WHAT KEYS MEANS TO STUDENTS
AUGMENTING CLASSROOM LEARNING
KEYS interns not only gain experience in interdisciplinary bioscience, biomedical science, biostatistics, biomedical engineering, data science, or environmental health research, but also train in biotechnology skills, science literacy, ethics, and communications that they typically wouldn't learn in the classroom.
In order to become leaders of tomorrow, today's students need determination, curiosity, and a mindset that embraces teamwork, creativity, problem solving, and emotional competence. These are all capabilities reinforced through the KEYS experience.
WHAT KEYS MEANS TO ARIZONA
BUILDING A PIPELINE OF DIVERSE STEM TALENT
KEYS recruits and attracts the best and the brightest from the state's many diverse communities to UArizona for the experience of a lifetime. Through KEYS, interns will learn and grow, and gain the experience, skills, and conviction that will allow them to thrive in a rapidly changing world. KEYS provides many incentives for these promising students to stay in Arizona for college, and beyond.
Prior to engaging in research, KEYS interns are immersed in a one-week crash-course in bioscience and data science techniques, lab safety training, and the foundations of science literacy to ensure they have the base knowledge necessary to begin their assigned projects.
In weeks 2-6, leading UArizona researchers and lab staff/students mentor their assigned intern in the laboratory. At the close of the program, KEYS interns present what they’ve learned and experienced to friends, family, and the academic community at a research showcase.