Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER)
Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER) was created to address health disparities in Arizona’s ethnically diverse and fast-growing communities. This cutting edge 10-week, undergraduate research experience provides an extraordinary laboratory training opportunity, pairing the junior and senior level student-scholars with preeminent UA health sciences researchers. This is a premier research experience for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds arming them with skills to make them competitive and successful in their pursuit of post-secondary education and research.
This program is held annually in the summer to allow students the opportunity to immerse themselves on campus at the University of Arizona – the next program runs June 7 to August 11, 2021. A maximum of twenty students will be accepted annually.
For 2021 the Program will be held from June 7 to August 11. Visit Blaiser for more information.
- Mentorship by a UA biomedical researcher or medical scientist working on translational research
- Master the medical and graduate application process
- Learn about minority health disparities
- Participation in workshops on GRE and MCAT in order to make students more competitive
- Travel to Nogales AZ and Sells AZ in order to learn about health disparity issues in the border region.
- Create and present a research poster
- Share experiences with students that are pursuing similar goals and objectives
- Present research at the UA Summer Research Conference
- Current Junior status or beyond
- Cumulative 3.25 GPA
- Special attention to: Latinos, Native Americans and African Americans, populations that are underrepresented in the biomedical and health sciences, and Arizona residents
- Currently majoring in: biology, chemistry, physiology, microbiology, engineering, computer sciences, and similar fields
- U.S. Citizen/U.S. Permanent Resident card holder
- $3,000 stipend
- On-campus housing for non-UA students, paid by the program (subject to availability due to COVID-19)
- Six units of upper-division graded undergraduate research
- Professional MCAT and GRE preparation program
- Gain hands-on experience conducting research
For the next summer 2021 application, the following items will be required:
- A completed application
- Two letters of recommendation
- Recent unofficial transcript