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REU: Computational Biology Summer Program

 Sponsored by a Grant from the National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation

REU Poster Session in August 2013

Dr. Michael Palis, Professor of Computer Science, (left) and Dr. Simeon Kotchoni, Assistant Professor of Biology, (right) speak with students who participated in the 2013 Center for Computational and Integrative Biology-Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

The program will run from May 26th through July 31st, 2015.

All 10 accepted applicants receive full room and board plus a $5,000 stipend for the 10 week program.

Overview

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.

Program Goals:
  • 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.
Intellectual Focus:

The central theme linking research projects will be the modeling of biological systems — ecological, physiological, and molecular. We will focus on several main research projects, each involving multi-departmental collaboration.

  • Project 1 focuses on ecosystems viewed from many different scales;
  • Project 2 focuses on animal groups on the move;
  • Project 3 focuses on synthetic engineering for bio-fuel production;
  • Project 4 focuses on cell shapes in plants; and
  • Project 5 focuses on hormonal regulation of GABAa receptor.

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.


Application Process:

The Computational Biology Summer Program accepts 10 students each year. Each student will receive room and board plus a $5,000 stipend.

Application Deadline*: March 1, 2015

* If you feel that you will not make the deadline please email Karen Taylor asking if an extension is possible.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • 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 30 college 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 2014
Rutgers University – Science Building
315 Penn St.
Camden, NJ 08102