We’re happy to announce a new program, REACT (Rapid Exposure to Advanced Computational Training), to support PhD students hoping to gain external training in computational tools and techniques.
REACT is a joint effort of the Environmental Change Initiative (ECI), The Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH), and the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF). REACT will provide up to $1,500 to cover student tuition, registration, room and board to attend nationally-recognized workshops that provide the training in the latest computational approaches. REACT is a short-term program; applications are considered on a rolling basis starting today January 4th, 2017, and funds will be dispersed until they run out.
REACT is indented to help you learn to generate, manipulate, and analyze data directly related to your PhD thesis. We hope that participation in these workshops will help you build networks with experts in the field and fellow peer investigators. Expertise in computational skills is in high demand on the job market, and participation in these workshops may help you compete for top jobs in academic, agency and industrial settings.
Information on student eligibility and application instructions are listed below. Any questions can be directed towards Beth Archie (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mike Pfrender (email@example.com), or Kathy Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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), and the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF). REACT will provide up to $1,500 to cover student tuition, registration, and board required to attend nationally-recognized workshops that provide the latest training in computational approaches.
- The applicant must be a PhD 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, or Notre Dame’s Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility. Students should check with their advisors if they are unsure.
- Students attending workshops may be asked to share the knowledge they gain with local working groups, journal clubs, or classes.
- REACT only covers costs for registration, tuition, room and board, up to $1,500. 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.
- Applications and inquiries should be submitted to Beth Archie (email@example.com), Mike Pfrender (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Kathy Taylor (email@example.com).
- Applications should consist of 2 parts:
- A one-page application that explains:
- What workshop the student plans to attend
- What computational skill(s) they will learn at the workshop
- How those skills will help their research
- The costs for workshop registration, tuition, and room and board. REACT provides up to $1,500 to cover these costs and these costs only.
- A sentence describing the admissions status of the student 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)
- 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, or GBCF.
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