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WANT TO BE A MICROSCOPIST?

Join us in the Certificates of Bioscience Microscopy! The next sequence of courses for this Certificate starts FALL 2013.

For more information see:  www.merrittmicroscopy.net

SOME BASICS ABOUT THE PROGRAM!

WHAT? Specialized training in the use of high end microscopes!  These imaging systems, including widefield fluorescence and confocal microscopes, are complex, finicky, powerful instruments.  Their use is exploding in biomedical fields, biotech companies and academic research labs.

WHEN?  Fall 2013, Spring and Summer 2014.  The Certificate Program consists of night/weekend courses for 2 semesters, plus a summer internship. Our students are training to operate a variety of microsopes, including a confocal microscope.

WHY? You love images, working with your hands, discovery, and a well-paying job with great advancement potential and job satisfaction.

WHOM? You! This field is especially suited to you if you are curious, organized, hard working, patient, resourceful, you have decent manual dexerity, enjoy computers and high tech equipment, and you love images.

HOW? Sign up for Bioscience 20, Emerging Technologies in Microscopy (offered in Summer of 2013).  It will allow you to explore the type of work and career options in this field. If you decide to pursue the Certificate, you simply sign up for the Certificate courses.  If you don’t have a science background, it is recommended that you take bio 10 over the summer: it will focus on microscopy. Other relevant skills and courses include: expository writing, computer science, physics, chemistry, algebra. All of the courses for the certificate will be held at night and on weekends. The summer internship is flexible and can be scheduled around your regular work schedule.

COURSES:  You take 12 units of specialized courses each semester.  You will receive a strong foundation in the theory and practice of microscopy, along with a focus on the process of biological research.   The majority of the work is project-based, and you will have extensive hands-on training on our systems.

INTERNSHIP:  You pick your internship according to your career interests.  We have a standing internship program at a research station in Costa Rica, an ongoing research project in collaboration with UC Berkeley into the early development of marine snail embryos, plus many other opportunities in the Bay Area and around the world!

JOBS:  You can work in biotech, government and academic research labs, imaging cores, in sales or field service positions with equipment companies.

Email Dr. Giorgi for more info: ProfGiorgi@gmail.com

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