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.
The BioXFEL Science and Technology Center encompasses wide areas of scientific and technical expertise. We strive to reflect our communities and make opportunities available by embracing diversity in people as well as ideas. We aim to ensure the broadest representation of expertise and opportunity for education driving our science and building the scientific community for the future.
The University at Buffalo has sponsored a JoVE playlist for BioXFEL Scholars, trainees and emerging scientists. This curated list of videos contains education and research topics that are essential to the Center. If you already have a Jove account, you can access our playlist directly through Jove.com. Select videos from our playlist are embedded below.
Please review this collection of videos on Basic Laboratory Safety before beginning to work in the lab. These videos are not meant to substitute for any official training required by your University, but may help you become more familiar with common practices before starting your research experience.
Recombinant DNA Cloning Techniques
2021 Conference Registration Scholarship
The Annual International BioXFEL conference will be held virtually in 2021. To encourage participation among all of our groups, particularly our young scientists, we have created a registration scholarship. This award will waive all fees associated with both the conference and associated workshop series.
BioXFEL is sponsoring a workshop series that will cover a core set of interpersonal and collaborative skills that scientists need to do their current jobs as well as skills they will need when they move on to other positions in academia or the private sector. The first workshop (“Difficult conversations in the research workplace: Fundamentals of negotiation) will be given on Sunday, January 31st 2021, from 10:00 AM-3:00PM EST and the second (Best foot forward, Part 1: Interviewing skills) on Monday February 1st 2021, from 10:00AM-2:30 PM EST.
To supplement our Diversity Programming, we have identified several useful resources run by our partner organizations that may be useful to you.
BioXFEL has partnered with the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP), to both advertise our programs and provide additional resources to our members. IBP hosts a searchable database of internships, scholarships, and fellowships specifically for Underrepresented Minorities in STEM. Their resources library contains a range of professional development tips for students, as well as diversity resources and best practices for faculty and staff in STEM.
- Pandemic Resources
- COVID-19 Pandemic Response Initiatives
- Sample Preparation Guidelines
- Grant Writing Workshop
- Structural Biology with X-rays: Data Collection and Analysis at the SSRL Synchrotron
- ACA 2019 Talk
- Participant Outcomes
- BioXFEL Scholar Participation Tracker
- BioXFEL Cross-Training Scholarship
- BioXFEL Scholar Education Programs