High School Science Fairs

IGSB helps recruit graduate students and postdocs to be judges for Chicago and Chicago-area high school science fairs.

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Barry Aprison
Questions regarding the Institute?s education and outreach programs should be addressed to:

Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, BSCD
Education & Outreach Director, IGSB, CCSB, GGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
Room 10114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

baprison@bsd.uchicago.edu
312-659-8848 c
773-834-2787 w

TA Credit for Instruction

Teaching Assistantship (TA) Credit for Instruction in Science Museums and High Schools

As approved by the Molecular Biosciences' Committee on Teaching Assistants in 2010, graduate students have the option to teach in one regular undergraduate or graduate course at the University of Chicago, and for one quarter in a science museum or high school biology classroom.  Students interested in the museum opportunity must produce at least three interactive learning experiences. They will be prototyped with hundreds of visitors and students in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry or Field Museum genetics and human body exhibitions.  Another option is for graduate students to co-teach for a quarter in a Chicago high school biology classroom.

The ability to teach and informally communicate scientific concepts to diverse students and public audiences is an important skill to acquire.. Educating through interaction with inquiry-based content is also important. Implementing this expertise will improve understanding and support of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

At the end of the quarter, graduate students will produce a short summary report about their experience teaching in a museum or high school. TA performance feedback will also be elicited from mentors.

Education Partners

The IGSB produces a variety of undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral, and faculty research training opportunities in partnership with the Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics and the NIDA Center of Excellence for Genes and Complex Behavior. IGSB training and public outreach are generated in alliance with the following centers: the Collegiate Scholars Program, Chicago-area high school science teachers, the Graduate Minority Committee, the Medical Sciences Training Program, the Committee on Genetics, Genomics & System Biology, and the Biological Sciences Division

Contact

Barry Aprison
Questions regarding education and outreach programs should be addressed to:

Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, BSCD
Education & Outreach Director, IGSB, CCSB, GGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
Room 10114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

baprison@bsd.uchicago.edu
312-659-8848 c
773-834-2787 w

IGSB/CBC Fellows Program

CBC Fellows ProgramThe Center seeks highly qualified, postdoctoral scientists for fellowships. Fellowships will be available to support research about the principles that transcriptional regulatory networks share as they respond to different types of environmental and genetic variation. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. with a strong publication record in genomics and molecular biology. Fellows will be required to identify a primary mentor among Center core leaders. In addition, they will be encouraged to identify a second mentor who is affiliated with the Center at another site in Chicago. In this way, fellows will serve as effective bridges between different laboratories and will help further the Center’s interdisciplinary goal.

Learn more about the CBC Fellows Program [pdf]

Contact

Barry Aprison
Questions regarding the Institute?s education and outreach programs should be addressed to:

Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, BSCD
Education & Outreach Director, IGSB, CCSB, GGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
Room 10114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

baprison@bsd.uchicago.edu
312-659-8848 c
773-834-2787 w

Systems Biology Courses

Institute core members and fellows produce systems biology courses. Lectures and class discussions emphasize the fundamentals about biological complexity. Experimental and computational approaches are reviewed to help answer basic questions about the organizational and mechanistic nature of signaling systems coupled to biological networks. There are examples presented about genetic circuits that process and integrate molecular information to control development, physiology, evolution, and disease resistance. Some lectures demonstrate how heterogeneous database analyses and dynamical modeling uncover molecular relationships among interacting components. Research studies about the common regulatory motifs used for communication among cells and the collective behaviors that they enable are discussed.

  • ISTP 30440 Systems Biology & Disease Journal Club
  • CABI 31800 Systems & Networks in Cancer Biology
  • ISTP 30441 Topics in Systems Biology, Immunology & Cancer Journal Club
  • BIOS 20236 Biological Dynamics
  • HGEN 473 Genomics & Systems Biology
  • BIOS 21346 Systems Analysis of Proteins & Post-Translational Modi?cations
  • MGCB 354 Gene Regulation
  • CABI 31800 Cancer Biology, Cancer Genomics & Systems Biology
  • BIOS 21410 Synthetic Biology & Regulation of Genes
  • BIOS 21417 Systems Biology: Molecular Regulatory Logic of Networks
  • ISTP 30441 System Biology Journal Club & Grant Writing
  • BIOS 20235 Biological Systems

Contact

Barry Aprison
Questions regarding education and outreach programs should be addressed to:

Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, BSCD
Education & Outreach Director, IGSB, CCSB, GGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
Room 10114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

baprison@bsd.uchicago.edu
312-659-8848 c
773-834-2787 w

Committee on Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology (GGSB)

Committee on Genetics, Genomics & Systems BiologyThe IGSB collaborates with Faculty and students in the committee on the Genetics Genomics, and System Biology (GGSB). GGSB trains Ph. D. scholars for careers as scientists in basic and applied research. 

Learn more

The brochure is also provided here

Contact

Barry Aprison
Questions regarding education and outreach programs should be addressed to:

Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, BSCD
Education & Outreach Director, IGSB, CCSB, GGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
Room 10114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

baprison@bsd.uchicago.edu
312-659-8848 c
773-834-2787 w

Research Experiences for Students

The Institute produces summer research training programs for students enrolled in accredited undergraduate and high school degree programs. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics offers a 2016 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Students are selected based on their application, interview, academic excellence, motivation, and alignment with Center projects. Housing at the University of Chicago is provided in the Max Palevsky Residential Commons. REU students receive a $4,000 stipend to cover personal expenses, such as travel to Chicago. Participants will be matched with mentors who will guide their daily research activities. In addition, there will be a working lunch and journal club to discuss projects and scientific papers. At the conclusion of the REU program, students will produce written reports and present their findings at a symposium. The 2016 REU application is available here.

The Genes and Addiction NIDA Center for GWAS in Outbred Rats has a 2016 summer Research Experiences for High School and Undergraduate (REHU) students program. Projects are available at the University of California, San Diego, University of Michigan, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, University of Buffalo, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Stipends of $2,000 are available for high school students and stipends of $4,000 are available for undergraduates. Housing and travel support, if needed, will be provided. Participants will be matched with mentors who will guide daily research activities. All students will also participate in a working lunch program and journal club to discuss projects and scientific papers. The 2016 REHU application is available here.

Contact

Barry Aprison
Questions regarding education and outreach programs should be addressed to:

Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, BSCD
Education & Outreach Director, IGSB, CCSB, GGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
Room 10114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

baprison@bsd.uchicago.edu
312-659-8848 c
773-834-2787 w

High School STEM Education

High School STEM Lesson Plans

High school students are guided by mentors and participate in research projects in IGSB labs. At the end of the program they write a final report about their experimental results and conclusions.


 

2011
Adrienne Chung, Whitney Young Magnet High School
Mentor: Zifeng Jiang, IGSB, University of Chicago
Title of Project: Emerging Pathogens: DNA Study at the Field Museum of Natural History

Hannah Koo, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Mentor: Adam Hammond, Biophysical Sciences, University of Chicago
Title of Project: The Effects of Cholesterol Level Manipulations in Model Lipid Bilayers

2012
Noah Hamlish, Whitney Young Magnet High School
Mentor: Jennier Moran, IGSB, University of Chicago
Title of Project: New Applications of Synthetic DNA Technology

2013- 2014
Fiona Kalensky, Whitney Young Magnet High School
Mentor: Chase Archer, IGSB, University of Chicago
Title of Project: Microwestern

Christine Lee, Whitney Young Magnet High School
Mentor: Zifeng Jiang, IGSB, University of Chicago
Title of Project: Host-Parasites

Nick Perez, Prosser Career Academy
Mentor: Sam Bettis, IGSB, University of Chicago
Title of Project: High Throughput Cell Screening

Madison Olmsted, Rio Americano High School
Mentor: Jennier Moran, IGSB, University of Chicago
Title of Project: Synthetic Biology and Gene Regulation

Jeong Jun Kim, Groton High School
Mentor: Grace Yu, IGSB, University of Chicago
Title of Project: Estrogen- Specific Early Response Transcription Factors in MCF-7 Cells

Nick Lai, Charles Wright Academy
Mentor: Lijia Ma, IGSB, University of Chicago
Title of Project: Binding Site Identification and Comparison Using ChIP-seq Data

Contact

Barry Aprison
Questions regarding the Institute's education and outreach programs should be addressed to:

Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, BSCD
Education & Outreach Director, IGSB, CCSB, GGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
Room 10114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

baprison@bsd.uchicago.edu
312-659-8848 c
773-834-2787 w

Collegiate Scholars Program

The IGSB collaborates with the University of Chicago’s Collegiate Scholars Program (CSP). CPS was founded in 2003. It produces a three-year program for Chicago Public School (CPS) high school students to learn how to apply, matriculate, and be successful at competitive colleges and universities across the U.S. CSP’s annual cohort averages 36 students. They take courses, work on projects, socialize together, and attend mentoring programs. CSP students apply for 5-week summer research opportunities to enjoy experiences at the IGSB. At the end of the summer students present their findings at a poster session organized as part of a culmination event (see images below). Parents, caregivers, teachers, mentors, and supporters attend. CSP students who have completed their research projects and graduated have entered top schools, including the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, Carleton College, and Harvard University.

Contact

Barry Aprison
Questions regarding education and outreach programs should be addressed to:

Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, BSCD
Education & Outreach Director, IGSB, CCSB, GGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
Room 10114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

baprison@bsd.uchicago.edu
312-659-8848 c
773-834-2787 w

Research Training

Training the next generation of scientists in the art and science of systems biology research is a critical focus of the IGSB. The goal is to foster scientific discoveries in which questions are formulated and addressed in the context of the complex system. IGSB students develop productive, cutting-edge investigative skills.

For example, in the White Lab there are opportunities to learn about genomics, genome-wide modeling of networks, genome and transcriptome sequencing, protein-protein and protein-DNA interaction analyses, chromatin state measurements, RNAi and CRISPR mutational analyses, and high throughput functional analyses of genomic regulatory elements.

In the Gilbert Lab students can learn about modeling microbial ecosystem dynamics using high-throughput sequenceing data to describe taxonomic and functional diversity.

In the Stranger Lab students learn how to use high-throughput functional genomics and genome-wide association analysis (GWAS) studies to identify variable regions of the genome with functional effects on gene expression and evidence about how system-wide genetic patterns patterns are altered in different biological contexts.

Contact

Barry Aprison
Questions regarding education and outreach programs should be addressed to:

Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, BSCD
Education & Outreach Director, IGSB, CCSB, GGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
Room 10114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

baprison@bsd.uchicago.edu
312-659-8848 c
773-834-2787 w

Education (2)

Training the next generation of scientists in the art of interdisciplinary research is a critical focus of the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology (IGSB) at the University of Chicago. The main goal of IGSB education programs is to foster scientific discovery in which biological questions are formulated and addressed in the context of complex systems. As a result, cutting-edge investigative skills emphasizing genome analysis, molecular systems modeling, and simulation are developed for professional applications. IGSB produces a variety of graduate, post-doctoral, and faculty training programs.

The IGSB education programs are in partnership with the Chicago Center for Systems Biology (CCSB). CCSB is composed of investigators working at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. It is one of thirteen National Centers funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The IGSB and CCSB collaborate to generate education and outreach programs for K-12 students, K-12 teachers, undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and the general public. IGSB is in alliance with the University of Chicago’s Committee on Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology (GGSB) program.  IGSB also works in collaboration with the Conte Center for Computational Systems Genomics of Neuropsychiatric Phenotypes.

Announcements & Events

2010 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Application for the 2010 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program

Now accepting applications for the 2010 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programDownload application

Systems Bio Exploration Camp

Systems Biology Exploration Camp

Now accepting applications for high school students to attend the Systems Biology Exploration Camp, July 12-16, 2010.  Contact: Erica Zahnle, The Field Museum (312) 665-7691.

 

Contact


Any questions regarding the Center’s education and outreach programs should be addressed to:
Dr. Barry Aprison
CCSB & IGSB Education and Outreach Director
via email or at (773) 834-2787.

 

STEM Links

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Project 2061

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Dolan DNA Learning Center

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Cool Science

Marine Biological Laboratory
Discover the Microbes Within!
The Wolbachia Project

The Exploratorium

Technology Review

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Nature

Recommended Books

Biology Books

  • Genetics: Analysis of Genes and Genomes, 7th Edition, Daniel Hartl and Elizabeth Jones, 2009
  • DNA: The Secret of Life, James Watson, 2003
  • Naturalist, Edward Wilson, 1994
  • The Double Helix, James Watson, 1969
  • A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock, Evelyn Fox Keller, 1983
  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo, Sean Carroll, 2005
  • The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution, Sean Carroll, 2006
  • Why Evolution is True, Jerry Coyne, 2009
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell, Bruce Albert, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, and Peter Walter, 2007
  • Molecular Cell Biology, 6th Edition, Harvey Lodish, Arnold Berk, Chris Kaiser, Monty Krieger, Matthew Scott, Anthony Bretscher, Hidde Ploegh, Paul Matsudaira, 2007
  • The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time, 1995
  • Molecular Biology of the Gene, 6th Edition, James Watson, Tania Baker, Stephen Bell, Alexander Gann, Michael Levine, and Richard Losick, 2007
  • Genes IX, Benjamin Lewin, 2008
  • Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior, Jonathan Weiner, 2000
  • Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 5th Edition, Albert Lehninger, David Nelson, and Michael Cox, 2008
  • The Selfish Gene, 3rd Edition, Richard Dawkins, 2006
  • The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins, 1996
  • Climbing Mount Improbable, Richard Dawkins, 1997
  • River Out of Eden, Richard Dawkins, 1996
  • Discovering Genomics, Proteomics, & Bioninformatics, 2nd Edition, A. Malcolm Camopbell & Laurie Heyer, 2007
  • SYNC: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order, Steven Strogatz, 2003
  • The Regulatory Genome: Gene Regulatory Networks in Development and Evolution, Eric Davidson, 2006
  • EMERGENCE: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, Steven Johnson, 2001
  • The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, Steven Johnson, 2007.
  • Microbe Hunters, Paul de Kruif, 1926

STEM Education Books

  • Ready, Set, Science!: Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms, Sarah Michaels, Andrew Shouse, and Heidi Schweingruber, 2008
  • Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8, Richard Duschl, Heidi Schweingruber, and Andrew Shouse, 2007
  • Smart Schools: Better Thinking and Learning for Every Child, David Perkins, 1992
  • Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence, David Perkins, 1995
  • Scientific Teaching, Jo Handelsman, Sarah Miller, and Christine Pfund, 2007
  • Benchmarks for Science Literacy, AAAS, 1993
  • How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School, Expanded Edition, NRC, 2000

 

Education at CCSB

Education Overview

National Centers for Systems Biology

STEM Links

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Project 2061

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Dolan DNA Learning Center

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Cool Science

Marine Biological Laboratory
Discover the Microbes Within!
The Wolbachia Project

The Exploratorium

Technology Review

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Nature

 

Education Overview

The Institute for Genomics & Systems Biology's commitment to produce engaging learning experiences for students and members of the community dates back to its inception. As a result of this pledge, the IGSB produces courses, research training, and outreach for hundreds of participants each year. Institute core members, postdocs, grad students, and staff are eager instructors and mentors. They deliver lectures, workshops, seminars, lab rotations, thesis projects, and public programs. The target audience includes high school students, high school teachers, members of the Chicago-area community, undergraduates, Ph. D. and M.D.-Ph.D graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. 

Contact

Barry Aprison
Questions regarding education and outreach programs should be addressed to:

Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, BSCD
Education & Outreach Director, IGSB, CCSB, GGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
Room 10114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

baprison@bsd.uchicago.edu
312-659-8848 c
773-834-2787 w