Summer Internships

UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM FOR UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITIES

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The Chemistry-Biochemistry-Biology Interface (CBBI) Program at the University of Notre Dame invites students to submit their applications for the Summer Research Training Program. This program is specific to US citizens or US permanent residents who are underrepresented minorities: African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. Successful applicants will join one of the CBBI Program’s research laboratories in Notre Dame, IN for ten weeks beginning in June through the first week of August.

At the end of summer, students give an oral presentation during a CBBI seminar. This provides an opportunity for students to present their work to the Notre Dame scientific community. Students are also expected to participate in meetings in their individual laboratories and CBBI seminars.

Research performed by CBBI laboratories covers interdisciplinary research in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology. The basic science laboratories include outstanding groups in molecular biology, cell biology, synthetic organic chemistry, computational chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, biophysics, biochemistry, genomics, immunology, and genetics. Areas of study include molecular recognition in the immune system, protein folding, cell signaling, mechanisms of iron acquisition, drug resistance, infectious diseases, synthetic methodology, drug design, computer-aided drug design, host-parasite interactions, models of human disease, and imaging.

A strong emphasis on collaborative research is supported by several outstanding research centers on the Notre Dame campus, including the Center for Environmental Science and Technology, Center for Nano Science and Technology, Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases, Center for Research Computing, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity, Eck Institute for Global Health, Freimann Life Science Center, W. M. Keck Center for Transgene Research, and Harper Cancer Institute.

The research facilities at Notre Dame are superb, with state-of-the-art instrumentation that are fully supported and staffed by Ph.D.-level scientists. The instrumentation available includes eight different NMR spectrometers ranging from 300 to 800 MHz, single-crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, high-resolution mass spectrometers, and a variety of UV-vis, fluorescence, IR, and Raman spectrometers. In addition, the Genomics Core Facility provides genome shotgun sequencing services on a Roche 454 Genome Sequencer system. The Freimann Life Sciences Center is a state-of-the-art 25,000 square feet animal care facility that provides animal care and technical services. The Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility houses three laser scanning microscopes, a flow cytometer, a biological transmission electron microscope, and nine imaging instruments.

The CBBI Program is an NIH-funded program that provides students with significant training in a cross-discipline at the interface of chemistry, biochemistry, and biology. The 1,250-acre campus of the University of Notre Dame is located in South Bend, Indiana―26 miles from Lake Michigan and 90 miles from Chicago. Extensive recreational facilities are available on campus, including an ice rink, an Olympic-size pool, two golf courses, tennis courts, fitness rooms, and indoor tracks. South Bend and Notre Dame offer an active arts culture that includes guest and resident artists, theater companies, and symphonies. Numerous Notre Dame athletic events are available.

Program Highlights:
• Hands-on research in a CBBI laboratory
• Weekly laboratory group meetings
• Biweekly seminars
• Poster presentation
• Students will be paired with graduate students or postdoctoral fellows for guidance

Eligibility:
• Undergraduate students who have completed at least 1 year at an accredited institution and who have at least one or more years before graduation
• Non Notre Dame students
• U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident status
• Underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders)
• Minimum of 3.0 GPA
• Not trained previously in the CBBI Summer Research Training Program

Financial Support:
• Summer stipend ($4,700)
• Housing (air-conditioned residence hall double occupancy for 10 weeks, ~$1,600)
• Travel expenses to South Bend, Indiana (reimbursement up to $800)

Location and Duration:
• 10 weeks, starting in June through mid August
• University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Application Procedure:
• Complete application at http://cbbi.nd.edu, type and e-mail to Dr. Mayland Chang (mchang@nd.edu). Deadline is March 1. Be sure to keep your contact information updated at all times.
• Include a copy of your resume.
• Submit two letters of recommendation mailed directly from faculty members/advisors who can address your intellectual and personal suitability for the Program.
• Complete your Personal Statement. Describe your research interest, career goals, and reasons for applying to this program. Do not exceed one page.
• Official transcript mailed directly from your school.