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Summer Research in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

The excitement for biological research in the 21st century is palpable. Technological advances have opened up a whole new realm of questions that can be addressed experimentally. Thousands of genomes, transcriptomes, and proteomes are being deciphered at an unprecedented pace, and additional high-throughput technologies are in the pipeline. Yet, it is clear that the constraint is no longer generating these vast datasets, but having the time, computer resources, and bioinformatics expertise to analyze them. CSHL’s specialized NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is designed to help address this need for expertise in bioinformatics and computational biology today and in the future by providing early training to undergraduate students that might not otherwise have access to education and research in BCB. This program is an integral component of a larger 10-week summer Undergraduate Research Program (URP) at CSHL, in which 25 U.S. and foreign students participate each year. Students in the CSHL NSF REU perform cutting-edge research in quantitative biology under the close supervision of CSHL mentors, becoming increasingly independent throughout the summer. In addition they learn early in their careers how to integrate biological research with sophisticated computational tools and techniques, REU students interact together, and attend scientific lectures and workshops on topics in biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, ethics, and careers in science by noted faculty in the Center for Quantitative Biology at CSHL and visiting scientists.

Yearly the 10-week CSHL REU Program begins the first week of June and ends the second week of August. During the first week, students receive a guided historical tour of the CSHL campus, and a tour of all CSHL facilities and resources available to them. Before starting in their laboratories, students attend a two-part Responsible Conduct in Research program. Throughout the remaining nine weeks the students receive training in Scientific Research, Science Communication, Career Preparation, and Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, all while interacting socially with fellow program participants and members of the CSHL community at large in formal and informal activities. Below is a schematic of the 10-week intellectually rigorous, yet socially and academically rewarding, experience.
accepts non-us citizens

Program Dates: 6/12/2017 - 8/12/2017

Participating Institution(s):
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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Lead)

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Academic Disciplines:
Cellular Biology
General Math & Computational Sciences
Genetics & Genomics
Molecular Biology
Plant Sciences

Computational Biology
Genetic Engineering
Macromolecular Science & Technology
Plant Systems Biology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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