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Research Experiences for Undergraduates: 2012

The Chicago Center for Systems Biology (CCSB) and the Conte Center for Computational Systems Genomics of Neuropsychiatric Phenotypes are offering two REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) programs this summer.  Both Centers seek qualified undergraduates for 2012 REU fellowships.  Stipends are $4,000 for ten-week projects.  They will be awarded on a competitive basis based on academic excellence, motivation, scientific potential, compatibility of personal interests, and long-term career goals aligned with research programs of the CCSB and Conte Centers.  Applicants with computational science backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.  All participants must be U.S. citizens (or permanent residents) and enrolled in (but not yet graduated from) an accredited undergraduate college degree program with a concentration in a biological science field.
 
If selected, students will be matched with a research mentor. During the program participants will be invited to lab meetings and seminars.  In addition, they will have access to libraries, athletic facilities, and University-sponsored cultural events.  At the conclusion of summer projects, students will produce a summary report and present their findings at a REU Symposium.
 
The deadline for receipt of REU application materials (see attached pdf files) is February 24, 2012.  Students can apply to one or both programs. Send via mail or email all application materials to:

Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Education and Outreach Director, IGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, Rm. 10-114
University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
baprison@bsd.uchicago.edu
312-659-8848 c
773-834-2787 w

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Summer research opportunity offered by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications:

IMA Special Workshop
MAXIMA Interdisciplinary Research Experience for Undergraduates
June 18-July 27, 2012

MAXIMA is an intensive six week REU program in interdisciplinary mathematics, funded by a 3-year NSF REU grant and by the IMA.
Students will work in teams of four on an open research problem in applied mathematics. Each team will be advised by a Macalester Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) faculty member. In Summer 2012, problems will be posed by University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers from computer science and electrical engineering. Students will also be mentored by a postdoctoral fellow at the IMA.
The program is designed to allow students to experience the excitement of doing research that is relevant to another field. Students will learn how to formulate domain-specific questions in mathematical ways and assimilate the ability to communicate across disciplines. The program will develop mathematical skills and expository argumentation. By the end of the summer, each team will produce a written report, an oral presentation, and a research poster.
Eligibility
•    Students must be current sophomores and juniors who will be full-time undergraduate students as of September 2012, majoring in mathematics or a related field at a U.S. college or university.
•    Students must have taken multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and at least one upper-level undergraduate courses (and preferably more). Exposure to one of computer science or statistics is also preferred. See the problem descriptions for further background requirements.
•    Students must be fully committed to the REU. Students may not engage in any other course work or employment for the duration of the program.
•    Nine spots are funded by the NSF: these are open to US citizens and permanent residents. Three spots are funded by the IMA: these spots are open to US citizens and permanent residents, and to international students studying at US institutions.
  Women and underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
Remuneration
Students receive a stipend of about $3,300 and a travel allowance to/from the REU site. UMN campus housing and meals are provided at no additional cost. Support will also be provided to attend a national mathematics meeting to present the student research.
Questions about the program should be sent to reu@ima.umn.edu

Applications Due: March 1, 2012.

 

Pre-Health Events

 

AMSA: What I wish I knew before applying to medical school
Wednesday, February 15
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Room 66-110
A powerpoint presentation followed by a Q&A by two panelists currently at Harvard Med.  Phillip Kim is an MIT alum who graduated in 2010 with a degree in Course 10B & 7A. He is currently a New Pathway MD, MBA candidate and a student interviewer for New Pathway MD program. Mary Xu is an MIT alum who graduated in 2011 with a degree in Course 7. She is currently a HST MD candidate.
To register for this AMSA sponsored event, please click here.

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Information Session
Wednesday, February 22
11:30-12:30 p.m.
Room 12-122
Mark Pokras, D.V.M., will be on campus to talk about the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and to provide advice on how to prepare for a career in Veterinary Medicine.

HSDM's 3rd annual Pre-Dental Mini-Conference
Friday, February 24
3:00-7:00 p.m.
Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Research and Education Building, 188 Longwood Avenue, Boston
HSDM's American Student Dental Association (ASDA) & Oral Health Pursuit of Equity Network (OPEN) presents this year's Pre-Dental Mini-Conference. All pre-dental students are invited to join us for this wonderful opportunity to become oriented to different aspects of dentistry, as well as life in dental school. Meet the Director of Admissions at HSDM, current dental students, and other pre-dental students from around the Boston and New England area. Learn about the admissions process and get all of your questions answered! Food will be provided.
To register for this HSDM sponsored event please visit http://goo.gl/Ho9pu