What is the Summer 2020 BUILD Research Collaboratory (BRC) experience?
In response to COVID-19, we’re launching an 8-week course in basic bioinformatics coding for 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 masters student to learn basic coding, and to examine health outcomes. The focus will be COVID-19 and its impact on communities, particularly communities facing health disparities. 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.
Can we still sign up?
When will this program take place?
June 22- August 15. We anticipate running Monday-Thursdays only and having students participate in either a morning or mid morning mentoring sessions pacific time to accommodate all time zones.
Times are being finalized based on stduent input. However, expect a start time of around 9am PST/12pm EST. Instruction will last for 8 weeks, 4 days a week and will require students to attend 2-3 hours of online group work daily; there will also be out of class reading, group work and assignments.
We will be using Zoom and other web technology tools for this virtual summer research experience. There will be no in-person meetings. More details are forthcoming.
Current NIH BUILD Students across all 10 NIH BUILD States.
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 safely continue their ongoing research at their own site to continue and not participate with our 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 8 week BRC program. This is important given that each student will be part of a mentoring group, and the overall success of the group is dependent on each of its members.
NO PRIOR CODING EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Any current NIH- BUILD student, regardless of their prior skills with R coding, is welcome to join the course. 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.
The near peer mentors are masters level students who have skills in near peer facilitation and R-coding/public health/bioinformatics. If your site has masters level students who may want to serve as near peer facilitators, please contact our team.
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?
We expect to have a point person at each site, and are working on including others. 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.
Where can I find more information regarding the BRC?
This page and our current slides on program planning.
Who are key contacts if I have any questions?
Last Updated: May 26, 2020