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ARTICLE Issue 002

Howard University-Penn State University Research Program

Genomics and Bioinformatics Pre-doctoral Training Program

Students discuss their research at a recent Bioinformatics and Genomics retreat at Penn State. The Howard-Penn State collaboration will provide opportunities for Howard undergraduate researchers in genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology and statistics.

Howard University has recently established a collaboration with Penn State University as part of an NIH-funded graduate training program in Bioinformatics and Genomics: the CBIOS predoctoral training program. New biological and computational technologies are generating an extraordinary amount of data, which is unprecedented in biology.

The HU-PSU undergraduate training program in Genomics and Bioinformatics prepares students for careers in research science in the fields of genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, and statistics.

The collaboration brings together faculty specializations between the two campuses so that Howard undergraduate students may have a continuity and mentorship of their research project over two summers.

This unique interdisciplinary program provides opportunities for Howard undergraduates to spend two consecutive summers at PSU working with a faculty mentor in bioinformatics or genomics research. Students will continue their research with a Howard-based faculty mentor throughout the school year. Upon completion of this program, undergraduates will be well-established as competitive candidates for graduate training in genomics or bioinformatics.

Howard seniors interested in pursuing graduate degrees in bioinformatics or genomics are encouraged to apply to the PSU program, and its newly established pre-doctoral training program.

The program is an outgrowth of the partnership between the Howard University Graduate School’s Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program and Penn State University. Gwendolyn S. Bethea, Ph.D., is director of the PFF program at Howard University. Michael W. Radis, Ed.D. is associate director, Graduate Education, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Penn State University.

More information is available through the CBIOS website here.

Faculty Contact Information:

Dr. Janelle Burke
Department of Biology
E.E. Just Hall 232

Penn State University
Dr. Cooduvalli Shashikant
Program Director, CBIOS Predoctoral Training Program

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