The Nevada State College Pipeline program invites low-income, first-generation, under-represented minority undergraduate students to apply for a program that focuses on the development, verification, sharing, retrieval and utilization of new information and skills.
Instructional workshops consist of two components:
The skills and knowledge developed in these workshops will be put into practice in an ongoing mentored undergraduate research project investigating the water leaking from the canyon walls below the Lake Las Vegas dam by identifying the microorganisms inhabiting that niche.
The first component of the program is based on the importance of biology / biotechnology information and informatics in biomedical fields. We have designed a 3-week curriculum that will guide students through the NCBI resources based on courses recently discontinued by NCBI. The second component focuses on molecular characterization by capillary electrophoresis.
Specifically, students will develop analytical skills using four Beckman Coulter PA 800 capillary electrophoresis instruments housed at Nevada State College in a weeklong certification workshop. We will conduct this program twice each year (summer and winter breaks) for 30 students in each session.