• CPRIT Summer Undergraduate Fellowship in Computational Cancer Biology
    Funded by Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) RP140443




    Summer 2015 activities:

    Orientation: Wednesday, May 27 from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm in BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) 172, 6500 Main @ University. See map here.

    Other important dates for 2015 students:

    Thursday, July 23: abstracts due in Word format to glueck@rice.edu. Abstracts are maximum 600 words, single-spaced, black and white, 11 pt Times/Times New Roman. Full instructions were attached to Melissa's email on 7/14/2015. Remember to get your supervisor's and mentor's permission on all abstracts, reports, and posters before sending it to Melissa.


    Thursday, July 30: final scientific reports due in Word format to glueck@rice.edu. Minimum 2 pages not including references (may be longer if you wish); Word format, single spaced, 11 pt Arial, 0.5 margins on all sides. Melissa will email you the full instructions about content.


    Friday, July 31: Poster session / lunch / awards - end of summer program. Here are links to poster design, poster templates using PowerPoint (best is 3-panel, 36x48). Event is 10:00 am - 3:30 pm in the BRC 1st Floor Event Hall (next to the patio).   


    You are required to acknowledge funding on your abstracts and posters. Please use this phrase: This research was funded by the CPRIT Summer Undergraduate Program in Computational Cancer Biology, training grant award RP 140113 from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).leading from the patio). Melissa will send you the GCC and CPRIT logos to use on your posters.



    Scientific Communication series with Dr. Susan Marriott, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). All sessions held in BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) 110 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm.

    Friday, June 26: Best Practices for Lab Notebooks - Why and How

    Wednesday, July 1: Scientific Writing - Words and Sentences

    Monday, July 6: Scientific Writing -  Paragraphs and Practice

    Wednesday, July 15: Writing a Compelling Abstract (conducted by Dr. Sonia Morgan-Linnell, BCM); how to present posters (conducted by Dr. Melissa Thompson, GCC)

    Tuesday, July 21: Creating Great Figures and Posters (Dr. Morgan-Linnell)

    Thursday, July 23: Preparing a Scientific Report


    Opportunities to learn about graduate school:

    Monday, July 13: PhD career panel, and graduate programs fair. Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), cafeteria and Rayzour Lounge. Bring your ID for security. Your BCM sponsor is Sr. Assoc. Dean Dr. Gayle Slaughter.

    Monday, July 20: How to apply to graduate school (including how to write an effective personal statement,  interviews skills, etc.). Baylor College of Medicine, 1st floor auditorium in Alkek Building. Bring your ID for security. Your BCM sponsor is Sr. Assoc. Dean Dr. Gayle Slaughter.


    Responsible Conduct of Research mini-course (optional):

    July 13 & 14 from 9:30 - 11:00 am in BRC 280 (top of the outside stairs leading from the patio). This course does not fully satisfy all NIH requirements.


    Unique opportunity for undergraduates interested in computational cancer biology!

    Our Computational Cancer Biology Training Program offers selected summer research undergraduates the chance to work one-on-one in labs with postdoctoral fellows who have mentors at the interface of two different research disciplines: one computational and one biological. This unique program offers you the opportunity to gain an interdisciplinary outlook on the problems presented in fundamental cancer research.

    You will be matched for a research experience in labs at multiple institutions in Houston and Galveston, Texas, according to your interests, previous knowledge and/or experience, and the availability of positions. You will work full time (~40 hours/week) during the 10-week period on an ongoing project in the lab, learning lab protocol and techniques. Your mentor will recommend scientific articles to read in preparation for your summer. 

    Program dates for 2015 are Wednesday, May 27 - Friday, July 31, 2015.
    Students are expected to participate in the entire program; time off for July 4 must be negotiated with your mentor.

    You will:

    • Complete an individual hands-on lab rotation
    • attend a short course on the responsible conduct of research
    • interact with and hear informal talks from postdoctoral fellows working in the field
    • prepare a scientific report and present your project in a formal poster session.   

    Who is eligible:    

    • US Citizens or Permanent Residents already holding a Green Card; some international students enrolled at UH may be eligible; UH determines this.
    • Rising college/university sophomores, juniors, or seniors whose majors are either quantitative or biological: 
      • statistics    
      • computational and applied math    
      • computer science   
      • biology   
      • biochemistry   
      • bioengineering
      • chemistry     
      • physics   
      Preferred are students who: 
    • are interested in going to graduate or medical school
    • have taken coursework in math, science, and/or computer programming
    • have computational / programming knowledge and skills, and/or lab experience
    • have completed two or three years of college / university 
    • are members of ethnic or racial groups who are under-represented in STEM fields

    What the stipend is
    • $4,750 total stipend for the 10-week full-time summer research experience (Important: students are responsible for providing their own transportation and housing.). 

    What the application components are:  

    • Resume or CV: include
      • your contact email and cell number
      • the name of your home college/university, your year and major, and your current cumulative GPA 
      • a list of all previous jobs you have had (including jobs in a lab, if any)
      • any computer language / programming courses you have taken, or practical programming experience you have.  
    • One-page statement (single spaced, 11 pt font, 1-inch margins; include your name at the top) about
      • why you want to do summer research in computational cancer biology 
      • what you hope to gain from this experience
      • what your educational / career goals are
      • in which type of lab you would prefer to be placed, wet lab or computational lab (your preferences will be taken into account but not guaranteed)
      • whether you would like to be placed in a lab in Houston or Galveston 
    • 2 letters of recommendation from a faculty member or former employer; ask your references to email their letters directly to glueck@rice.edu    
    • Transcripts from all undergraduate colleges/universities attended; make sure the transcript from your current institution includes your Spring 2015 course enrollment. Unofficial copies are acceptable for your application; summer fellows will be required to provide official copies.  
    • All application materials must be received by Monday, February 23, 2015 by mail at the address below, or by email to glueck@rice.edu. All applicants will receive email notifications as soon as possible after participants have been chosen, beginning March 23 but no later than April 6, 2015.   
      • Application materials can be emailed to glueck@rice.edu or mailed to the following address:  

                              Gulf Coast Consortia, MS 141
                                Attn: Melissa Glueck
                                PO Box 1892
                                Houston, Texas 77251-1892                 

    For further information contact Melissa Glueck at glueck@rice.edu.  

    The Gulf Coast Consortia administers this program; the GCC is comprised of Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, University of Houston, UT Health Science Center at Houston, UT Medical Branch at Galveston, and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. Summer positions may not be available at all institutions during any given summer.