Will I have access to computers and phones?
If I have a disability or special dietary requirements, what should I do?
What are the residence facilities like? I haven't lived in a dorm for years!
No molecular biology experience is expected or required. The course is designed such that there will be more lecture in the first three days to bring everyone up-to-speed on common terms and concepts. These first few days provide a non-intimidating introduction to molecular biology. After that, you'll be amazed at how smoothly we progress from basic to advanced topics like quantitative PCR, CRISPR and next-generation sequencing.
Previous participants include medical doctors, sales associates, equipment engineers, principal investigators, directors of programs, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and research assistants. Their fields of research include various disciplines of medicine, biochemistry, ecology, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, plant biology, genetics, physiology and others. They came from large universities, small colleges, medical schools, hospitals, industry and private foundations. Approximately 75% of our participants come from the USA and 25% come other countries.
Applications can be accepted by email, but we highly recommend that you apply online. However, if you have trouble with the online form, you can email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org and include "application" in the subject line.
New England Biolabs (NEB) offers three scholarships to individuals who live and work in low income countries. To apply, please submit your CV and statement of motivation, along with a statement indicating that you would like to apply for financial aid, to email@example.com. You will be notified of a decision as soon as possible. Deadline for the international scholarship application is March 1st.
NEB also offers three scholarships to elementary, middle and high school teachers from public or private schools. To apply for a scholarship, complete the online application, and forward your CV and statement of motivation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for teacher scholarship applications is May 15th
Unfortunately, we do not have any other financial aid options. Please check with your institution, as they often provide funding for this type of course.
Due to time constraints and the extent of the curriculum, we start lecture and lab on the first Sunday evening. Dormitory check-in is from 3 PM to 5 PM, followed by dinner from 6 to 7 PM. At 7:15 PM, there is an opening reception, followed by the introductory lecture. After lecture, there is a brief, 30-minute lab session, which ends at about 10 PM.
We end the course on a Saturday. You will be able to leave whenever necessary on Saturday to accommodate your travel arrangements. However, the last ends around 11 AM and it's best if you can stay until that time.
The course is intensive. The course starts each day at 8:30 AM with a review of the protocols for the morning lab session. You are in lab or lecture until noon, and there is an hour off for lunch. Following lunch, there is another protocol session, more lecture and lab work until 6 PM. After an hour break for dinner, there is lecture and lab work until about 9:00 PM.
Your only full day off is the Sunday between the two weeks. As you can see, we make the most of the time that you spend here!
Smith College residence and dining staff are familiar with these issues. If you have a disability, we ask you to contact us one month prior to your arrival on campus. You will be asked to file a form with the Smith College Disabilities Office.
There will be vegetarian alternatives served at every meal. If you have additional dietary requirements (medical or religious), please let us know one month before your arrival. The dining staff will be informed and should be able to accommodate your needs.
Dormitories at Smith College are not like ones you find at most other colleges or universities. In fact, they are not dorms at all, but large houses. Each participant has a single room with a twin bed, desk, bureau, phone and closet. Bed linens, pillows and towels are supplied. Each floor has its own communal bathrooms, which are kept very clean by the housekeeping staff.
Please bring shampoo, soap and all other toiletries. Each house has quarter-operated washing machines and dryers in the basement. Please note that lighting is dim in the rooms and a small light is useful for evening reading.
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