berkeley students to solicit their advice on the graduate school application process and to get a better sense of graduate school life.
  5. Continuous interaction with Berkeley professors and students. Continuous interactions will better inform UC Berkeley professors and mentors when writing recommendation letters.

Program BrochureS (PDF)


Certificate of Completion

Scholars who complete the entirety of the six-week Laboratory Research Experience program will earn a Certificate of Completion from UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry signed by Dean Douglas Clark. Scholars will also earn a letter of recommendation for their graduate school application written by a College of Chemistry faculty member.


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Scholar Eligibility

Undergraduate students (sophomore, junior, or senior standing) from the US and abroad are encouraged to apply and participate in the program. Those accepted must have taken both general and organic chemistry (with accompanying laboratory classes). Successful applicants will be among the top 10% of their respective class and must demonstrate fluency in English. Please note that this is a highly selective program.