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 This REU Site “Undergraduate Research Experience in Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics” award to Florida A&M University located in Tallahassee FL, will support the training of 8 undergraduate students for 10 weeks during the summers of 2016-2018. The program goal is to enhance student’ learning experience in “Systems Biology” and stimulate their appetite for graduate studies and careers in STEM disciplines. This research training will occur at Department of Biological Sciences located on campus focusing the areas of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics. This program will introduce the students to Responsible Conduct of Research, followed by problem-based research. Examples of independent projects include 1). Determine molecular responses for cross-tolerance mechanism in plants for various abiotic, and biotic stresses 2). Unravel the disease pathways and networks in model organisms via molecular and cellular studies 3). Bioinformatics to predict and network model for transcript and protein interactions. The emphasis will be to recruit at least half of the participants from institutions that have limited research facilities and students belonging to under represented minorities. The application forms are available on www.famu.edu/index.cfm?REU&Introduction. The candidates will be shortlisted based on Skype interview by the panel and the selected candidates will be notified before April 30.

            It is anticipated that, a total of 24 students primarily from schools with limited research opportunities, will be trained in the program. This REU will provide opportunities for professional events that allow students to form networks, which is critical to their development as proficient scientists. Students will present their research at conferences and will get the opportunity to disseminate in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

            A common web-based assessment tool used by all REU programs funded by the Division of Biological Infrastructure (Directorate for Biological Sciences) will be used to determine the effectiveness of the training program. Students will be tracked after the program in order to determine student career paths. Students will be asked to respond to an automatic email sent via the NSF reporting system. More information about the program is available by contacting PI (Dr. Ramesh Katam at ramesh.katam@famu.edu) or Co-PI (Dr. Virginia Gottschalk at virginia.gottachalk@famu.edu).



 Disclaimer: Program is subjected to availability of funds from National Science Foundation



Please submit Application Forms before March 21, 2016.
Application Form:  .doc