Grant: $9,346 - National Institutes of Health - Jul. 19, 2009
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Award Description: The Molecular Basis of NCL - Supplement
Project Description: Project not started, student will be hired for June 21, 2010
Jobs Summary: The purpose of this administrative supplement is to obtain funds for a group of summer students from Eckerd College, a small undergraduate institution in St. Petersburg, FL, to work as summer fellows in the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Eckerd College has an extremely strong cross-disciplinary sciences program, and a remarkable 50% of applicants to Eckerd are interested in majoring in the sciences. Given that Eckerd is an undergraduate institution, research opportunities in large laboratories are not common as they are at large institutions with graduate programs. The Center for Human Genetic Research (CHGR) at Massachusetts General Hospital is a multidisciplinary cross-departmental center with the central mission of facilitating the genetic research cycle. Housed in 60,000 square feet of wet lab, dry lab, office and clinic space in the new Richard B. Simches Research Center, the CHGR currently counts resident faculty from the Departments of Medicine, Molecular Biology, Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, along with the Harvard Medical School Preclinical Departments of Genetics and of Systems Biology , and affiliated faculty at the Jackson Laboratory. As described in the current proposal, eight of our faculty are NINDS funded investigators. We propose to work with the faculty at Eckerd through our faculty liason, Dr. Susan Slaugenhaupt, in order to select eight students who will be juniors or seniors the following fall. The genetics professors at Eckerd, Dr. Steve Denison and Dr. Denise Flaherty, will work with faculty in the CHGR to incorporate the latest research into their courses at Eckerd, and they will assist the CHGR faculty in choosing students for fellowships. While at the CHGR, the students will be placed in individual NINDS funded laboratories, which will offer unique yet complementary research experiences in the genetics of human neurological disease. When the students return to Eckerd in the fall, they will participate in a student research forum and present the results of their summer experiences to the students and faculty. We feel strongly that this group approach will be extremely rewarding for the students, both socially and academically. Further, the strong alliance between the faculty in the CHGR and at Eckerd will serve to excite and motivate the students. This supplement will forge a strong relationship between the faculty at Eckerd College and the MGH Center for Human Genetic Research with one objective: providing intensive summer research experiences for young undergraduate science majors. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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