Updated info on UC SURF Program & Biomedical Research Day

(We are re-sending this email with updated links).

We’re writing today for two reasons:  One is to let you know that the online application for the University of Cincinnati’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program for 2016 is now open for your students.  Information about the SURF Program is available at http://med.uc.edu/SURF.

Direct links to the SURF application are available at http://webcentral.uc.edu/gradresearch/surf/summerapp.cfm for new student applicants or at http://webcentral.uc.edu/gradresearch/surf/applicants/ for students who have applied in previous years.

We also want to invite you to attend our annual Biomedical Research Day (BMRD) on January 7th, 2016.  This event occurs during winter break, so we hope that you will be able to bring along any of your students you feel might benefit from the experience.  Importantly, we design this event to feature talks and resources that will be valuable for your students, but also will be of use to you in your undergraduate teaching.

The BMRD will feature a stimulating presentation on the hot topic of the gut microbiome and its impact on human health and disease. BMRD also includes lively tours/demonstrations of interesting biomedical research labs and cutting edge research technologies, including stem cells, proteomics and genomics, advanced microscopy and neuroimaging. In addition, students and representatives from graduate programs and the MD/PhD Program will be available to answer your students’ questions and discuss training opportunities at the UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s.

You are welcome to join your students on the tours, but we will also host a workshop for faculty, in which members of the Immunology Program will provide resources on important principles of immunology, especially featuring the role of the gut microbiome.

The BMRD talk, entitled “The Host-Microbiota Relationship and Intestinal Homeostasis”, will be given by Dr. Theresa Alenghat on Thursday, January 7th, at 12:45 pm in the UC College of Medicine, lecture room 5051 of the Medical Sciences Building. Dr. Alenghat, an Assistant Professor in the UC Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, leads an internationally recognized research program in epithelial and immune cell homeostasis in the context of intestinal health and disease.

We hope you will register for BMRD at http://webcentral.uc.edu/gradresearch/graded/bmrday/ and join us on January 7th. Free parking and lunch will be provided for those who pre-register online. You will also be able to indicate your preferences for the post-lecture events and/or presentations that interest you. The program for the day begins with check-in from 10:45 to 11:00 a.m. and a mini Graduate Fair starting at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be held from 12:00 to 12:45, when the BMRD Lecture will begin. Tours of labs and special cores will follow the lecture, with optional information on the MD/PhD program and a session explaining the finances of stipends, scholarships and tuition associated with graduate school training. The detailed program, with directions, schedule and parking information is available at http://webcentral.uc.edu/gradresearch/graded/bmrday/Research%20Day_2016.pdf.

Here is a flyer http://webcentral.uc.edu/gradresearch/graded/bmrday/ResearchDayFlyer16.pdf that advertises the event, which we hope you will be able to post in appropriate locations at your school.

With best wishes for the holiday season, and we hope to welcome you to the College of Medicine in the New Year!

Iain, Brack & Cindy

Iain Cartwright, PhD
Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Professor of Molecular Genetics

Robert Brackenbury, PhD
Co-Director, COM Graduate Programs
Professor of Cancer Biology

Cindy Bachurski, PhD
Co-Director, COM Graduate Programs
Associate Professor of Pediatrics


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