Congratulations to this summer's TILT participants! The 9-week intensive training workshop that ended July 27, 2012.
Subject to renewed funding, next summer's workshop is scheduled for the nine weeks from Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, July 26, 2013.To download an application form click here.
A nine week summer workshop (M – F, 9 AM – 5 PM) that introduces undergraduates to how to undertake biomedical research. The focus of the program is hands-on training in interdisciplinary biomedical laboratory techniques emphasizing advanced instrumentation. Click here to look at a sample schedule of TILT activities.
TILT is part of a federal government-sponsored initiative to increase the number of minority students pursuing doctoral degrees in biomedical disciplines.
Training Projects : These are research-based projects in which several students work with a scientist on a defined, biomedically-related problem. Each student completes two training projects in the program. For each project, a hypothesis is made and tested for a particular research area. Students work independently and as a member of the group to design experimental approaches, perform experiments, analyze data, and present findings.
Laboratory Technique Workshops: Faculty experts # coordinate and facilitate workshops related to the Training Projects. Workshops allow students to become comfortable with research instruments and techniques. Students learn how to follow an experimental protocol, troubleshoot problems, operate equipment, and prepare reagents. Workshops will include:
- Extraction and isolation techniques of natural products
- Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
- Isolation of DNA from cells
- Handling rodents
- Microscopy techniques
- Growing cells in culture
- Protein analysis
- Organic synthesis
- UV/VIS spectrophotometry and fluorometry
- Research ethics and responsible conduct of research.
# For recent TILT faculty and workshop topics, click on the button:
Skills Workshops : Sessions in which students develop skills required of every science professional, including biomedical researchers. Development of these skills is essential for a full appreciation of careers in biomedical research. These workshops include:
- How to find information.
- How to critically read a scientific report.
- Using computer applications to facilitate analysis of research data.
- Scientific Storytelling: Preparing a written research report.
- Using PowerPoint to prepare a cohesive oral presentation.
- Laboratory etiquette: How to navigate in research.
Special Activities : Each week, we will have special “developmental” activities in the program. These will include group discussions about the goals and objectives of the program, assessment of workshops and activities that have taken place, visits by former CSU students who have chosen careers in biomedical research, and activities suggested by student participants.
- Students are remunerated at a rate of $9.00 per hour. (Note: The pay is subject to taxes and social security deductions).
- An opportunity to learn laboratory skills which will enhance employment opportunities.
- The chance to develop skills in scientific writing, data analysis, and speaking, all of which will benefit academic development.
- Valuable insight into a career in biomedical research: Is this a viable career choice for me?
- The opportunity to gain experience in techniques and equipment that is far beyond the scope of the average undergraduate experience.
- Regular and timely attendance at TILT sessions
- Time management skills that result in the prompt completion of assignments
- A willingness to contribute to group activities
- Communication of concerns to TILT faculty
- An honest day’s effort for a day’s pay
- Honest consideration of a career in biomedical research (PhD programs)
Normally participation in the TILT Summer Project is by recommendation from a faculty member of the Departments of Biology or Chemistry and Physics or RISE administrators Drs Sharpe or Sherman. But you are also welcome to contact Dr Erhart directly by phone or e-mail.
Dr. Mark Erhart,
TILT Summer Workshop PI
TILT project students, 2012
TILT Project students, 2011.
TILT Project students, 2010.
*TILT is a part of the Chicago State University
MBRS-RISE Program funded by the NIH/NIGMS grant R25 GM059218.
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