Biological & Biomedical Science

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Due to the overwhelming interest in Science, Policy & Innovation (SPI), we have expanded this offering into three independent sessions. All three new sessions will continue to focus on the interaction of science and policy.

Students must indicate session preference on their application.

With an emphasis on developing scientific citizenship, students will learn how to effectively convey complex ideas to a non-expert audience and how understand how scientific innovation is shaped by–and makes impacts on–policymakers and businesses, as well as the forces of globalization, development, and markets.

Participants have the opportunity to tour Yale labs and core facilities such as the Yale Center for Proteomics & Genomics, the Center for Engineering Innovation & Design and Peabody Natural History Museum and talk to the scientists working there. 

The focus of these programs is not simply to expose participants to cutting edge science and its applications, but to encourage them to think like scientists.  To this end lectures and seminars will cover themes including advances in basic science, ethics, translational science and the socio-political determinants of the application of science.  Working in teams, students will develop and present a novel, pragmatic response to a contemporary challenge in one of the core program areas.

Who teaches in it?

Faculty involved in these program are drawn from across the University including the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale Law School, Yale Medical School, Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science and various departments in the sciences.

See the list of faculty who taught in SPI 2015 >>

Are there prerequisites?

While not formally required, students interested in these programs should have some background in high school science and math, and should be familiar with the scientific method.

Given the interdisciplinary focus of these session, students who have substantial science backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as are students who are interested in using and applying science in problem-based solutions in policy and entrepreneurial work.

Applicants are not expected to be experts in the respective fields of study.  Rather they are required to demonstrate an unquenchable curiosity about the practice and application of science.


Dates: July 8 - July 21, 2016

The Biological & Biomedical Science (BBS) session will emphasize themes in the study and application of life sciences.  Questions of interest will range from molecular to global in scale.

If you have asked yourself any of the below, or related questions, you will probably be interested in the Biological & Biomedical Science session of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program.

What is the relationship of biological systems on the cellular, system, organismic and societal level?
How can social factors be integrated into epidemic management?
Can knowing an individual’s genetic makeup improve their medical care?
Can novel biological organisms be created in a dish?
Can the mind ever be understood by studying the brain?
Should healthcare be a business?
How do basic findings in biology affect how a physician treats their patients?
How does government make decisions that rely on science when science is always changing?
How do the microbes in our digestive system affect our health?
How might healthcare reform change American society?
Should an elected government be permitted to dictate what an individual chooses to eat?
Why does the mainstream media only report on the product, and not the process of science?

Other topics may include:

  • Vaccines
  • Health inequality
  • Synthetic biology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Personalized medicine
  • Genetic testing
  • Public/Global Health

Expertise will be drawn from areas such as Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biostatistics, Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Psychology, Genetics, History of Science and Medicine, Immunobiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Bioinformantics, and Public Health.


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