2014 Program Dates: July 29 - August 8 (2 weeks) | Application Deadline: March 30, 2014
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech
VBI datacenter
VBI Data Center

About the program
• 2 week program – Tuesday, July 29th to Friday, August 8th centered on “Personal Medicine Genome Assembly” (fly in on July 28th and fly out on August 9th)
• Team projects (4 to a team; teams will consist of at least 2 each of biology and CS students) will consist of genome assembly and/or visualization applications.
• 16 students total

This summer 2-week intensive course is directed towards eligible undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs interested in further developing their expertise in biology relevant high performance and data intensive computing field. The vast majority of biomedical scientists are primarily users, generally utilizing small, select applications that track evolving “- omics” data generation technologies. It is therefore important to be current in these technologies, as we are at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech through data generation and data analysis cores. To benefit the majority of biomedical researchers, bioinformatics solutions must be delivered as a service with simple user interfaces and data transfer protocols where large private datasets can be analyzed in context with the vast accumulated knowledge found within the major databases – Medline, GenBank, etc. (Cochrane, 2010).

VBI's Core Computational Facility (CCF)
During the course, participants will attend lectures and discussions by leading field members including academic and industrial affiliates (See “Faculty Mentors” web page) and work on a group research project with 3 other course participants. *

This course is supported by a NSF Funded Award No. OCI-1124123. Travel, lodging (in a Virginia Tech dorm room) and sustenance (primarily from the Virginia Tech dining halls) is provided. **

* All participants are required to attend all summer institute events and at the end of the course, each participant will be required to present their research project with their group.

** All participants are expected to participate in the entire two week course in order to be fully reimbursed. Any unexcused absences may result in a deduction of your reimbursement at the discretion of the selection committee.

As required by the IRS, all non-employee participants will be required to complete non-employee tax forms.

 • 2014 promotional flier

High Performance Computing in the Life/Medical Sciences is funded by NSF Award No. OCI-1124123