- Linfield College

Interdisciplinary First year Orientation Camp for Undergraduate Sciences

Start your Linfield Science Career with an interdisciplinary hands-on laboratory and field experience!

August 17, 2018 - August 23, 2018
(Peer Mentors arrive August 15th)

What is iFOCUS boot camp?

iFOCUS boot camp is a week long science camp that provides the opportunity for you to get off to a great start at Linfield College while you learn about science across the traditional science disciplines of biology, chemistry, math, and physics at Linfield-all before most of your peers arrive at campus!

The most pressing problems in biomedical, physical, and environmental sciences demand interdisciplinary solutions. The iFOCUS boot camp, learning communities, and science colloquium series at Linfield College provide the opportunity for you to work intimately with faculty and student researchers while you learn to approach problems from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. 

Why should I apply?

During the iFOCUS boot camp, you will have an opportunity to get started on your science education early and hit the ground running when classes begin.  By arriving on campus just six days early, you will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in interdisciplinary research projects and gain hands on experience with laboratory and field techniques
  • engage with student peer mentors
  • be mentored by Linfield science faculty
  • hear about career opportunities in the sciences
  • present at a poster session
  • become part of an interdisciplinary science community at Linfield College and learn about other ways to get involved such as attending the Science Colloquium Lecture Series or participating in one several science Learning Communities. 

Qualifications-Any student who has been accepted to and is planning to attend Linfield College in the fall is eligible to apply. Application to the iFOCUS program will be competitive; a limited number of spaces are available in order to ensure a low student: faculty ratio of 3 to 1. We are looking for students who demonstrate a desire to engage in scientific inquiry and are really excited about the scientific process.


What does the program cost?

All meals, housing, supplies, and transportation costs will be covered during your participation in the iFOCUS program! To participate, only a $50 deposit to hold your spot is required. All other expenses are covered! This includes housing, three meals a day, and transportation during the program, and all other activities for the entire week. Scholarships are available for those students with financial need. If you are accepted, you will be notified of where to send your deposit.

Where will participants live during the week?

Students will move directly into their Fall housing assignment at the beginning of the week. Students will not have to move again.

When will applicants be notified?

Applicants will be notified early July 2018 (definite date coming soon) as to whether they have been accepted into the program.  Look for an e-mail! At that time, we will let you know where to send your deposit, a packing list, when to arrive, and more information.  Please do not make your travel arrangements prior to receiving notification of your acceptance.

I am an athlete, can I apply to participate?

New students who are trying out for athletics for fall sports at Linfield are not able to participate in this program due to overlap of schedules.   

Does applying to the program mean that I will be accepted as an iFOCUS participant?

Due to the program's current capacity and limited space in research laboratories, iFOCUS has a limited number of participant slots available.  

Are there other opportunities to get involved at Linfield regardless of my acceptance into iFOCUS?

Absolutely! Linfield Science majors participate in a wide variety of research and science experiences.  Look for Department Open Houses during the first semester, announcements for Thursday afternoon Science Colloquium meetings, and many more opportunities.