X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) present unique capabilities to revolutionize structural biology and its ability to probe the biological world. As the NASA Apollo era captured a generation's interest in outer space, these unique capabilities have the potential to capture the imagination of students, teachers, and potential scientists interested in inner space; we will foster this effect through our education and diversity programs. The BioXFEL Center is committed to building a culturally and academically diverse, inclusive community of scholars. We aim to make STEM studies exciting and accessible for all students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff.

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BioXFEL NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Proposal Writing Workshop

BioXFEL will be holding a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Proposal Writing Workshop prior to our NSF site visit on May 22nd, 2017. It is our hope that this workshop will give our students essential training in proposal writing and enhance their chances of receiving an NSF Fellowship Award.


BioXFEL Mentoring

BioXFEL has a multi-tiered approach to mentoring. The Center aims to ensure that all Scholars have a positive experience and that they receive the guidance and support necessary to lead productive careers. Internally, BioXFEL relies on an IDP process that pairs BioXFEL investigators and mentors with the Scholars of the Center. In cases where our Scholars require additional guidance from member outside of our community, they are encouraged to join the National Research Mentoring Network. Our scholars also have the opportunity to act as mentor themselves. Below we have provided materials on how to be an effective mentor to a range of students.


Individual Development Plan (IDP)

BioXFEL is committed to providing quality experiences for our Young Scientists and promoting retention of our students within the Center and the field of XFEL science. An essential part of ensuring a positive experience lies in our Mentoring Network and Individual Development Plan (IDP). Our is a key component in our mentoring plan and is designed by The American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and administered through Science Careers, This is a self-guided online tool that walks the user through the process of designing a development plan, involving a mentor and will help to keep the mentee on their career track.


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BioXFEL Scholars

BioXFEL scholars are defined as Graduate students or postdoctoral associates that are working in a lab funded in part by BioXFEL. The scholar does not need to be directly supported by the Center, but should be working on a project related to XFEL science. BioXFEL Graduate Students and Postdocs must submit an application and complete the necessary requirements in order to gain the full benefits of being a BioXFEL Scholar (see below). This form will be used to help you determine your eligibility and direct you through the brief application process. This is not required for all BioXFEL participants or ABYS members, it is only for those who expect to receive reimbursement, stipends or other financial support from the BioXFEL STC.


Graduated BioXFEL Summer Interns

BioXFEL is committed to ensuring a quality experience for all interns both during and after their internships. We frequently follow up with interns after they have graduated, track their progression through their scientific careers and provide extended support. Some interns choose to reapply to BioXFEL for a second summer, while others move to other exciting opportunities with our collaboratorsSee individual success stories.


Internship Opportunities at Partner Institutions

In an effort to enhance our undergraduate summer internship program, BioXFEL is partnering with other REUs to provide a more comprehensive experience. By participating in multiple internships within the Center and it's affiliates, interns will experience a broad range of techniques, approaches and environments. Our multidisciplinary approach to education provides our interns with a diverse array of skills, extends networking and increases their chances of being admitted into Graduate School. Below we have listed several internship programs within XFEL-related fields and provided links to their applications and more information.


Summer Internship Application 2017

All applicants are required to fill in the application below and to send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1. CV, resume or biosketch
2. Unofficial Transcripts
3. Two letters of recommendation

Please try to include all attachments in one email when possible. Thank you.


XFEL Game Survey

Please fill out the survey below after playing through the game at least one time.  You may find more information on the game HERE


XFEL: Crystal Blaster

BioXFEL member and undergraduate researcher, Fiacre Kabayiza, has created a game to help educate school-aged students on the topic of XFEL science. Employing a simple, yet engaging, tap-based gameplay and a time-proven minimal 8-bit graphical art style, he delivers a game that introduces tweens and teens to XFELs, structure determination, and the structure and function of 3 different protein.


UNLV Student Opportunities

Research Opportunities for UNLV Students

X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) present unique capabilities that have the potential to revolutionize structural biology and its ability to probe the biological world. BioXFEL is a NSF Science and Technology Center that is focused on developing new techniques, educating the general public and generating interest in XFEL technology. BioXFEL is dedicated to sharing resources with the students of UNLV to help engage them in all types of activities within the Science and Technology Center.  These activities will be occurring throughout the year and are described below.