BIT SURE: BIoTechnology-based Sequencing-based Undergraduate Research Experience

Are you interested in working on cutting-edge biotechnology projects?  Would you like to enhance your undergraduate experience and work collaboratively with faculty and peers on research in your area of interest? Do you want to learn more about biotechnology research careers in academia, industry and government?  Do you want to share exciting science with the public?  If yes, BIT SURE is for you.  Join the NC State Pack for 10 weeks to develop your skills as a scientist over a summer of research, collaboration, professional development, science outreach and fun!  Students will receive a stipend ($5500 for 10 weeks of research), lodging in Wolf Village student apartments, funds for travel, and a daily food allowance.  Requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities in all facilities will be honored.  BIT SURE will run May 29th - August 3rd 2018.

Research Projects & Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Technology
The BIT SURE program will fund 10 undergraduate students to work on research projects that utilize transformative next generation sequencing (NGS) tools. 
What is NGS...
Over a decade ago, the first human genome was sequenced. The project cost $450 million and took over 10 years to complete. Today we can sequence a single human genome in a day for under $1,000 and we have moved way beyond the goal of revealing a single person’s DNA sequence! NGS tools have made this possible and opened a whole new world of scientific investigation.  Scientists are using NGS technologies to explore every niche of the life sciences, from the microbiomes of patients with obesity to the cataloging of arthropod diversity in human homes. NGS tools are transforming the way modern biologists conduct research. Our future holds a world where all newborns are sequenced  and researchers work with “pocket sequencers” that can deliver massive amounts of sequencing data in real time.  Today’s science students require new skills and knowledge to effectively use this technology and its resulting complex data to answer tomorrow’s important biological questions.  BIT SURE is your chance to learn how to tackle these “Big Data” grand challenges of our future.
Check out these cool videos featuring potential research mentors and their projects!

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