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Program Details

The AYRIU program will consist of three major components: scientific research and skills training, professional development, and training in scientific communication.

  1. Scientific Research and Skills Training – Students selected for AYRIU will work closely with their faculty mentor to design a research project at the interface of chemistry and biology that builds upon the research being pursued in the laboratory. Students will carry out the day-to-day research with guidance from a postdoctoral scientist or senior graduate student in that lab. Students will have a project with a clearly defined purpose and potential outcomes; it will be substantial in scope and able to generate data using a variety of techniques and instruments.
  2. Professional Development – Numerous professional development opportunities will extend the AYRIU experience beyond the laboratory, giving participating undergraduates a broader view of careers in biomedical science. Scientific seminars featuring TSRI faculty members and visiting distinguished scientists will broaden students’ understanding of the newest horizons in research and improve their critical thinking skills. A monthly journal club will enable greater interaction with doctoral students studying on TSRI’s Florida campus. AYRIU participants will also take part in an interactive ethics workshop.
  3. Scientific Communication – To enhance students’ ability to communicate the results of their research, the AYRIU program will require participants to present their research in a number of informal and formal venues including lab meetings, departmental seminars, and AYRIU-specific events. All AYRIU students will be required to design and present a scientific poster at a campus-wide poster session and write a research report in journal manuscript format that summarizes their research project.

Weekly Activities

  1. Plan and conduct experiments
  2. Attend lab meetings to discuss new and related papers, and present new data
  3. Audit graduate courses such as Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Bioorganic Chemistry, Biophysics, Total Synthesis, etc. (not for credit)

Monthly Activities

  1. Attend graduate student journal club, a student-led presentation and evaluation of newly published research
  2. Attend research seminars such as the External Seminar Series and Distinguished Lecturer Series, featuring internationally recognized scientists from across the nation

Professional Development Workshops

  1. Ethics in Science
  2. Time Management
  3. Research Poster Design and Presentation