UC Santa Cruz, NHI and NHGRI celebrate another successful year of BD2K

2019 BD2K students, mentors and facilitators
James McGirk

For the past four years, students from California State University Monterey Bay and the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras converge on UC Santa Cruz during the summer for a research training program at the Genomics Institute.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Education Program and the National Human Genome Research Institute, the UC Santa Cruz Graduate Division and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering Office of Dean Alexander Wolf, the program selects exceptionally promising students from underprivileged backgrounds and provides training and opportunities for meaningful research.

The eight-week paid internship includes paid housing and travel expenses, research training in computational genomics guided by hands-on mentors and academic and career development seminars. Several students who’ve completed BD2K training have gone on to enter graduate programs at UC Santa Cruz.

This year there were fourteen research projects ranging from [Luis Mieses’] project that used “Machine Learning Algorithms to Classify Wound Healing Stages and their Physiological Feedback Control” to Isabella McCrory’s “Ocean Abundance and Distribution of Chinook Salmon Revealed through Genetic Stock Identification.”

For more information about the program or to examine research profiles of the scholars, please visit: http://bd2ksummer.ucsc.edu