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MIT Experiential Learning Opportunity: Biological Engineering Education Series


Term:

Fall

Department:

20: Biological Engineering

Faculty Supervisor:

Maxine Jonas

Faculty email:

jonas_m@mit.edu

Apply by:

10/30/2020

Contact:

Maxine Jonas: jonas_m@mit.edu

Project Description

Leave your mark on education in Biological Engineering! “Biological Engineering Education Series: Laboratory Modules and Workshops” will partner you with mentors to fortify existing materials and develop new materials to be taught in Course 20 core lab classes (20.109 and 20.309) and in the Huang-Hobbs BioMakerspace. Through twelve proposed experiential learning opportunities (ELOs, listed below), you’ll be contributing your talents to make the MIT community at large discover and understand the stunning power of biological engineering! Let us know which projects sound most attractive to you (by emailing Maxine Jonas at jonas_m@mit.edu) and we’ll be in touch to tell you more! 1. Online deployment of the bacterial photography workshop (in the BioMakerspace) 2. Microbial fuel cell new workshop (in the BioMakerspace) 3. Expansion microscopy new workshop (in the BioMakerspace) 4. DNA origami new workshop (in the BioMakerspace) 5. CRISPR new workshop (in the BioMakerspace) 6. Data analysis tools for immunofluorescence images, flow cytometry plots, and RNA-Seq “big data” sets (in support of 20.109) 7. Neurodegeneration, drug design protein targets, and modeling the nervous system (in support of 20.109) 8. Code translation from Matlab to Python, to model noise and particle tracking in microscopy (in support of 20.309) 9. Machine learning algorithms to enhance image analysis (in support of 20.309) 10. Computational materials to teach observational noise and add statistics to models (in support of 20.309) 11. MITx publication of the DNA melting lab module (in support of 20.309) 12. Your ideas here for other workshops to offer in the future in the BioMakerspace! We plan on recruiting up to 16 students total for these ELOs. While all are welcome to apply, preferences for positions are listed below. - The ideal candidate is a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior MIT student majoring in a relevant field of study (e.g. Course 20, Course 10, Course 7, Course 6, etc). - Students should have a strong background and experience in biological wet laboratory techniques for BioMakerspace workshop development. Experience with the techniques or applications demonstrated in the modules is a strong plus. For modules related to courses, preference will be given to students who have already completed that course. - Team work and excellent communication skills will be paramount to success. - All projects will be academically intensive and rigorous. Students will be expected to be highly motivated, have strong work ethics, and work 6-10 h/week (or 80-140 hours in total) on each project, from 9/1/2020 to 1/31/2021. - Students will receive UROP credit, or a UROP hourly wage at an hourly rate of $13 (or $1000-$1820 for the semester). - These projects will be carried out remotely; on-campus in-person occasional work may be arranged for seniors. Thank you for your interest! Apply by September 4, 2020, or ask further questions, by emailing Maxine Jonas (jonas_m@mit.edu). You may apply to multiple of these 12 UROPs. Please include a paragraph explaining your interest in the position and your experience with biological engineering techniques, concepts, and data analysis. Also indicate a desired/available effort level (weekly and total number of hours) and which themes you would like to work on. Follow-up, interviews, and candidate selection will be completed by September 11, 2020, and the projects will kick off on September 14, 2020.

Pre-requisites

We plan on recruiting up to 16 students total for these ELOs. While all are welcome to apply, preferences for positions are listed below. - The ideal candidate is a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior MIT student majoring in a relevant field of study (e.g. Course 20, Course 10, Course 7, Course 6, etc). - Students should have a strong background and experience in biological wet laboratory techniques for BioMakerspace workshop development. Experience with the techniques or applications demonstrated in the modules is a strong plus. For modules related to courses, preference will be given to students who have already completed that course. - Team work and excellent communication skills will be paramount to success. - All projects will be academically intensive and rigorous. Students will be expected to be highly motivated, have strong work ethics, and work 6-10 h/week (or 80-140 hours in total) on each project, from 9/1/2020 to 1/31/2021. - Students will receive UROP credit, or a UROP hourly wage at an hourly rate of $13 (or $1000-$1820 for the semester). - These projects will be carried out remotely; on-campus in-person occasional work may be arranged for seniors.