The application process will involve submitting a CV and completing a form online that includes a short statement of interest. No letters of reference are necessary in the first round of applications, but these may be requested in the application review stage. Applications will be reviewed by the organizers of each course. Organizers have been instructed to look for students who are diverse in background and training, but who demonstrate a keen interest in quantitative methods to study biological systems.
Applications for the 2019 q-bio Summer School are now open! Applications are due April 15, 2019.
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All applications to attend will be evaluated by the course organizers as a whole. At the time of application and in their statement of interest, students are asked to indicate the specific course they are most interested to attend. This information will be used to ensure that the student body represents a diverse range of backgrounds, interests, experiences and scientific training. This information will also be used to aid scheduling for breakout discussions and the project mentoring activities. Most importantly, we are looking for students who show a strong promise to use tools learned at the summer school in their ongoing research endeavors. We strongly encourage applications (1) from experimentalists who wish to learn computational tools to understand their data and (2) from computational scientists who would like to explore new biological problems to which to apply their training. Since group projects are a key aspect of the program, students must be willing and able to engage with other researchers in multi-disciplinary investigations. We expect a mix of students at different levels of their training: some students will be admitted on the basis of past experience and strong publication records, while others will be admitted based upon their enthusiasm and potential for future research in their current position. Students should make sure to address how specific summer school topics are expected to relate to their past, present and future research objectives.
Application review will begin in March, 2019. Late applicants and students not accepted in the initial phase will be placed on a wait list in case of cancellations or scheduling conflicts. 'Space is limited to 30 external students on the Rice campus.
The q-bio summer school does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
Each of the the four theme areas of the q-bio summer school requires basic familiarity with ordinary differential equations. We will be cover basic and some more advanced results in nonlinear dynamics and stochastic processes. We will also spend a significant amount of time developing and using computational tools. However, the main aim of the school is to develop biological insight and use these mathematical/computational tools to solve biological problems. Students with some familiarity with differential equations who are willing to learn and are interested in the biological questions will benefit from the program. Student with extensive knowledge of the math and with a deep interest in the biological questions will also benefit. We hope to attract both of these categories of students to attend the course. We believe that students with strong mathematical backgrounds and those with strong training in the biological sciences can work together, learn from one another, and help us to strengthen the q-bio community as a whole. The summer school may not be an optimal match for someone who is interested only in the math (i.e., this is not a dynamical systems summer school but a q-bio summer school). However, we will cover some modern data analysis methods, and we hope that even those people who have seen dynamical systems before will learn a few new tools or approaches.
Fees to attend the 2019 q-bio Summer School are:
- Registration: $500.00.
- Lodging and Meals: $1500.00. This includes 12 nights lodging and most meals.
- Students are responsible for their travel expenses to and from the school.
Scholarships are available to cover registration and to reduce the lodging fees. Please indicate your financial need on the school application.