FAQs

Question:

Can I stay off campus?

Answer:

In some cases, students may wish to stay off campus during the school, although this is typically a more expensive option. If you wish to stay off campus yet attend the school, please contact Monica Wu at conferences@newmexicoconsortium.org.

Question:

What type of visa do I need for the summer school?

Answer:

In most cases, the proper visa is the B-1. The q-bio Summer School is technically a business conference (not an academic institution) so we are not able to provide I-20 for your F-1 visa application. 

Question:

When can San Diego students check in at St. John's College for the Student Symposium?

Answer:

Check-in for the Student Symposium is on August 10, 2014. 

Question:

When/where should I have a letter of recommendation sent?

Answer:

We will send emails to request letters of recommendation directly from your references. These will be used primarily to help us with borderline decisions on selection and funding issues. In many cases, we will not ask for these letters.

Question:

What are the typical class sizes?

Answer:

This will vary from campus to campus and from theme to theme. General lectures will hold about 20-30 students. Most theme specific lectures, demonstrations and computer labs will be in much smaller groups of 5-12 students. Project groups may range from 1-5 people.

Question:

What if I need more time for my application?

Answer:

If you need more time to complete your application, please let us know before the final due date. Extensions may be possible, but once all spaces are filled, enrollment will be closed. 

Question:

Can I make changes to my application?

Answer:

Yes. Students can make changes to their application (i.e., update CV or statement of interest) up until the final deadline. For this please refer to online application page.

Question:

Could you send me an official letter so that I can obtain a US Visa?

Answer:

Yes. At time of selection, we will be happy to provide you with an official letter confirming your position at the school. Please let us know exactly what information you need such a letter to contain. School selection will be in mid to late March. This should provide enough time for the visa application process (this has been more than sufficient for students in the past).

Question:

I am not a physicist, engineer, or programmer (my mathematical background is not strong) --or-- I am not a chemist or a biologist (my biochemistry knowledge is limited). Is the school right for me?

Answer:

The school is intended for researchers who are new to modeling of cellular regulatory systems, so the most important thing is to have an interest in this type of work. Ideally, students should have a strong background in either (1) mathematics and the physical sciences or (2) quantitative biological experiments. We tend to cover subject material and facilitate collaborations at the nexus of these disciplines. As a result, our syllabus is not part of any standard curriculum, and most of the students will be starting from the same place regardless of educational background.

Question:

Does it matter which course I choose?

Answer:

Yes, different courses will include different breakaway sessions in which more detailed discussions, tutorials and group projects will take place. Also, each campus (ABQ and UCSD) will host different courses. Students should be careful to select the course most closely aligned with their interests and explain that choice in their application. Each course will have between 8 and 12 students, and enrollment is expected to be competitive.

Question:

How much does the summer school cost?

Answer:

Registration for the school is $550.  

There will be an additional $500 surcharge per student for the Experimental Synthetic Biology course.  This necessary to cover our costs for the rented lab space, supplies, and the consumables.

A fee of $1500 will include lodging and most meals during the summer school (17 days).  Scholarships are available to reduce tuition fee and lodging/meals fee for some students. To apply for these, students must include a CV, statement of interest, and the email address of a current supervisor who can provide a reference.

The q-bio conference is organized separately.  Its registration fee is additional plus lodging expenses (please refer to q-bio conference page for more information).  Awards are available to help pay for the registration fee.  Summer school students will be given preference for these scholarships.  These must be requested through the conference webpage and will require a CV and abstract submission (due Late March, 2013).  

Question:

What does the q-bio Student Symposium cost?

Answer:

The last two days of the school in ABQ are already included in the summer school registration and lodging fees. Students who would like to invited their advisers to attend the final two days should contact the organizers by email. (Note: the q-bio conference in Santa Fe is separate).

Question:

Are there any opportunities for student financial aid?

Answer:

Yes, there may be a limited amount of financial aid that could help partially offset the fees associated with the summer school, depending upon funding availability. The exact amounts of assistance are not yet determined, but should be announced shortly after acceptance in late April. To apply for assistance, students should include the CV and either an abstract for a contributed talk or a statement of research interests.

Question:

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Answer:

To apply for a scholarship, students must include a CV, statement of research interest and the contact email address of a current supervisor.

Question:

What format should the CV, letter of interest / research abstract have?

Answer:

The letter of interest / research abstract should be no longer than 1 page and should have a font no smaller than 11pt. A single paragraph abstract is acceptable. Please combine the statement and CV into a single PDF file before upload. 

Question:

When do we pay?

Answer:

Each school campus will collect funds separately. More details on payment arrangements will be given at the time of acceptance (mid April).

Question:

What is the typical daily schedule of the school?

Answer:

The schedule is 8am-6pm, Monday through Friday. Weekends are open for students to work among themselves or to enjoy the surrounding areas.

Question:

How disruptive would it be if I had to miss a couple days of the school?

Answer:

We strongly encourage that students attend every day of the school. An important part of the school is group project work, so missing days could potentially be very disruptive to a student and his/her team. Please let us know if you have circumstances that may prevent you from attending the entire school.

Question:

If I attend the school in San Diego, how do I get to the last week of the school in Albuquerque?

Answer:

Travel arrangements from California to New Mexico are the responsibility of each student. Students may choose to fly or rent a vehicle and make a 2-day road trip (via the grand canyon). Travel funds may be available to pay for the expense of this travel. Students should request this information at the time of acceptance.

Question:

When will I know if I have been accepted?

Answer:

Letters of acceptance will be sent in mid to late March, 2013.

Question:

If I paid for the Summer School, then did I also pay for the Conference?

Answer:

No. Thought the Summer School and Conference are associated, they have separate fees and registration. Please see q-bio.org for more details about the conference.

Question:

If I am registered for the Summer School, am I also registered for the conference?

Answer:

No. The conference registration is separate. Please visit q-bio.org for more details about the conference.

Question:

I want to check on flight costs. What airport should I fly into?

Answer:

For the Albuquerque campus, consider ABQ. For the San Diego campus, consider SAN.

Question:

Are weekend activities planned?

Answer:

The organizers are not involved in the planning weekend activities. Past students have organized a variety of weekend activities on their own. Past activities have included white water rafting and funyaking, cliff jumping, rock climbing and hiking (e.g., to the top of Santa Fe Baldy or to hot springs in the Jemez mountains).

Question: 

Are there kosher or vegetarian options at Albuquerque - UNM campus?

Answer:

It depends on your definition of kosher or vegetarian. Please leave your questions/comments when you submit your online application. You will be contacted if we have questions for you. 

Question:

How do I get from ABQ airport to UNM campus?

Answer:

We recommend sharing a ride – a ride board will be available later – or booking a shuttle ride or Taxi in advance. 

Question:

Can I arrive at UNM-Albuquerque campus a day early?

Answer:

No – if you need to arrive early, you will need to make your own arrangements for a hotel. The check-in date for all students is July 27th, 2014 (Sunday) after 2pm. 

 

 

q-bio 2014

  • The Eighth q-bio Summer School is scheduled for July 27-August 12, 2014
  • The Eighth q-bio Conference is scheduled for August 13-16, 2014

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