On behalf of the VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities program and the Center on Health Disparities Research Training Programs we welcome you to submit an application to participate in the 2014 “Molecular Biology Lab Skills Bootcamp” to be held May 12-16, 2014. This bootcamp is supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the VCU Bridges to the Baccalaureate program, the VCU MARC and IMSD programs, and the VCU Office of Research. This opportunity is offered free of cost to you.
We have designed a week-long immersion course to prepare students, to enter a molecular research lab for the first time. The purpose of the course is to provide a snapshot of lab skills to help overcome challenges faced by student researchers who are new to a laboratory setting. Our goal is to help you assimilate to the lab environment faster, which will not only contribute to your fundamental research skills, but will also make you more attractive as a candidate for student research experiences as you continue your undergraduate career.
This is not a credit course, but successful students will be awarded a certificate upon completion of the program. Please note that you must make arrangements for your own housing during the ‘Bootcamp’, and 9 month dorms will be closed during this period.
We will give preference to the following students to whom some of the following apply: Four or more remaining semesters at VCU, no previous lab experience (outside of classes), desire to pursue a graduate degree. Students who transferred to VCU from community colleges in the Fall 2013 are strongly encouraged to apply. We will show preference to those who have secured or are seeking a summer research experience.
There are no prerequisites for this experience.
Applications review will be on a rolling basis priority will go to applications received by April 1st. Apply online: https://redcap.vcu.edu/rc/surveys/?s=GLht76fH3o
If you already have significant experience in a research laboratory, or you think that this course may not be for you. Please contact Dr. Sarah Golding (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly, so that we can discuss your experience and make an appropriate decision.