The next iteration of BioClock Studio will be Winter 2019.
Applications are limited to students who will be enrolled at UC San Diego in Winter 2019.
The BioClock Studio is an innovative course in which undergraduate students, drawn from diverse disciplines across the arts and the sciences, work collaboratively to develop their scientific and communication skills and produce creative educational materials. UC San Diego's Center for Circadian Biology (CCB) is home to more than 40 labs that perform world-class research on circadian rhythms (in behavior, body temperature, protein levels, gene expression) in diverse systems (including humans, mice, plants, fungi, tissue culture cells, and cyanobacteria). Students in the BioClock Studio will work with CCB faculty to enhance scientific understanding among different audiences, including the general public, clinicians and researchers outside of circadian biology, and students’ academic peers.
During the Winter quarter of 2019, the BioClock Studio will meet twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-6:50 pm. In addition, you should expect to do work outside of class related to projects. Students can participate in the BioClock Studio by enrolling for 4 units in the following courses, upon approval of their application:
BIMM116B (BioClock Studio) – P/NP or Letter grade
CAT124 (Sixth College Practicum)
Some current projects will continue to focus on developing new course materials for UCSD's undergraduate course, “Circadian rhythms -- biological clocks” (BIMM 116/PSYC133). However, we are also extending our projects to produce educational materials for more general audiences. Projects for the 2019 class are still under development, but are likely to include the production of:
- Infographics that convey good circadian practices for improving human health.
- Interactive exercises (on- and off-line) to help novices learn key concepts in circadian biology.
- In-person interviews of high-profile researchers in the field of circadian rhythms.
- Short (6-minute) videos detailing the experimental methods used to generate data in the field of circadian rhythms research.
- Animated short(s) to communicate the basics of circadian rhythms (and their relation to health) to diverse audiences.
- A searchable, online database that will contain explanations of hundreds of scientific terms in circadian biology, making them accessible to diverse audiences.
The BioClock Studio will challenge students to translate and communicate research findings to the public to promote more widespread awareness of the importance of circadian rhythms for daily life, work, and health. BioClock Studio students will work closely with researchers in workshop, conference, and interview settings to bridge the communication gap between scientists and the public. You do NOT need to know circadian biology or be a science major to join the BioClock Studio. It is a special experience, like no other class!
Click here to see examples of past projects from the 2015, 2016, and 2017 years.
Apply now! Enrollment is limited to 20 students, and requires permission of the instructor.
- I have never taken BIMM116/PSYC133 (Circadian Rhythms – Biological Clocks). Can I still be considered for the BioClock Studio?
Yes. Students who don’t know about circadian rhythms will be teamed up with students and mentors who do. We hope that about half of Studio students will be familiar with circadian rhythms research through BIMM116/PSYC133, but we also welcome applications from students who do not consider themselves to have any kind of “science background.” We want students who are critical thinkers, makers, and creators, who can evaluate and improve upon the materials used in BIMM116/PSYC133. Prior familiarity with those materials is not required.
- I took BIMM116/PSYC133 (Circadian Rhythms – Biological Clocks) in a previous year. Can I still be considered for the BioClock Studio?
Yes. A student can take BIMM 116B for credit up to three times, but it can only satisfy one major elective requirement.
- I am taking BIMM116/PSYC133 (Circadian Rhythms – Biological Clocks) now. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. We hope that about half of the W19 Studio students will come from the F18 Clocks class.
- I want to use the BioClock Studio to count towards a requirement in my major or in my College at UCSD (e.g., Sixth College’s practicum). Can I do that?
We are partnering with Sixth College for CAT124, so the practicum is probably a good match. BIMM116 counts as an elective in many majors.
- My resume and transcripts are not good indicators of my skills, since I learned them outside of school and/or have not held a job where they were put to use. What can I do to ensure that my application is evaluated properly?
You can use your Statement of Interest and your Sample of Work to provide us with additional information.
- I’m really only interested in the BioClock Studio if I get to work on a specific one of the projects described above for the 2019 academic year. What happens if I am accepted to the Studio, but cannot work on that project?
We will be selecting applicants with their skills and preferences in mind, so if you are accepted to the BioClock Studio, you will likely be able to work mainly on a project that matches your interests. Just the same, be open-minded! Everyone in the Studio will receive basic training relevant to all the projects we hope to pursue, and everyone should expect to be exposed to something new and unfamiliar.
- I'm not a straight-A student. Can I still get in?
BioClock Studio accepts a spectrum of students. We want a diverse team with respect to perspective and skills. We don’t just pick the highest GPAs. However, it’s a challenging class with significant time commitment, and not the best choice if you are struggling in your classes.
- How does the enrollment work? Apply, and a team will evaluate your application. We are looking for a balance of students with respect to skills and backgrounds. Once you are approved to enroll, we will ask you to accept the position after you have seen the schedule of classes and know that it fits with the rest of your course plan. We have to manually enroll the whole group at once, so we accept a full studio before you officially enroll. In the meantime, we’ll ask you to hold the place on your schedule until you have permission to register for the course, usually close to the end of the fall quarter. The quicker applications come in, the sooner we can fill the studio and open registration for the class.