Teaching Scholarships! Apply by Dec 2 - Maize Annotation Jamboree - 2020 Maize Genetics Conference

The NSF-funded Gramene and MaizeCODE projects invite graduate students and faculty interested in course development to participate in the maize annotation jamboree from march 10-12, 2020 prior to the Maize Genetics Meeting in Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi, USA.   

The goal for jamboree participants is to learn about the soon-to-be-released 26 divergent maize (NAM) genomes, get training in the use of genome annotation tools, and develop student projects to improve the maize reference genomes. Familiarity with genome annotation and databases (such as NCBI, Gramene and MaizeGDB) or in-depth knowledge of maize biology is desirable. Acceptance is competitive and based on the applicant's capacity to use maize genome annotation for student research projects or course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs). Awards can be applied towards the cost of transportation, lodging, and food, and can be combined with other awards aimed to support the applicant's participation at the Maize Genetics Meeting.

At the workshop participants will work in teams to learn how to annotate a set of target genes. Then they will return to their institution with a list of genes to annotate with students. Twice-monthly webinars will provide support, allow students to share results, and seek consensus on difficult gene models. Reagents will be provided for students to amplify target genes from available cDNA libraries and develop strategies to validate difficult gene models.

Eligibility: Graduate students and faculty based in the USA. First-time conference attendees are encouraged to apply.

For direct questions regarding the award, please contact Marcela Karey Tello-Ruiz, telloruiz@cshl.edu.

To apply: https://www.maizegdb.org/maize_meeting/2020/jamboree.php