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The BioPACIFIC MIP education program aims to bridge the gap between industrial needs and academic education to increase the workforce pipeline with a diverse pool of highly educated and effective scientists well-prepared to contribute, through a variety of career tracks, to innovations in biomaterials. 

BioPACIFIC MIP Training for Fellows and Associates

Fellows and Associates are immersed in a community of researchers, engaging in transdisciplinary biomaterials research training, collaboration, career preparation, and mentorship within a network of academic and industry professionals. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from UCSB and UCLA can apply to be BioPACIFIC MIP Fellows. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from academic institutions other than UCSB and UCLA can apply to be BioPACIFIC MIP Associates.

The Fellow training experience will include:

  • Training in BioPACIFIC MIP research throughout their graduate school/postdoctoral career 
  • Training in industry trends through the BioPACIFIC MIP Summer School
  • Career guidance via talks at quarterly meetings and Individual Develop Plan (IDP) creation and mentorship
  • Professional skills workshops: collaboration, trans- disciplinary innovation, communicating across disciplines, understanding industry needs, etc.
  • Peer-peer networking through biweekly meetings and summer workshops
  • Community and leadership networking and mentorship with industry and academic professionals

The Associate training experience will include:

  • Training in industry trends through the BioPACIFIC MIP Summer School
  • Networking and career awareness with industry and academic professionals
  • Professional skills workshops: collaboration, trans- disciplinary innovation, communicating across disciplines, understanding industry needs, etc.
  • Peer-peer networking and research exchange through monthly meetings
BioPACIFIC MIP Summer School

The BioPACIFIC MIP Summer School will offer a week-long opportunity for students, postdocs, faculty, and research staff to learn about discipline fundamentals as well as industry needs.

The summer school will focus on:

  • High-throughput research / industry mentality
  • Theory behind specific BioPACIFIC MIP research elements and DBTL experimental design
  • Opportunity to bring and run experimental samples
  • Industry participation and multi-directional mentorship
  • Serve as both a training mechanism and recruitment tool for a diverse user cohort

The school will be open to the broad BioPACIFIC MIP community. Financial aid is available. Check back here for details or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

BioPACIFIC MIP Science Communication and Outreach

The BioPACIFIC MIP students and faculty will engage the broader public community through multiple outreach opportunities including:

  • Curieosity, the UCLA hosted experience for Brownie Scouts.
  • School for Scientific Thought (SST), the UCSB hosted high school science school taught by graduate and postdoc researchers
  • Family Ultimate Science Exploration (FUSE), the UCSB hosted science experience for local middles schoolers and their families

 Diversity

BioPACIFIC MIP Leadership is committed to promoting gender, ethnic, and racial diversity across all facets of the organization through targeted User Recruitment and Training, Education, Outreach, and Hiring, which will ensure BioPACIFIC MIP Fellows, Summer School attendees, and BioPACIFIC MIP users are representative of our nation’s diverse talent.

 Summer School

SAVE THE DATES: August 2 - 5, 2021

Stay tuned for details about this virtual opportunity for students, postdocs, faculty, and staff to learn about discipline fundamentals and industry needs.

 Want to Learn More?

For graduate students and postdocs who are interested in being involved with BioPACIFIC MIP but not as a Fellow or Associate.