Explore BiGG Data
A Research Experience for Undergraduates in Bioinformatics, Genetics, and Genomic (BiGG) Sciences
The goal of the Explore BiGG Data REEU is to holistically prepare talented, diverse women for graduate programs and careers in bioinformatics, genetics and genomics. Because demand for bioinformatics capabilities throughout the food, agricultural, and natural resource sectors greatly outweighs current supply, there is a critical need for a diverse, talented workforce well trained in Bioinformatics, Genetics, and Genomic Sciences (BiGGS).
This program, a powerful training combination of bioinformatics with genetics and genomic data training, will provide opportunities to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and digital competency skills. Furthermore 21st Century skills training will provide Explore BiGG Data Fellows with the communication/leadership skills needed for future employment and/or higher education.
Program dates: June 1 – July 23, 2021
Begin reviewing applications: February 16, 2021
- 8-week research training opportunity
- Team composition
- Undergraduate student in biology-based discipline
- Undergraduate student in computer-based discipline
- Faculty mentor engaged in biology-based research
- Faculty mentor engaged in bioinformatics or computer-based research
- Graduate student skilled in bioinformatics, genomics, or genetics
- Research Projects 2021
- Weekly academic programs and professional development training
- $5,000 stipend
- Travel costs reimbursed
- Differentiating soil aggregate inoculum and host factors driving root microbiome assembly and function
- Population genetics of an invasive & established pest species of cattle
- Population genetics of fungal pathogen in walnuts
- Understanding plant-microbe interactions in woody plants
Who should apply?
- Highly motivated women students interested in bioinformatics, genomics, or genetics
- Women considering graduate school
- Women undergraduates who will be attending a 4-year college or university in Fall 2020 to work toward the Bachelor’s degree.
- Women who are in underrepresented groups, or those who are the first generation in their families to attend college are particularly encouraged to apply