Current Scholars

For class-related information, please see the Programs & Curriculum page.

The QBIC curriculum has been designed by FIU faculty to meet and exceed the mathematical and science requirements to earn a BSc in Biological Sciences from FIU.

QBIC Scholars are expected to meet higher standards of conduct and academic achievement to remain in good standing.

Those with extenuating circumstances may be granted extensions at the discretion of the QBIC Program Director

QBIC Policies

We recommend that QBIC Scholars seek non-QBIC, major-related advising in the department from which they are seeking a degree. Biological Science majors, for example, should contact Dr. John Makemson or Ms. Evonne Palomino.

QBIC Scholars seeking general or QBIC-specific advising are asked to please contact the QBIC Program Office to make an appointment with a QBIC advisor.

QBIC faculty and staff are also available for informal advising sessions, should our scholars seek us out.

QBIC Scholars are encouraged to inquire about, and participate in research before their junior year. QBIC provides the personal attention of faculty and staff, who are able to steer QBIC Scholars toward the many research programs and opportunities a large research institution such as FIU can offer.

Participating in research allows scholars to:

  • acquire experience and make more educated decisions regarding their academic and career choices
  • participate in projects that will build their skill sets and professional network
  • apply for prestigious summer programs that offer paid, out-of-state research opportunities
  • improve their likelihood of being accepted into professional and graduate programs with an application bolstered by experience and personal letters of recommendation

and, hopefully,

  • present their research at local and national conferences, and perhaps even publish it

For links to a number of FIU research programs and opportunities, please visit the Home page.

For advice on research, please contact the QBIC Program Office to make an appointment with a QBIC advisor.

The QBIC Study Room is currently GL 153. Only QBIC Scholars are allowed use of the study room, and entry access is restricted to QBIC program tutors and designated volunteers.

In exchange for the extremely rare allotment of a room designated for undergraduate usage, FIU and QBIC ask that scholars:

  • do not allow non-QBIC students the use of the room
  • maintain the room in a clean and safe manner
  • refrain from loud or disruptive behavior that could disturb the neighbors

Failure to respect these requests, as evidenced by multiple complaints, will result in the culprit receiving a behavioral complaint. Behavioral complaints spanning multiple semesters result in revocation of the scholarship (if a recipient), and finally dismissal from QBIC.

QBIC Scholars have QBIC-paid tutors available for QBIC classes. Tutors can accommodate 1-5 scholars per tutoring session, and make individual appointments personally.

Tutors are entitled to refuse or cancel appointments (within reason). Please contact the QBIC Program Office for the email addresses of current tutors.

If a scholar is not satisfied with a tutor, we ask that they please let QBIC staff know and try the other tutors available for the subject. QBIC staff will attempt to source more tutors upon request.

QBIC Scholars are sent notices regarding conferences, seminars, and other events of interest via email.

The Biological Sciences Department hosts many speakers, and we recommend that scholars attend as many lectures as possible. Benefits include meeting non-FIU scientists, establishing relationships with FIU faculty and classmates, and learning about current research at FIU and beyond.