Summer Research Experience
The KnowEnG center offers two consecutive summer research experiences for R25 undergraduate trainees from Fisk University. Students will gain hands-on training in designing and conducting research, and interact with the faculty and researchers at UIUC. In the first summer, the trainees will learn and explore various bioinformatics tools at the Bioinformatics Core Facility (HPCBio). The following summer, the students will work on a supervised project with a research group at UIUC or at Mayo Clinic. The KnowEnG center has partnered with the Graduate College Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) to provide a well-rounded experience and supportive cohort for the R25 trainees.
Short Summer Experience at HPCBio
High Performance Biological Computing (HPCBio) facility at University of Illinois provides a first class infrastructure for bioinformatics, combining hardware, software, databases, training, consulting and services. HPCBio provides a single, straightforward point of access, open to researchers from all campus units, helping them to find solutions to their biomedical data management and analysis problems. Undergraduate students from Fisk University gain hands-on experience using to Bioinformatics tools, such as RNA-Seq by working directly with scientists at HPCBio.
Contact: Jessica Holmes
Long Summer Experience at UIUC or Mayo Clinic
Fisk undergraduates that have attended the short Summer Experience are given the opportunity to attend a longer Summer Experience the following year. Students have a choice of attending either UIUC’s 9-week SROP program or Mayo Clinic’s 10-week SURF program. Both of these programs are well-regarded and rigorous research opportunities. In both programs, students are assigned a faculty advisor and given a novel research project with an emphasis on bioinformatics or computational biology.
Carleigh Frazier attended Mayo Clinic’s SURF program and was advised by Dr. Liewei Wang