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Mentoring & Outreach

The BSR organizes a monthly event called the Bioinformatics 101, where staff present lectures and case studies on bioinformatics issues. Everyone is welcome to attend.

A new bioinformatics interest group (BIG) (PDF) was started with DPHS in Fall 2016. BIG provides a forum for bioinformatics researchers to present their work in an informal setting and receive feedback from MUSC faculty and BSR Staff. The BIG meets monthly.

The BSR has year-round internship opportunities for bioinformatics undergraduate and graduate students. We hosted a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) undergraduate in 2016 and host students from MUSC and College of Charleston all year round. If you are interested in internship opportunities please contact us.

We are happy to provide career advice to students interested in computational biology and bioinformatics and give presentations at local high schools and colleges. Our staff have presented at CofC undergraduate lecture courses.

Community Outreach

The Bioinformatics core is participating in South Carolina Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (SC CURE) at Burke High School, Charleston. Our Bioinformatics Scientist, Dr. Willian da Silveira, is actively participating in classes at the school and the BSR will receive a student as a trainee in the summer of 2018. More information about the program can be found below and on the SC CURE website.

South Carolina Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (SC CURE)

South Carolina Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (SC CURE) Program for Underrepresented High School Students is a two-year program taught by Hollings Cancer Center scientists for rising sophomores and juniors at Burke High School.

SC CURE allows underrepresented students from Burke High School to explore a career in biomedical cancer research. Rising sophomores and juniors are offered a number of learning opportunities focused on cancer biology, epidemiology, and health disparities. The two-year Program consists of cancer-focused courses and enrichment activities including a hands-on research rotation at the Hollings Cancer Center, as well as cultural enrichment activities at the Wadmalaw Community Center and Beaufort’s Penn Center. The Program is designed to stimulate and facilitate local students' interest in cancer research and cancer health disparities research.