Applications now open for “Bioinformatics and Biodiversity” Undergraduate Workshop

Our first student training event for RCN EukHiTS will be a  “Bioinformatics & Biodiversity” Undergraduate Workshop, to be held July 28-31, 2014  at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Click here to download a PDF flyer

This NSF-sponsored workshop will explore the field of environmental DNA sequencing, including the collection and analysis of data. Students will learn how high-throughput sequencing approaches (rRNA gene surveys, metagenomics) are being used to investigate the biodiversity of microbial eukaryotes and the ecosystem processes taking place in an environment. Students will gain experience in traditional taxonomic methods as well as processing and interpreting metagenomic data from environmental sequencing of whole sediment communities.

We welcome applications from undergraduates currently enrolled in any higher-educational institution in the USA.  All applicants are expected to have taken, at minimum, an introductory college-level course in Biology. Successful applicants will receive a stipend to cover all costs including travel.

To apply, e-mail the following materials to by Tuesday April 15th:

  • Curriculum Vitae (including references – see comment section below for additional information on references)
  • Statement of interest (indicating biology courses taken and how attending the workshop would benefit your long-term career goals; maximum length 1 page)



9 thoughts on “Applications now open for “Bioinformatics and Biodiversity” Undergraduate Workshop

    • Thanks for pointing that out – not sure why it wasn’t working before, but I’ve fixed the link and you should be able to get to a larger image by clicking on the thumbnail. You can download the same flyer by clicking the link to the PDF version as well (higher resolution for printing and reposting).

  1. Can international students apply? I’m a Biology undergrad from Guatemala and I’m very interested in the workshop.

    • Unfortunately this year we’re going to restrict awards to students currently enrolled at US-based institutes (which includes international students attending US colleges). For next year’s workshop we may extend the application process to students enrolled at overseas institutes (this will depend on the conditions of our funding). Thanks for your interest, and keep an eye on on the RCN website for future opportunities.

  2. About the CV (including references), exactly how many and what kind of references are preferred? Actual letters of rec or just contact info is okay?

    • Hi Christina – apologies that we did not clarify this on the original post. One letter of recommendation can accompany the application (written by a professor or research supervisor) – this is optional, but may significantly increase the strength of your application. On your CV you can also list contact information for any additional professional references (up to three references); for example, you may want to list references relating to any relevant work experience or research projects.

    • Applications are now closed for the 2014 workshop, and we have notified all successful applicants. We’ll be running the workshop again next year, so please keep an eye out for the next application call in Spring 2015!

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