Facets of Biology

UC San Diego Academy

Lakshmi Chilukuri, Coordinator, Microbiology Laboratory (BIMM 121)
Office: CSE 4208/4070C York Hall
Phone: 858-822-2032
Email: lchilukuri@ucsd.edu

The Division of Biological Sciences wants each one of you to have an amazing and productive undergraduate experience, one that is unique to you, and tailored to your specific needs and interests. Jumpstart the academic and non-academic aspects of your career, actively prepare for any future you wish. No more unproductive searching, no more procrastination - get involved now. In this course we will strive together to lay the foundation, a box of tools that will allow you to embark right away in any career direction you choose. We will take the first steps to undergraduate research, volunteer and internship opportunities, and more, through interaction with and guidance from faculty, staff, upper classmen, and peers. Our focus is to:

  • Help you articulate your goals and act on them
  • Provide you with tools for success and to help you practice them
  • Build a cohort and a community at UCSD

More specifics

  • Tools for success
    • Tips and Tools for doing well in your course work
    • Presenting yourself to a future employer – biotech/med school/research/teaching/other
      • Writing a professional resume
      • Professional communication
      • Writing your personal “elevator pitch”
      • How to have a successful interview
      • How to present yourself
    • Communicating and building a relationship with faculty
      • How to write a professional/formal email
      • How to talk to TAs (yes, they talk to the faculty!)
      • How to ask for a research position
    • Introduction to Undergraduate Research at UCSD
      • Visits to research labs in multiple disciplines at UCSD
      • Introduction to the Undergraduate Research Portal
    • Introduction to and use of UCSD academic resources
      • Writing center
      • Port Triton
      • Academic counseling


There will be two Facets activities each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. 

 Date         Title    Speaker  Location  Time
 Tuesday, August 4
Identifying values and setting goals
Ask your friends at UCSD – visit from UCSD seniors, juniors, grad students, post-docs
Visit from Writing Mentors
Tips and Tools #1
Fung Auditorium (Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, Room 191)
 3:00-5:00 PM
 Thursday, August 6
A Quick Trip to Data Analytics Land   Sagnik Nandy, Google Inc. The Atkinson Hall Auditorium

 3:00-5:00 PM
 Tuesday, August 11
Tips and Tools #2
Preparatory work for resume building and elevator pitch
What does your employer want? Visit from a non-academic biologist – possible?
Fung Auditorium (Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, Room 191  3:00-5:00 PM
 Thursday, August 13
Photosynthetic bio-manufacturing in green algae; Food and Fuel for the 21st Century  Stephen Mayfield The Atkinson Hall Auditorium

 3:00-5:00 PM
 Tuesday, August 18
Tips and Tools #3
Completing your: LinkedIn profile, Resume, Elevator pitch
Feedback from Writing Center

Fung Auditorium (Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, Room 191

 3:00-5:00 PM
 Thursday, August 20
Tips and Tools #4
USIS talk and visit
Biology New Transfer Student Information Session
 Dana Brehm
 Julie Vitalie
3500 Pacific Hall  1:00-5:00 PM
 Tuesday, August 25
Tips and Tools #5
Interdisciplinary labs
Fung Auditorium (Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, Room 191  3:00-5:00 PM
 Thursday, August 27
Tips and Tools #6
How to find a research lab opportunity at UCSD
  Fung Auditorium (Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, Room 191  3:00-5:00 PM
 Tuesday, September 1
Tips and tools#7, 
Emails and interview skills
  Fung Auditorium (Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, Room 191

 3:00-5:00 PM