NYSTEM Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Stem Cell Science

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NYSTEM Schedule 2012

May 28th

all day

Housing check in

Hartley Hall

May 29th

9:15am-12:30pm

Safety Training

501 Schermerhorn

May 29th

12:30-1:30pm

Lunch

800 Fairchild

May 29th

1-2:30pm

Orientation meeting

1000 Fairchild

May 29th

5:40pm

Dinner at Henry's

Meet: 114th & Bwdy(nr CU Brownstones)

June 1st

10-11:30am

Rodent Safety Training Lecture

800 Fairchild

June 1st

5pm

CU proposals due

 

June 4th

11am-12pm

Lecture:Dr. Sharon Gerecht Using stem cells to grow blood vessels
John Hopkins University

501 Schermerhorn

June 4th

12-1:30pm

Networking Event:
Lunch with Dr. Gerecht

800 Fairchild

June 5th 10am SC and Tissue Engineering Lab Tour 622 W. 168th St. Vanderbilt Clinic 12-201

June 5th

6pm

Networking Event:
Scavenger Hunt

Meet: 116th
& Bdwy(subway)

June 8th

11am-12pm

Lecture: Dr. Martin Chalfie GFP: Lighting up Life
Columbia University

501 Schermerhorn

June 8th

12-1:30pm

Networking Event:
Lunch with Dr. Chalfie

800 Fairchild

June 8th

5pm

Deadline for CU NYSTEMs proposal approval

 

June 8th

5pm

external NYSTEMs
proposals due

 

June 15th

5pm

Deadline for non-CU
/external NYSTEMs
proposal approval

 

June 19th

12-1:30pm

Career Panel with Lunch

800 Fairchild

June 20th

9:30-11am

Bioethics Lecture: Dr. John Loike

800 Fairchild

June 27th 12-1:30pm

Article Publishing and reviewing with Lunch: Dr. Elizabeth Miller

800 Fairchild

July 30th

1:45-4pm

Presentations to
secondary teachers

College of P. & S. (630 W 168th St.) 3rd Fl, Rm. 418

August 2nd

6:00pm

Dinner @ Ruby Foos

Meet: 1626 Bdwy@49th St.

August 3rd

9:15am-12pm

NYSTEM Stem Cell Symposium

501 Schermerhorn

August 3rd 12-1pm NYSTEM Stem Cell Symposium Lunch 800 Fairchild

August 31st

4pm

Research Articles Due

600 Fairchild
(or by mail)

Weekly Meetings

All students in the NYSTEM Program will meet weekly in small discussion groups beginning June 11th until August 3rd. The purpose of these groups is to provide a structured setting in which students can discuss their work with their peers, learn about others' work, and develop their scientific communication and evaluation skills.

During the course of the summer, each student will prepare a research paper written in the format of a journal article and present twice, once to the high school teacher's program and at a weekly meeting. Toward the beginning of the summer, weekly discussion groups will cover topics including critical evaluation of data, critical reading of research papers, and the protocols of professional research communication. As the summer progresses, the focus will shift toward writing and peer-evaluating drafts of student research papers, and on research presentations. Once the program is over, participants will implement the stem cell protocol in secondary schools or present their research findings at an undergraduate research conference.

Attendance in discussion groups is mandatory. This is an integral part of your training, and you are expected to attend every week. If for some reason you cannot attend either section in a given week, notify your instructor in advance and schedule a one-on-one meeting with the instructor instead.

class participation is expected. Anticipate the deadlines for your work; discuss them with your mentor and set up pre-deadlines when you can review the work with your mentor, allowing time for her or him to give you feedback.

If you have a legitimate reason to move a deadline, and you communicate this reason to your mentor and instructor in a timely manner, then deadlines can be adjusted.

Recommended text (not required)

Victoria E. McMillan, Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences, 3rd ed.1997

Payment

NYSTEM Fellowship = $4000 paid paid following submission of article:
Payment of the $4,000 is contingent upon submitting your research article as a hard copy and pdf file by the deadline (the last day in August). Stipends will be paid at the end of September/beginning of October.

In addition to submitting a hard copy and pdf file, all articles must be signed by the Principal Investigator (Faculty Member). His/her name (printed) should also be provided with the signature. If your PI is physically not available to sign, an electronic signature will be accepted.

If you are no longer residing on the Morningside campus, please mail a hard copy of your signed by your Principal Investigator(Faculty Member) postmarked by the due date to:

Jaya Santosh
600 Biology Office
MC2402
1212 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027

Pdf files should be emailed to surf@biology.columbia.edu. If you have any questions beyond confirmation of receipt of the article, please contact Jaya Santosh at js2621@columbia.edu.

Stipend checks can be picked up at the Bursar's Office in Kent Hall. You will need to bring your ID (State ID, passport) in order to pick up your check. Non-Columbia students' second checks will be mailed to you as necessary; please provide us with your preferred mailing address for this purpose.