Science Foundation (NSF) and the National
Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) see
bioengineering and bioinformatics as essential fields that underpin many
other areas of science and technology in the 21st century. To increase
the number of young people considering careers in bioengineering and bioinformatics
at the graduate level and beyond, the two agencies have established the
and Bioinformatics Summer Institutes (BBSI) Program. The aim
of this program is to provide students majoring in the biological sciences,
computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences with
interdisciplinary bioengineering or bioinformatics research and education
The Summer Institutes are
open to junior/senior undergraduates and, in most cases, first-year graduate
students from the host university or other institution. They consist of
summer programs across one or, in some cases, two summers. They combine
for-credit coursework and research seminars with hands-on research mentored
by leading faculty in the field. Students are paid a stipend.
NIBIB and NSF are interested
in having the Summer Institutes reach broadly into the national student
talent pool as they seek to attract a diverse group of U.S. citizens and
permanent residents to careers in bioengineering or bioinformatics, with
special emphasis on ensuring the participation of women, under-represented
minorities, and persons with disabilities in the program.
information about the BBSI Program, at NIH/NIBIB contact Dr.
Richard Baird and at NSF contact Dr.
Sohi Rastegar or Ms. Mary Poats.
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