TWO OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAINING IN THE GENOMIC SCIENCES
Think about your undergraduate students. Now imagine that each one produces a bit of novel data that offers new insight into a biological problem. How can this be done? What biological problems or questions are answerable through courses or even a single laboratory activity? What research experiences are appropriate for a general biology course? How about cell biology? Genetics? Biochemistry? Microbiology? The answers to these questions can all be found in genomics and bioinformatics. The two subjects permeate all life science classes, but how do we connect new knowledge in these areas to the undergraduate research experience that we value so highly?
Two American Society for Microbiology faculty residencies — one on bioinformatics and another on functional genomics — seek to support undergraduate science faculty in student-driven, interdisciplinary research. Through these two residencies, your students should have opportunities to
Understand the role of scientific research
Engage in a process of discovery around novel and unique questions
Seek out independent research opportunities
Both residencies are directed to science, math, and computer science faculty who
Teach undergraduate courses at community colleges, 4-year colleges, or research universities
Have little or no training in bioinformatics or genomic sciences
Have little or no training in introducing bioinformatics and genomic sciences in undergraduate courses
Both individual and team applications from a single institution are encouraged.
ASM/JGI Bioinformatics Institute:
Incorporating Bioinformatics Research in Undergraduate Education
March 7-10, 2012
Application deadline: November 15 , 2011
Goal: Participants will understand, interpret, and use molecular sequence information to solve problems, providing a framework for developing classroom activities and research projects for undergraduate students. The program features analysis of microbial genomes, molecular sequences, and structural data.
ASM/JGI Functional Genomics Institute:
Connecting Bioinformatics-Driven Hypotheses to Wet-Lab Projects
June 24-28, 2012
Application deadline: February 15, 2012
Goal: The ASM/JGI Functional Genomics Institute aims to meet the need for more undergraduate faculty in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines to involve their students in hands-on experiences in molecular genetics and to relate that work to ongoing functional genomics research.
2011 Functional Genomics Institute Highlights - learn more
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