Explore BiGG Data REEU

A Research Experience for Undergraduates in Bioinformatics, Genetics, and Genomic (BiGG) Sciences

Explore BiGG Data Icon

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 (BiGG) Sciences.

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.

Students collecting pollen.
Program Overview
Expand content up
Scholars doing field work
Research Team
Expand content up
Scholars standing in front of Ayres Hall
Research Opportunities
Expand content up
Student delivering poster presentation
Publications and Presentations
Expand content up
Student taking saple from an Oak seedling
Expand content up

Program dates: June 5 – July 28, 2023
Applications open: December 19, 2022
Applications close: February 28, 2023
Application review: We will review applications as they are received.
Interviews scheduled: Beginning January 15, 2023.
Award Notification: Awardees will be notified by March 15, 2023

Program highlights:

  • 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 2023
  • Weekly academic programs and professional development training
  • $5,000 stipend
  • Travel costs reimbursed

Research Opportunities:

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 2021 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