Expanded Stanford-Ohio Five structural molecular biology collaboration accepting applications for summer 2020

Posted on July 25, 2018

For a second year, the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) Structural Molecular Biology (SMB) program at Stanford's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has partnered with the Five Colleges of Ohio to offer opportunities for students to connect with the SMB program. In Summer 2020, Ohio Five students will be trained in applications of macromolecular crystallography and other techniques using synchrotron radiation, where extremely bright x-rays offer an unparalleled resource for researchers to study our world at the atomic and molecular level. The collaboration focuses on structural biology research and the applications of physical methodologies for exploring a science research questions.

SLAC Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Summer 2020

The SSRL SMB program will reserve up to four spots for Ohio Five students to participate as interns in its 2020 summer program. These may be in partnership with the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program (SULI).  The goal is to match undergraduate students from the Ohio Five who are interested in exploring structural molecular biology research with a research opportunity at SSRL in the SMB area. Over the 8-9 week internship, students will work in the laboratory ~40 hours per week conducting experiments, designing and using software, and/or measuring and analyzing data associated with research projects directed by SSRL SMB faculty and staff.  Recent student projects have included structural studies on antibiotic resistance enzyme, on human dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase 1 complexes, crystal growth, sample preparation and equipment design for structural biology research, and software/hardware developments for automated crystal screening.  Interns will participate in lectures, professional development workshops and tours, and conclude with the preparation of a 6-8-page paper and research presentation.  Students majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, computer science, engineering or mathematics will be considered as candidates for this position.  The program will include a stipend of $500 per week for 8-9 weeks beginning on June 22, housing, and transportation to and from Stanford.

Interested students should apply by January 9, 2020, using this two-step process: 1) Complete the application on the Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory (SULI) site, which will require a transcript in PDF copy and separate submission of two recommendations.  Please select SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as the preferred laboratory and review eligibility requirements on the site.  2) Complete a notification of application in the Ohio Five online portal, including cover letter, transcript and current resume.  Some colleges' network security protocols prohibit use of uploaded forms; if you are having difficulty doing so on your application, please use this alternate text-only application form. All Denison University students must use the text-only form.   

Decisions will be announced to accepted students by SLAC by April 3, 2020.

Visit the SLAC website and view this video to learn more about the National Accelerator Laboratory and SMB program,