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.
BioXFEL is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center (STC) that focuses on promoting and advancing the study of Biological molecules using X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs). A summer internship is the best way to get started in this new and exciting field. BioXFEL offers Summer Research Internships to highly qualified undergraduate and post-graduate students with backgrounds in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, computer science and all related fields. All applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in research and MUST be US citizens or US Nationals. Women and minorities underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply.
The X-ray Laser Interactive Network Colloquia (XLINC) Series comprises three main activities: the BioXFEL Journal Club, the BioXFEL Online Lecture Series and BioXFEL sponsored Workshops. In the BioXFEL Journal Clubs, graduate students discuss recent publications with important implications for XFEL science. Each student gives a brief overview a topic that is unrelated to their main expertise and reviews a recent BioXFEL publication. These presentations are transmitted live to the center and ABYS members, recorded, and posted to our website.
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.
BioXFEL is dedicated to sharing resources with underserved communities to help engage them in all types of activities within the Science and Technology Center. We are focused on creating an inclusive environment that encourages participation and advancement of minorities underrepresented in STEM fields. Many of our initiatives are focused on the students of Puerto Rico, but we are also involved with many other groups and institutions.
These activities will be occurring throughout the year and are listed below.
- BioXFEL Cross-training
- BioXFEL Scholar Education Programs
- UPR Graduate Student Internships
- BioXFEL Cross-training
- Scientific Leadership Development Program
- UPR Education Programs
- Summer Internship Recommendation Letters
- External Conference & Professional Development Scholarship
- Graduate Opportunities at Partner Institutions
- Scientific Communications Workshop