The 9-week 2014 Summer TILT Workshop ended July 25, 2014. Congratulations to the
9 new RISE Program trainees who successfully completed this research skills "boot
Full-time CSU students majoring in biology, chemistry or physics who would like to
participate in the Summer of 2015 are invited to apply during the Spring 2015 semester.
Please apply using the 2015 TILT APPLICATION FORM. Submit it to the RISE administrative staff listed at the bottom of the form.
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, clickhere
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 $10.00 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
- 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
2015 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 Workshop Coordinator
2014 TILT workshop students
2013 TILT workshop students
2012 TILT workshop students
2011 TILT workshop students
2010 TILT workshop students
The TILT research skills 9-week 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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