Dear Faculty and Students,
We’re happy to announce that the REACT (Rapid Exposure to Advanced Computational Training) program will be funding students in 2018/2019. REACT supports PhD students and thesis Masters students hoping to gain external training in computational tools and statistics.
REACT is a joint effort of the Environmental Change Initiative (ECI), The Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH), the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF), and the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI). REACT will provide up to $1,300 to cover student tuition, registration, room and board to attend nationally- and internationally-recognized workshops that provide the training in the latest computational approaches. Such training is a top priority of many ND faculty. REACT is flexible program, intended to quickly and efficiently train a cohort of students who will act as leaders in computational approaches and serve as a support network for each other and their labs. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and funds will be dispersed until they run out.
To date we have supported training for 14 students to attend 13 different courses in five different countries! Checkout the courses they attended and what they thought of their experiences here.
Apply online here: http://bit.ly/REACTProgram
Information on student eligibility and more specific instructions are attached. Faculty, please forward this announcement and the instructions to your students; students, please share this announcement with your friends. Please direct any questions towards Beth Archie (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mike Pfrender (email@example.com), Kara Primmer (Kara.Huegel.firstname.lastname@example.org), or Kathy Taylor (email@example.com).
The ND-ECI Team, the Eck Institutue for Global Health, the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility, and the Harper Cancer Research Institute
REACT: Rapid Exposure to Advanced Computational Training
Across the sciences, the skills required to analyze large data sets, build statistical models, and simulate complex processes are becoming increasingly critical. For example, genomic data sets may consist of millions of sequencing reads from hundreds or thousands of samples. In ecology and earth sciences, researchers are applying new methods for modeling ecological data and assimilating data and models to improve forecasts of ecological and environmental change. In systems biology, scientists are modeling the emergent properties of interacting genes, proteins, cells, and tissues. All of these research areas depend on computational fluency.
The REACT program (Rapid Exposure to Advanced Computational Training) is a short-term initiative to support graduate students to receive the latest training in computational tools and techniques in their field. REACT is a joint effort between the Environmental Change Initiative (ECI), the Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH), the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF), and the Harper Cancer Institute (HCRI). REACT will provide up to $1,300 to cover student tuition, registration, and board required to attend nationally-recognized workshops that provide the latest training in computational approaches. A list of workshops students have attended and their reviews of those workshops can be found here.
- The applicant must be a PhD student or thesis Masters student enrolled at Notre Dame.
- The student's advisor/PI must be a member in good standing with either the Environmental Change Initiative, the Eck Institute for Global Health, Notre Dame’s Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility, or the Harper Cancer Institute. Students should check with their advisors if they are not sure of their PI’s affiliations.
- Students attending workshops may be asked to share the knowledge they gain with local working groups, journal clubs, classes, or a symposium of fellow REACT awardees.
- REACT will cover costs for registration, tuition, room and board, up to $1,300. REACT does not cover research expenses or travel costs. Travel costs are expected to be covered by the student’s advisor/PI.
- Applications are considered on a rolling basis. All applications should be submitted online at: http://bit.ly/REACTProgram.
- Applicants will be required to provide:
- Information on the workshop they plan to attend.
- An explanation of the computational skill(s) they will learn at the workshop and how those skills will help their research.
- The costs for workshop registration, tuition, and room and board. REACT provides up to $1,300 to cover these costs and these costs only.
- Information on their admissions status in regards to the workshop (e.g. the student has not yet applied, the student has applied and the application is pending, or the student has applied and has been admitted to the workshop. If the latter, students will provide evidence of acceptance.)
- A short letter from the student’s sponsoring advisor/PI that states:
- That the PI supports the student’s attendance at the workshop
- That the PI will pay for the student's travel costs
- Which of the following ND Centers, Initiatives, and Institutes the PI regularly affiliates with: ECI, EIGH, GBCF, or HCRI.