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In response to COVID-19, our team is holding an 6-week course in basic bioinformatics coding open to current NIH BUILD students nationwide. The summer experience will use an online structured near peer mentoring framework. This means that each trainee will be part of a small mentoring group, and that they will work with a master's student to learn basic R coding, and to examine research questions. The theme will be COVID-19 resilience and resistance.
Where can we sign up?
When will this program take place?
What are the hours for this summer experience?
Where will this all take place?
This program will take place online using Zoom and other online technology.
Who is participating?
Current NIH BUILD Students from any of the 10 NIH BUILD sites.
Do scholars need R or coding skills before this program?
NO PRIOR CODING EXPERIENCE NEEDED.The course will accommodate a variety of learners at a range of skills and abilities. All are welcome. We are currently not accepting graduates (BUILD alumni). However, we have a waiting list if there are graduates who may be interested.
If a student is already doing research in an active lab, should they join BRC?
We encourage any NIH-BUILD scholars who are paired with a mentor and who are able to continue their ongoing research at their own site to continue and not participate with our program.
Who would the ideal candidates be for this program?
The ideal candidate is a newly selected BUILD student (not yet paired) or students who are engaged in research that is halted due to COVID-19. We would request students in the latter scenario to communicate early with their research supervisors/mentors that they are joining BRC for the summer only, and that they plan to RETURN to their primary lab as soon as it is safe or possible. If this occurs during BRC, we request that the student finish the 6BRC program.
The Near Peer Mentors are please fill out this interest form starting April 15.level students who have skills in facilitation and R-coding/public health/bioinformatics. We are recruiting who may want to serve as near peer mentors. If you are interested in becoming a BRC near peer mentor,
What skills are students expected to develop during the summer?
Population health science concepts, data collection from publicly available data sets, data analysis training with R, writing, presentation and communication skills.
Will faculty at other sites play a role?
For each site that participates in BRC, we will identify a key point person at each site. We recognize that faculty at other sites would like to maintain and enhance their relationships with students, especially newly selected trainees. Therefore, we are working on the means to include others.
Who are key contacts if I have any questions?
The Director of the BRC is Dr. Kala Mehta of the University of California at San Francisco's (UCSF) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Mehta is the Student Training Core (STC) Lead for the SF BUILD Program.
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Last Updated: April 14, 2021