The 9-week 2014 Summer TILT Workshop will start on June 16. Full-time CSU students majoring in biology, chemistry or physics who would like to participate are invited to complete the 2014 TILT APPLICATION FORM and submit it to the RISE administrative staff listed at the bottom of this webpage.
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 here
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 Potluri or Sherman. But you are also welcome to download and submit the completed 2014 TILT APPLICATION FORM to either of the RISE Administrators or directly to the TILT PI, Dr Erhart.
Participation in TILT and the RISE program is open to registered CSU undergraduates who (i) are majoring in one of the STEM disciplines (biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics), (ii) are a US citizen or possess an immigrant visa, (iii) have a minimum GPA of 3.00, and (iv) have an interest in a career in biomedical research.
Dr. Mark Erhart,
TILT Summer Workshop PI
2013 TILT workshop students
2012 TILT workshop students
2011 TILT workshop students
2010 TILT workshop students
The TILT research skill summer workshop is a part of the Chicago State University
MBRS-RISE Program funded by the NIH/NIGMS grant R25 GM059218.
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