Buck Summer Scholars Program

The Buck Institute’s summer internship and gap-year programs offer undergraduate students the opportunity to investigate insights into the critical molecular and biological drivers of aging as well as translation of that research into new therapies which will improve healthspan. Both programs emphasize laboratory and communication skills training, such as a mock grant proposal and research presentations. Graduating seniors can apply to the internship program, and the gap-year program is designed to accommodate time for applications and interviews during the research. International students are encouraged to apply to both programs.

Research topics include:

  • Age-dependent neurodegenerative diseases
  • Autophagy and cellular homeostasis
  • Cellular metabolism and senescence
  • Computational analysis of aging and disease
  • Neuroinflammation and the microbiome
  • Ovarian aging
  • Synapse pathophysiology

A program overview, the online application, and full descriptions of each 2022 research project being offered can be found at:


The Summer Scholar application is due: NOON PST Monday, January 17, 2022 (12 pm PST 1/17/22)

The Postbacc application is due: NOON PST Monday, February 21, 2022 (12 pm PST 2/21/22)

If you have any questions about the programs, you are encouraged to email gchin@buckinstitute.org.


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