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Author: Alex Kirkpatrick | Category: Opportunities | February 20, 2017

Hello there fellow scientist,

I have an exciting opportunity to share with you! There is need for expansion of the VBRA Admissions Committee.

What is the VBRA? The Voelcker Bioscience Research Academy, or VBRA is a program set in place to allow the best and brightest high school potential to be part of an intensive summer research course.

These students will get the opportunity to work side by side a grad student in their lab.

This will be the 9th year of this program and it has had great success for all involved. In fact, some current Ph.D. and MD students here at UT Health SA were once VBRA students!

With that said, as this program grows, so does the pool of applicants. The Office of Recruitment and Science Outreach here at UT Health SA who oversees this program has requested assistance to sort through the pool of applicants. Those applicants that are selected will be invited for interview. This process will work much like the admissions process for a Ph.D. program.

Where you come in:

There are two ways you can be part of this admissions process:

1) Reviewing applications on DecisionDesk- you will be granted admin access to this site. This will require about 1-2 hours of your time. You can expect to review about 7 applications. (still looking for about 2-3 more people )

2) Interviewing selected applicants (30 min per interview) on April 4th and 6th from 4-7:30 p.m. in the library here on campus.

We will need more people involved in the interview process than in the application review process so if you'd like to participate in this process, you do not have to commit to doing both activities.

However, we do ask that if you would like to be an interviewer that you commit to interviewing at least 2 students (30 min each). Note: For fairness, you will not interview a student you selected from the initial pool of applicants (Only applicable if you do both parts 1 & 2 of process)

Keep in mind, an opportunity like this will have a large impact on your CV as well as team facilitation, communication and mentorship skills.

If you are interested in participating in either/both process (as listed above), know someone who would be great at this or simply have questions, please feel free to contact me.

Alex Kirkpatrick is a student in the M.S. Immunity, Infection, Inflammation program. She is also the Voelcker Bioscience Teaching Academy Graduate Student K-12 Outreach Representative.

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