2015 SRF Summer Scholars Program

Paid Summer Research Opportunity for Undergraduates

The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging. One such opportunity in the laboratory of Dr. Gordon Lithgow at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging will investigate the importance of metal homeostasis in C. elegans, which has been associated with lifespan, healthspan, and a number of age-related human diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, and ALS.

The Summer Scholars Program not only offers students the opportunity to conduct their own research project but also the chance to develop communication skills. Students participating in the program will hone their writing skills via periodic reports, which are designed to emulate text scientists commonly must produce. Additionally, a poster presentation at a SRF-sponsored conference at the end of the summer will provide the Summer Scholars with an opportunity to present their results to scientists from other research institutions.

To learn more about this summer internship program and other paid research opportunities at such institutions as the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, and the Scripps Research Institute, at www.sens.org/2015-summer-scholars.

Online applications will be accepted until 12 pm PST February 2, 2015. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact the SRF Director of Education Greg Chin

2015 SRF Summer Scholars Flyer

2015 SRF Summer Scholars Flyer

RFAs for the modENCODE Consortium announced

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) plans to initiate a model organism ENCODE (modENCODE) Project that will try to identify all of the sequence-based functional elements in the Caenorhabditis elegans and/or Drosophila melanogaster genomes. The project will be run as a Research Network called the modENCODE Consortium which is supported by two RFAs. The first RFA (RFA-HG-06-006) solicits applications for a set of projects that will conduct experiments to identify functional elements in the target genomes and the second RFA (RFA-HG-06-007) solicits applications to participate in the Research Network as a Data Coordination Center. Both experimental and computational approaches will be part of modENCODE and the project will be associated with, but separate from, the human ENCODE (ENCyclopedia of DNA Elements) Project that was launched by NHGRI in 2003. Questions about the modENCODE Project should be directed to either Elise Feingold or Peter Good at ENCODE@mail.nih.gov