England: London - Molecular Biology
University College London (UCL), founded in 1826, is the oldest and largest College of the University of London. It was the first university institution to be set up in England after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to admit students regardless of class, religion, race, or sex. UCL currently has over 22,000 students. The College boasts 21 Nobel prizewinners, and is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the world.
UCL is located in the heart of the Bloomsbury district in the center of London. Most attractions of London are within walking distance of the College: national art galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas, concert halls, opera houses, rock and jazz venues, bookshops, and an endless variety of cafes and restaurants.
The Pomona College Molecular Biosciences Program is run in cooperation with UCL's International Office and the Department of Molecular Biosciences in the Division of Biosciences. The Department is recognized for its world-class teaching and research. Close links with the Bloomsbury Structural Biology consortium, Medical Research
Council laboratories and the UCL Institute of Child Health enrich the academic program. The Pomona students are fully integrated into academic life at UCL in classes, labs, lectures, seminars, etc.
Fall Semester: late August to mid-December.
Fields of Study
Molecular Biosciences, with electives in humanities or social sciences.
10.0 GPA and junior standing. Program participants must be established Molecular Biology majors or Biochemistry track Chemistry majors. The following Pomona courses are prerequisites: Chemistry 1a and 1b, or Chemistry 51; Chemistry 110a and 110b; Biology 40; Biology 41c. Students are required to have previous research labratory experience.
Number of Students
Approximately 5 to 7 Pomona students. Total College enrollment is approximately 22,000.
The program begins with a dedicated two-and-one-half-week lab component. Students will work in a UCL research lab on an existing research project. Students will be distributed into different research labs based upon availability and interest, and will continue their projects over the course of the UCL semester by spending two afternoons each week in the lab. A written report on the lab experience is due at the end of the semester. (1 Pomona course credit).
During the UCL Autumn Term, students take three university courses (each worth 1 Pomona course credit). Typical enrollment includes two electives in biology or chemistry, though students may choose another discipline for one of these courses in consultation with the Pomona faculty liaisons. This program requires students to enroll in an elective with focus on British art, history, politics, or culture.
Students identify a maximum of two UCL departments in which they wish to enroll; they are admitted directly by these departments. One department must be the Division of Biosciences.
Applicants should schedule an advising session with Prof. Seligman or Prof. O'Leary, the program's faculty liaisons, to assist in course selection. Course selection will be finalized upon arrival in London in consultation with the on-site Pomona director.
Pomona's P/NC option is limited to non-science courses only.
Pomona students are housed in UCL residence halls, and students may choose either catered or self-catered halls. In catered halls, meals are provided in hall cafeterias. For students in self-catered residences, Pomona provides a full meal allowance.
Lenny Seligman and Dan O'Leary
www.ucl.ac.uk (University College London website)