Codes For Life (C4L) is a computationally-focused track within the CCIB Graduate Program, founded in 2022. C4L is also a National Research Traineeship (NRT) funded by the National Science Foundation.
The specific research themes of the Codes For Life NRT lie at the intersection of genomics and proteomics. These are two scientific communities that both rely heavily on computational approaches but which are unfortunately siloed. However, even if this is not your area of research focus, being a C4L trainee might make sense for you! Furthermore, nearly all of the training activities are open to all CCIB students (and even all RU-C STEM Graduate students) so you can also follow along on a voluntary basis.
Why join the C4L track?
There are multiple benefits to joining the C4L track as a CCIB graduate student. These include:
- The opportunity to both experience innovative training models and directly contribute to improving them.
- The CCIB graduate program provides an impressive breadth of knowledge and flexibility, but this can come at the expense of advanced computational skills. As a C4L graduate, our goal is that your computational skills will be more advanced than what you would have from nearly any other U.S. program in the life or physical sciences.
- NRT model programs are competitive, and being an NRT trainee adds a noteworthy element to your CV! You can read more about the NRT model here
- If you are a U.S. citizen and a PhD student, you may be eligible for an NRT fellowship that will fund you for one or two years, during which you would not need to do a TA-ship and your advisor would not need to pay you from a grant.
C4L students do have more specific requirements than those required of general CCIB students, but enrolling in C4L should not extend your time-to-degree. As a trainee in the C4L track, you would need to participate in the different activities detailed below:
Grace Brannigan, C4L Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Johnson, Senior Program Coordinator email@example.com
Anthony Geneva, Associate Director for Student Experience
Guillaume Lamoureux, Associate Director for Foundational Training
Andrey Grigoriev, Associate Director for Research
Iman Dehzangi, Associate Director for Technical Training
Benedetto Piccoli, Senior Personnel, Department of Math
Sunil Shende, Senior Personnel, Department of Computer Science
Suneeta Ramaswami, Senior Personnel, Department of Computer Science
Vladyslav Kholodovych, Senior Personnel, Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC)
Kristin Curtis, Senior Personnel, Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs
Gili Ad-Marbach, External Evaluator, University of Maryland
Application for the C4L Program
Incoming students should apply by the beginning of their third semester