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Quantitative Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Program

About

The Quantitative Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Program offers summer research fellowships to undergraduates. This program allows undergraduate students majoring in biology, engineering, mathematics, statistics, or physics to participate in hands-on laboratory or computational research that applies mathematical concepts and methodology to understanding mechanisms in biology. If selected, leadership will match you with a faculty mentor.

Participants will be encouraged to attend activities such as, weekly workshops covering communication, design, ethics, teamwork, and entrepreneurship; a day trip to a local museum or Argonne National Laboratory; a presentation on applying to graduate school; and other cohort outings. Example program from 2019.

This program is supported by the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology and the Northwestern Research Training Grant in Quantitative Biological Modeling.

Stipend

Participants in the program receive a taxable stipend of approximately $4,000. Travel, housing and meals are not supported by this program. Housing resources can be found at https://www.northwestern.edu/offcampus/housing/find-housing/index.html 

Eligibility
To be considered for this program, applicants must currently be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors with demonstrated interests in mathematics and/or biology. 

Expectations

  • Participants are expected to spend 100% of their summer break working in a participating faculty member’s research group for 8-weeks between end of June 22 – August 14, 2020. (Dates can be flexible to accommodate your university/college’s spring term/quarter end date and fall term/quarter start date.)
  • Participants must agree not to take on any other paid work or research grants for any part of the eight-week period, and must not be enrolled in courses for any part of that period.
  • Participants must give a 15-minute slide presentation or a poster presentation at the end of the program to the Center directors, investigators, scholars and personnel.

Application Form

How to Apply

The application deadline for this program is January 24, 2020

To apply, students must submit the following materials via email to Tiffany Leighton Ozmina, tiffany.ozmina@northwestern.edu 

  • A completed Application Form
  • Essay Questions (included in the application form)
  • Your college/university Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
  • Resume
  • A Letter of Recommendation from a faculty instructor/advisor/mentor

Your Letter of Recommendation should be emailed directly from your recommender to the Center Administrator, Tiffany Leighton Ozmina at tiffany.ozmina@northwestern.edu .

Center program leadership and faculty recognize that the scientific leadership of tomorrow is strengthened by diversity and inclusion in the training of today’s students. CQuB is committed to the recruitment, retention and professional success of a diverse cohort of students and to providing access and accommodations for students with disabilities.

Northwestern University and AccessibleNU are committed to providing a supportive and challenging environment for all undergraduate, graduate, professional school, and continuing studies students with disabilities who attend the University. Find out more here, http://www.northwestern.edu/accessiblenu/

Participating Faculty Mentors

Danny Abrams

Associate Professor, Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Erik Luijten

Chairperson, Materials Science and Engineering; McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Ravi Allada

Chair and Professor, Neurobiology; Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Project 3 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Madhav Mani

Assistant Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; Assistant Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Project 1 & 4 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Luis Amaral

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering; Professor of Molecular Biosciences and Physics & Astronomy, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; Investigator, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Carole LaBonne

Chair and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Project 1 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Erik Andersen

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Project 2 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Niall Mangan

Assistant Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; Project 2 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Antonio Auffinger

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Investigator, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Aaron Packman

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Rosemary Braun

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; Project 3 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Hermann Riecke

Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Richard Carthew

Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Director and Project 4 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Alexandria Volkening

NSF-Simons Fellow, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Dan Dombeck

Associate Professor of Neurobiology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Alec Wang

Associate Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Project 5 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Bill Kath

Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; Professor of Neurobiology, Weinberg College of Arts and Science; Co-Director and Project 3 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

JiPing Wang

Professor of Statistics and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Project 2 & 5 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Recommendations

Here are a few recommendations to further support your application and your exploration into quantitative biology.

  • During the academic year participate in an independent research project with a faculty member at your home institution.
  • Take online tutorials (e.g. Coursera) and/or basic computer science courses in programming. The most used programming languages are Matlab, R, Python, C++, and Java.
  • For Math majors, take a fundamental course in general, cell, or developmental biology.
  • For Biology majors, take a fundamental course in statistics.
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