The program will run from May 31 through August 5, 2016. All 10 accepted applicants receive full room and board plus a $5,000 stipend for the 10 week program.
The Computational Biology Summer Program provides meaningful summer research experiences to 10 undergraduate students and combines experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches with a focus on the intersection of the mathematical, computational, and biological sciences. In addition to the research experience, students receive computational biology training, professional skills development, and enrichment sessions geared towards broadening their understanding of the application of and issues surrounding scientific research. Faculty and post-graduate mentors guide the research projects and advise students toward further study and career development.
- Introduce students interested in pursuing a science major to an integrated approach to research that incorporates the biological sciences, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and physics.
- Provide students with tangible academic, professional, and personal skills.
- Provide students with insights as to the application of scientific research to global issues and societal needs.
- Foster a collaborative environment that encourages discovery and innovation.
- Expose students to areas of relevance related to scientific research and development such as ethical conduct of research, regulatory issues, technology transfer and licensing, entrepreneurship, venture finance, and quality assurance.
- Equip participants to decide whether they wish to further pursue computational biology and/or a career in scientific research.
The central theme linking research projects will be the modeling of biological systems — ecological, physiological, and molecular. We will focus on individual research projects, each involving multi-departmental collaboration.
In line with the spirit and mission of CCIB, all proposed research projects are designed in collaboration among faculty from different department and all include both experimental and computational components. This organization will allow the students to be exposed to both types of labs (experimental and computational) and especially to experience team science research.
- Project 1. Ecological impacts of species invasions on nutrient dynamics
- Project 2. Assessment of atmospheric pollution in urban habitats by bio-monitors: spider webs, tree barks, lichens, and mosses
- Project 3. An interdisciplinary approach to studying epidermal growth factor receptor signaling dynamics in epithelial tissues
- Project 4. Stochastic Resonance in the electroreceptive system of weakly electric fish: experimentation and computation
- Project 5. Computational and experimental approaches for identification of gene networks
- Project 6. Mathematical and experimental study on circadian phase-period relationship
- Project 7. Enzymatic Degradation of biomaterials by Neurospora
- Project 8. Experimental and Computational study on biofuel production using fungi
- Project 9. Deciphering the genetic basis of cell shape in plants: a computational and experimental approach
- Project 10. Effects of thyroid hormones on GABA(A) receptors investigated experimentally and computationall
Each project will start from generally-stated scientific questions and faculty mentors will guide REU students to critically examining the question (providing them with foundational knowledge and skills as needed), formulating hypotheses, designing experiments, and interpreting results for the verification of the hypotheses and the formulation of valid alternatives when possible.
The Computational Biology Summer Program accepts 10 students each year. Each student will receive room and board plus a $5,000 stipend.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2016
* If you feel that you will not make the deadline please email Karen Taylor asking if an extension is possible.
- Must be enrolled in a post-secondary program of education
(community college, adult education, degree completion program, or a traditional 4-yr college);
- Have maintained a cumulative 3.0 GPA;
- Have completed at least one undergraduate science course;
- Have completed no more than 2 years of undergraduate credits;
(i.e. applicants should be freshmen, sophomores, or associate’s degree level);
- Veterans are particularly encouraged to apply.
How to Submit Your Application
- Students must submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for applying to the program.
- Current, academic transcripts.
- Two letters of academic reference must also be provided.
Please send the application materials via online form or regular mail. If sending by regular mail please use the following address:
Karen D. Taylor, Manager, CCIB
Attention: REU Program
315 Penn St., Science Building 110
Camden, NJ 08102