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Systems Research Scholars Program


Program Objective

The Systems Research Scholars Program (SRSP) is designed to help transform exceptionally talented and ambitious post-baccalaureate students into the next generation’s pioneers of interdisciplinary scientific research.

Through this two-year, fully funded program, highly motivated individuals from a variety of backgrounds will be mentored by faculty and immersed in scientific research at ISB.

Research scholars will plan and execute their own ideas as well as contribute to the ongoing science in their mentor’s lab, all the while being trained to think independently, design experiments, and hone skills that will help build a strong foundation for graduate studies and a life at the forefront of scientific research.

Profile

“Come to ISB if you are ambitious and eager to deeply engage yourself in a difficult problem at the edge of biological research,” said Abrar Abidi, the first-ever awardee of ISB’s Systems Research Scholars Program.

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Program Description

  • SRSP is a fully funded two-year training program for recent college graduates (within the past two years — applicants must have completed their bachelor’s degree by the program start date and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident).
  • Research mentor, who will host the scholar in his or her lab, will be selected based on the scholar’s preferences and alignment of research and training interests.
  • Scholar will be affiliated with the faculty mentor and report to the mentor who manages their day-to-day work and provides guidance for professional growth and development.
  • The scholar will research and define project scope in conjunction with mentor, taking into account the scholar’s background, strengths, interests and goals.
  • Scholars will receive a monthly stipend, health insurance and travel allowance.
  • Scholars will have access to ISB resources, including faculty, libraries and shared core facilities.

 

Program Timelines

(View Program Overview as PDF.)

Program Focus Areas

Program participants will conduct supervised research in a host laboratory using a systems approach in one the following areas of research: Brain, Cancers, Cell Dynamics, Computational Biology, Infectious Disease, or P4 Medicine.

Program Key Features

Research Immersion
Participants will use systems-based, cross-disciplinary approaches to conduct research in a supportive environment and learn to become independent scientific thinkers and researchers.

Customized Experience
A smaller program size promotes intimate, personalized research trajectories for each scholar to optimize individual development.

Communication
Participants will contribute to publications and give talks at ISB’s various internal and external presentation platforms. Participants are provided with stipends to fund travel for speaking opportunities at major national or international conferences.

Collaboration
Participants are part of a close-knit group of multidisciplinary scientists, where each individual has an opportunity to work with multiple mentors of their choice.

Application and Selection Process

We are not currently accepting applications for the Systems Research Scholars Program.