Preparing Underrepresented and First-Generation Students for Careers in Biomedical Big Data Science

Judith Canner, Carla Fresquez

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In 2015, through the support of the NIH BD2K dR25 Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science Grant, California State University, Monterey Bay ( CSUMB), a federally classified Hispanic Serving Institution, started to develop several programs to support undergraduate training in biomedical data science.  The programs include 1) a summer research program for undergraduates at the   Center for Big Data in Translational Genomics   at UC Santa Cruz ; 2) new majors, concentrations, and minors relevant to biomedical data science; and 3) professional and research training for undergraduate students and faculty at CSUMB.  We will present the successes of the first year of the program and discuss plans for the upcoming years.  Specifically, we will talk about the recruitment, training, and establishment of research experiences for 8 undergraduate students their ongoing professional development, and dissemination of their research.  In addition, we will discuss how faculty at CSUMB in fields closely related to biomedical data science enhanced their training in order to conduct research with undergraduates and to teach/develop new courses relevant to biomedical data science.  Finally, we will present new and planned curriculum development at CSUMB including an interdisciplinary statistics major and a concentration in bioinformatics.  Though our current emphasis is translational genomics, due to our partnership with UCSC, we hope to extend our program to encompass applications of data science to other fields of biomedical research.  In keeping with the CSUMB Vision of serving the diverse people of California, especially the working class and historically undereducated and low-income populations, the Biomedical Data Science Program at CSUMB will continue to evolve and grow over the next four years with focus on recruitment of native and transfer students into the program, dissemination of curriculum to other undergraduate minority serving institutions, and continued research experiences and training for students and faculty.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2016
EventCalifornia State Unviersity, Monterey Bay -
Duration: Jan 1 2016 → …


ConferenceCalifornia State Unviersity, Monterey Bay
Period1/1/16 → …


  • BD2K_AHM


  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematics

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