University-Level STEM Research & Innovation
At the heart of Southern California’s growing centers of tech, UCI x GATI offers an enriching experience for gifted high school students to pursue their passion and interests in the ever-expanding fields of Biology, Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, and Medicine (BEAM). Students will have the chance to learn about research in state-of-the-art facilities under the tutelage of distinguished faculty at UCI. With a diverse and multidisciplinary set of research labs, students will be immersed in fields including, but not limited to:
Mechanical / Chemical Engineering
Anatomy and Neurobiology
Neurology and Neurological Surgery
In addition to developments and growth in research at the university level, students will participate in the innovative side of research. Students will be able to connect the dots and see the research process holistically by further developing:
Skills in collaborative group settings
Critical thinking skill
Entrepreneurship / Innovation
* Please note that 2023 BEAM does not offer separate tracks for Research and Innovation. Every BEAM fellow will engage in both research and innovation.
High-Impact Learning Experience
Experience rich resources and facilities at UCI, a leading research university in the U.S.
Intensive schedule at BEAM allows fellows to be immersed in research and innovation experiences.
Present your research lab outcomes to panels of experts. Enter a competition to be published in online/offline publications for students (Comprehensive Fellows only).
Learn the latest cutting-edge technology in the fields of BEAM. Extend your learning and ideas to innovative solutions. Go beyond lab research process and find how science & technology is impacting the real world.
Get connected and research with UCI faculty-led research teams. Get 1:1 guidance before and after the residential program from UCI x GATI mentors.
Sessions of BEAM
6/12 - 7/8
7/9 - 7/22
7/23 - 8/31
Preliminary Scoping & Training: Online
Become lab UCI certified to handle advanced lab tools and equipment
Do pre-work for Innovation / Entrepreneurship workshops
Complete pre-requisite readings for your matched/assigned research project / lab
Residential Research & Entrepreneurship: On Campus
Get matched with UCI research faculty and team
Learn about university-level research and get exposure to the most innovative research topics
Go on field trips to professional lab and/or science companies
Create/launch an innovative business, organization, or project that culminates interests and talents.
Organize research experience and prepare to present or publish
Comprehensive Publication: Online
Comprehensive Program Fellows only
Complete written drafts under the guidance of academic advisors
Communicate with advisors and apply summer outcomes towards college and future success
Sample Day in the Life of BEAM Residential Fellow
Modules for Advanced HS Students
College-level workshops and lectures in the fields of Bio Engineering AI and Medicine
Soft skills workshop – learn influencing and pitching skills
Exposure to cutting-edge bio, engineering, AI and medical innovation that is shaking the world
Learning experience with professors and leading experts
Research & Site Visits
University-level research at labs
Access to UCI campus resources and library
Innovation workshops at ANTrepreneur Center
Visits to bio-tech and life science companies in Southern California
Applied Innovation & Individual Projects
Research application to innovative solutions and technology.
Connect research and experience to College-readiness through capstone projects.
Build long-lasting relationships with advisors and other gifted and talented students from around the globe.
BEAM Featured Faculty
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery
Dr. Akbari's research revolves around investigating mechanisms underlying consciousness, coma, and global stroke with a focus on cardiac arrest (CA) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). His lab is the first cardiac arrest and resuscitation lab at UC Irvine, incorporating a combination of basic science, translational, and clinical research aspects.
Professor at the Anatomy and Neurobiology & Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Dr. Reinkensmeyer's research activities focus on movement control, neuro-rehabilitation and robotics. One of his group's objectives is to develop physically interacting, mechatronic devices ("rehabilitators") to help the nervous system recover movement ability after neurologic injuries such as stroke or spinal cord injury. His group also is working to understand the adaptive control processes that enable motor learning throughout the life span.
Project Scientist at Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Dr. Kulinsky is the Scientific Chair of the International Institution on Micro and Nano Manufacturing. He has authored more than 70 book chapter and other peer-reviewed publications as well as 16 patents and invention disclosures. His research focuses on the areas of micro- and nano fabrications, electro-active polymers, micro- and nano-fluidics, drug delivery systems, biosensor platforms, and electronic devices.
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Professor Siwy’s research is in the field of experimental biophysics and condensed matter physics. Her current focus is using synthetic nanopores as templates for biomimetic channels as well as ionic diodes and ionic transistors. She is interested in new physical and chemical phenomena accompanying ionic and molecular transport at the nano-and microscales.
Tuition & Scholarship
Comprehensive Program Fees* (4 college credits** + Post Session) : $9,495
Residential Program Fees* (2 college credits**) : $6,495
* Fees include all instructional materials, room & board and BEAM-arranged activities.
**All UCI credit is earned in conjunction with UCI Division of Continuing Education.
Scholarships Available for:
Outstanding applicants that demonstrate superior academic achievements