Graduate Program in Biochemistry Research Trainee Program

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Program Description

The BMB Biochemistry Research Trainee Program (BRTP) provides paid practical training in an academic environment for those exploring career opportunities prior to continuing in graduate education or work in the public or private sector.

Students with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry or a related field who are interested in gaining additional research experience may arrange to work in the laboratory under the BRTP.

Our BRTP students work side-by-side with graduate students and postdocs, and obtain experience in scientific techniques, experimental design, and oral presentations.

The BRTP is intended to extend the training of B.S. graduates in modern biochemical research techniques to prepare them for the rigors of laboratory research in a graduate program, or to enable them to secure technical positions in industry. The trainee will learn a variety of research techniques to enable him or her to pursue a specific research project, and will spend seventy-five percent of his or her time on this project. The balance of the time will be spent in learning to design experiments, to survey the literature to adapt or apply new techniques to the project, to analyze and present data, and to participate in laboratory meetings to discuss the progress of the project. Attending the Biochemistry Colloquium is required to expose trainees to the different approaches used in a wide variety of research studies. At the beginning of the training program, the trainee will meet with his/her mentor, and a list of individual objectives will be drafted, taking into consideration the trainee's plans and career goals and the research needs of the mentor, and a target completion date will be established. These objectives will be used to measure the success of the trainee's completion of the program. These objectives will be outlined in a letter to the Chairperson of the Department of Biochemistry, with a copy provided to the trainee.

Applicants should have a B.S./B.A. degree in Biochemistry or in an allied field with biochemistry course work, with an overall grade point average of 3.2/4.0 or higher.

Last updated Oct 2020

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