As biology grows increasingly quantitative and digital—witness the mapping of the human genome, and the advent of the Personal Genome Project—the field of bioinformatics and computational biology has become a critical science. The Bioinformatics & Computational Biology (BCB) program at WPI is a truly interdisciplinary program that brings together biology and biotechnology, computer science, and mathematics.
BCB faculty and students at WPI work closely together on research projects that address important scientific questions in biology and medicine using quantitative methods: How can we best prevent the spread of a virus through a community? How can we determine what genes are involved in a particular disease? How can we better understand complex ecological communities to prevent pollinator decline? How can we discover patterns in clinical and health behavior data?
The BCB Summer Research Experience invites selected high school students to join a research team working on one of our exciting projects listed below.
Highlights and Logistics
- Students work with WPI Bioinformatics and Computational Biology faculty and students on cutting-edge research projects.
- Students enhance their knowledge of the life sciences, computer science, and mathematics.
- The program runs 5 weeks, 30-40 hours/week. Schedule details are provided below.
- The Summer Research Experience is a free, nonresidential program for students who live within driving distance of Worcester.
Who Should Apply
Current sophomores and juniors in high school who are interested in doing research at the intersection of biology and computer science/mathematics should apply. Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Start your application by registering here . You will need your parent or guardian to electronically sign a couple of waivers. Provide an email address that you check frequently as we will communicate with you via that email address. Also be sure in the checkout part that you create an Active account and click the “Complete” button.
Next, check your email. You will be asked to complete your application with the following required materials:
- Two letters of recommendation, one from a math or computer science teacher, and one from a science teacher. Make the recommendation form (PDF) available to your teachers and ask them to submit their recommendations forms directly to us following the instructions on the form.
- Your current official transcript from your high school. Request that your high school send your current transcript (including your most recent report card) directly to us by email, fax, or mail to the address below.
- A Statement of Purpose. Answer the questions at the Active account you created describing why you are interested in this program, which of the available projects you would prefer, and why you should be selected to join.
Finalists may be contacted for a phone/Skype interview.
Where to Submit Letters of Recommendation and Official Transcript
Your teachers and your school must submit their letters of recommendation and your official transcript directly to us using one of the following options:
BCB Summer Research Experience
Goddard Hall 128
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, WPI
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609-2280
- March 12, 2018: Application deadline
- April 2, 2018: Notification of acceptance
- June 25 - July 27, 2018: Summer program. Students participating in the program are expected to be on the WPI campus every weekday between roughly 9 am and 4 pm, except for the week of July 2nd-6th when they can work on their research projects remotely from off-campus.
If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.