BRITE REU

Bioinformatics Research and Interdisciplinary Training Experience (BRITE) in Analysis and Interpretation of Information-Rich Biological Data Sets

2016 Program Dates: June 6-August 12

Week 1 / June 6 – 10

Monday, June 6
REU Orientation
LSEB 904 / 24 Cummington Mall

  • 10 AM Prof. Gary Benson, Director
    Review of expectations, commitment, time management, professional behavior, undergrad conferences and overview of activities.
  • 11:30 AM Introduction to Lab, Mentors, faculty and grad students
  • 12 PM Lunch
  • 1 PM Campus Tour (ID cards, fitrec, GSU, Marsh Chapel)
  • 3 PM Pictures
  • 3:30 PM Introduction to Lab, Mentors, faculty and grad students

Friday, June 10

  • 4 PM Student Mentor Relationship and Research Ethics
    Paul Lipton – Director, Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience, UROP
    Tom Gilmore – Chair and Professor of Biology
    Photonics 9th Floor Colloquium Room / 8 St. Mary’s Street

Weekly Notes
Lab safety training should be completed by the end of week 1

Week 2 / June 13 – 17

Monday, June 13

  • UROP BBQ
    12-­1:30 PM
    BU Beach

Wednesday, June 15

  • Pizza Dinner Networking Session
    5-6 PM
    PHO906

Weekly Notes
Prof. Benson meets with Student/Mentor/Grad Mentor teams
Students will start using weekly reporting wiki

Week 3 / June 20 – 24

Tuesday, June 21

  • Python Programming Workshop
    9 AM – 12 PM
    Sean Corbett, Joshua Klein, Joshua Loving
    LSEB B03

Wednesday, June 22

  • Python Programming Workshop
    9 AM – 12 PM
    Sean Corbett, Joshua Klein, Joshua Loving
    LSEB B03

Weekly Notes
Prof. Benson meets with Student/Mentor/Grad Mentor teams

Week 4 / June 27 – July 1

Tuesday, June 28

  • Duck Boat Tour
    4 PM

Week 5 / July 5 – 8

Weekly Notes
Prof. Benson meets with Grad Mentors

Week 6 / July 11 – 15

Tuesday, July 12

  • Boston by Foot Walking Tour
    4 – 6 PM

Week 7 / July 18 – 22

Tuesday, July 19

  • Museum of Science Trip
    4 PM

Week 8 / July 25 – 29

Tuesday, July 26

  • Scientific Poster Workshop / Prof. Gary Benson
    2-4 PM

Thursday, July 28

  • Museum of Fine Arts Guided Tour
    6–8 PM

Week 9 / August 1 – 5

Tuesday, August 2

  • Scientific Poster Workshop / Prof. Gary Benson
    2-4 PM

Week 10 / August 8 – 12

Monday, August 8

  • Ice Cream Social
    3-4 PM
    BU Beach

Tuesday, August 9

  • Overview of Graduate School Application Process
    Paola Sebastiani
    3:30 PM
    LSEB 103

Wednesday, August 10

  • REU Farewell Dinner
    Eastern Standard
    6:30 PM

Weekly Notes
Exit survey URSSA completed.
Written report about activities completed.

Full-time research, with a faculty mentor and a graduate student mentor

Workshops and seminars on:

Python Programming

Parallel Processing and Cloud Computing

Scientific communication including creating a research poster and oral presentation skills

Preparing a competitive graduate school application

Research Ethics

Presentation of your scientific poster in the fall at a BU sponsored or national (SACNAS, ABRCMS) undergraduate research conference

Bioinformatics research and career opportunities talks

Enrichment and social activities including:

Tours of Boston area scientific facilities (National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center)

Participation in the Student Organized Symposium

Visits to Boston museums

BU FitRec membership

REU participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions and enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. Applicants should have an interest in biological research and some quantitative training in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or a closely related field. Women, minorities, students with disabilities, and veterans are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.

Applicants are required to submit an unofficial undergraduate transcript, one letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can discuss your potential to successfully complete a bioinformatics research project, a resume and a personal statement (two pages max) discussing your research interests and experience, background in computing/math/biology, career goals, involvement in community and leadership activities and specific interest in the BU BRITE REU.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

The Program will begin accepting applications for the 2017 BRITE REU this fall. Please contact bioinfo@bu.edu to be added to the notification list.

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