Summer School at Oxford University

January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Department of Statistics at Oxford University is advertising a Summer School in Genome Analysis.  Here’s some information:

Each year the Genome Analysis Group runs a project-based summer school in computational biology and bioinformatics. The next summer school will take place from 9th of July until 17th of August 2012. Applications are invited from outstanding students who will have completed at least two years of undergraduate study by summer 2012, with a strong background in mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics or chemistry.

Students work in teams of three for the six-week period on  a  cutting-edge  research  project  in  bioinformatics  and computational biology, working with leading researchers from Oxford and collaborators visiting from overseas. There is also a programme of lectures and tutorials desgined to introduce key concepts in computational biology, and to showcase recent research in the field.

Goals of the summer school

The main aims of the summer school are:

  • to give students a chance to experience working on highly relevant problems at the forefront of computational biology and bioinformatics
  • to make significant progress on these problems, with a view towards publishing the results
  • to encourage applications for graduate programmes in computational biology and related subjects

Since three summer students, one graduate student and one postdoc work for at least six weeks on each project, there is a high chance of making real progress.

Eligibility and funding

Applications are invited from all students (UK and international) who will have completed at least two years of undergraduate study by summer 2012. No previous research experience is necessary, although students with relevant experience are especially encouraged to apply. Most previous applicants have been undergraduate or masters students, but postgraduate students and recent graduates are also invited to apply.

Accepted students will be offered university accommodation for the duration of the programme, and will receive a stipend towards living expenses.


Applications will be assessed in two rounds. Applications received by the first deadline (27th January) will be submitted for individual named funding awards.

The final application deadline is 5th March, 2012. To apply, complete the online application form.

Any queries should be directed to Ms Madeline Mitchell.

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