Council on Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Week Announcement! CUR Invites you to a Special NIH Presentation

Are you an Undergraduate Student with a passion for research, and interested in pathways to an exciting career in biomedical research?  CUR invites you to follow the career journey of Dr. Blake Weidenheft, and his use of the CRISPR gene-editing tool (for more information about CRISPR, see http://www.aaas.org/news/science-selects-crispr-genome-editing-tool-2015-breakthrough-year ). The Council on Undergraduate Research is excited to announce this special invitation to undergraduate researchers, from the prestigious National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Faculty mentors and undergraduate research program directors are also encouraged to attend, and share this information widely on their campuses.

 

Please see the following announcement from the NIGMS for specific details:

 

SUBJECT: April 13 - CRISPR Researcher Blake Wiedenheft to Talk to Undergraduates About His Research and Career Path

 

Blake Wiedenheft, Ph.D., will give the first annual NIGMS Director’s Early Career Investigator Lecture on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. This free event is geared toward undergraduate students but open to all.

 

Sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, the lecture will take place at NIH and be videocast for viewing live or later.

 

Wiedenheft is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University who does research on the CRISPR gene-editing tool. This exceptionally promising new method was Science magazine’s “breakthrough of the year” for 2015.

 

Following a 30-minute talk about his research, titled “Bacteria, Their Viruses, and How They Taught Us to Perform Genome Surgery,” Wiedenheft will answer questions related to his career path.

 

Please tell your students about this exciting opportunity to hear from a researcher working on the cutting edge of science, and let them know that they can send their questions for Wiedenheft to Jilliene Drayton by Friday, April 8, 2016.

 

 

 

 

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