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The Genomics Leadership Initiative at Juniata College


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Summer 2013

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The Genomics Leadership Initiative at Juniata College has been funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and National Science Foundation.  The initiative seeks to achieve its goal by developing a genomics certificate program, a leadership module, and student summer research experiences.


Students interested in pursuing a genomics certificate should do they following:

First, be sure to follow the Genomics Certificate Notice of Interest link and send your name to the program director. This does not obligate you to joining the program but it does put you on our radar so that we can assist you if you choose to go through the certificate process.

Second, we need you to take a few pre-tests to establish your baseline knowledge of genomics and ELSI. The following assessment is a required component of the genomics certificate program. These pretests will be compared to a post test you will take at the end of the program to help us gauge if the program is being successful.

There are six tests (links below) covering demographic information, core content knowledge, eukaryotic genomics, prokaryote genomics, RNAseq and metagenomics. Please take all six and enter your student ID on EACH of the assessment test. While you will be providing your student ID number, your results will be kept anonymous, and will be removed once we match up pre- and post- tests. Proceed through the six surveys in numerical order. The questions are multiple-choice except for an essay at the end that will take about 20 minutes.

You are not expected to know everything (or anything) on this test, but please take your time and do your best. We ask that you take no more than a total of 40 minutes to complete all six tests.


Funded Programs for Research in Biology at Juniata

The National Science Foundation has awarded Juniata College a $445,039 grant to fund a series of faculty development workshops to be held at Juniata College and other college and university campuses on genomics education over the next five years.

The HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) has awarded $1 miilion in support of Juniata’s Genomics Leadership Initiative (GLI), to prepare leaders in science, medicine and society.

GCAT-SEEK is a group of educators who seek to incorporate new, massively-parallel sequencing technologies into the undergraduate curriculum to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to apply these revolutionary cutting-edge tools to investigate biological questions. (

NSF S-STEM scholarship program: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Juniata College a "Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math" (S-STEM) grant to provide community/two year college transfer students with scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for the two years needed to complete a B. S. degree.

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