As part of an NSF-funded Thematic Collections Network award, in mid-May the American Museum of Natural History
will be offering a 2-week course dealing with the fundamentals of specimen databasing and how the tools used in this process can facilitate research in biology:
Title: Specimen-level informatics and its relationship to collections-based research
Goals: Train students in best practices for specimen-level data management from the field to preserved collections and ways these methods can facilitate addressing research questions
Gain familiarity with the tools used in specimen data capture
Learn how these tools may serve as a valuable adjunct to student research
Gain familiarity with the relevant literature on specimen databasing
Engage in actual application of the software tools using data derived from student research
Student Qualifications: Advanced undergraduate or graduate student involved in specimen-based research
Dates: May 13-24, 2013
Daily Schedule: Lecture: 9:00-12:00; Break: 12:00-1:00; “Lab” time: 1:00-3:00
How to Apply:
Submit 1) a one-page CV, 2) a one-paragraph (300 word maximum) description of your current or planned research and how this course would benefit your research, and 3) a statement of your financial needs by March 15, 2013, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligibility: Must be enrolled in a degree program at a U.S. institution at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level.
Class size is limited to 20 students. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Richard Gilder Graduate School. Students are required to bring their own laptops and will be asked to install Arthropod Easy Capture, a MySQL, PhP application, prior to arrival. Technical support will be provided for installation. Housing will be provided for students from outside the New York City metropolitan area.