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    SUMMER VBRC PHILOSOPHY

    We believe that if students are given equitable access to mentorship they will thrive in science.

    We believe that if students are given equitable access to mentorship they will thrive in science.

    As an NIH BUILD Scholar, we believe in your development as a scientist. Each student pictured is a former BUILD Scholar that’s either in graduate school or working as a full-time researcher. We know you can thrive and are here to support you.

    As an NIH BUILD Scholar, we believe in your development as a scientist. Each student pictured is a former BUILID Scholar that’s either in graduate school or working as a full-time researcher. We know you can thrive and are here to support you.

    Live Zoom Sessions

    We will be having class Monday – Thursday from 10AM PST/1PM PST

    Slack Channel

    As a way to build community and share content to aid in your research this summer, we will be using Slack.

    Coding Help Resources (Source: Rohlf Lab)

    Introduction to R Software

    “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”

    “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”

    Zora Neale Hurston

    Our Triple Aims

    Our Triple Aims

    1. Recognizing positive representation in science
    2. Creating an affirming, non-hierarchical structure
    3. Creating a sense of belonging to a community of scientists

    Having troubles with your research or statistics? Schedule an appointment for tutoring with Dr. Jasmón Bailey

    What should I expect this summer in VBRC?

    This summer you will gain experience with coding and analyzing data sets. You’ll also get the opportunity to collaborate with NIH BUILD Scholars to answer a research question and present your findings at the conclusion of the program.

    What if I am new to coding and need help?

    We have you covered. This summer you will have the opportunity to ask questions to your near peer mentor if you’re feeling stuck. You’ll also have the opportunity to reach out to Dr. Bailey for research help. Last year’s VBRC student rated Dr. Bailey highly and he’s enthused to work with NIH BUILD Scholars this year again.

    The Face of Science is You!

    You bring tremendous value to research not just because of your academic prowess, but also your lived experiences which helps shape you to be a better scientist. Who better to improve health in your local community than you?

    I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 things that do not work.

    Our research theme this summer will be Resistance and Resiliency. We are looking forward to working with you this summer to develop your research skills.

    EVIDENCED BASED RESEARCH

    Designing a biomedical coding program focused on inclusivity and agency

    Designing a biomedical coding program focused on inclusivity and agency

    We strive for diversity and inclusion in biomedical science fields. We were recently published in Nature Computational Science.

    Our Team

    Kala Mehta, DSc, MPH
    Kala Mehta, DSc, MPHVBRC Director
    Dr. Kala Mehta is Director of the BUILD Summer VBRC. Dr. Mehta is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Mehta focuses on both domestic and international vulnerable populations.
    Jasmón Bailey, PhD, MA
    Jasmón Bailey, PhD, MAStatistics & R Instructor
    Dr. Jasmón Bailey is a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland. His research interests include the social psychology of race and racism, intersectionality, labor, and social mobility.
    Niquo Ceberio, MS
    Niquo Ceberio, MSNear Peer Mentor Leader
    Niquo Ceberio provides research support and leads Near Peer Mentor activities within SF BUILD. Her research focus is in Forensic Genetics where she aims to reduce health disparities.
    Sonny Vernard, MPH, MPP
    Sonny Vernard, MPH, MPPIT Guy
    Sonny Vernard is a Program Manager for the SF BUILD Program at UCSF. He supports students with career development and leads SF BUILD Digital Communication work.
    Nichole Coleman, PhD
    Nichole Coleman, PhDSF BUILD Program Adminstrator
    Dr. Coleman is Program Adminstrator of SF BUILD. She is also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at SF State and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Chemistry at Berkeley.
    Yazmin Carrasco, PhD
    Yazmin Carrasco, PhDAssociate Director, SF BUILD UCSF
    Dr. Carrasco is a trained chemist that has a passion for supporting students from underrespresented backgrounds thrive in science. She is Associate Director of the SF BUILD Program at UCSF.
    Audrey Parangan-Smith, PhD
    Audrey Parangan-Smith, PhDCo-Director, SF BUILD SF State
    Dr. Audrey Parangan-Smith is the Co-Director of the SF BUILD Program at San Francisco State. She is also faculty at SF State.
    Imon Islam
    Imon IslamNear Peer Mentor
    Imon Islam is a trained bioinformatician with extensive project experience in the field of metagenomics, and applications in evolutionary biology. Imon works as a consultant for one of largest gay mens dating applications, and is excited to mentor students from diverse backgrounds.
    Ryan Fergusson, MS
    Ryan Fergusson, MSNear Peer Mentor
    Ryan Fergusson is a mission-driven Data Scientist with a technical background Bioinformatics. Click on the chat icon below for my Near Peer Mentor Link and the passcode is: 119372
    Emily Samperio, BS
    Emily Samperio, BSNear Peer Mentor
    Emily Samperio is a recent cell and molecular biology graduate passionate about working in the intersection of computing and biology. She enjoys inspiring younger generations through mentoring and teaching students how to code. Click on the chat icon below for my Near Peer Mentor Link and the passcode is: 166666
    Carina Kalaydjian, BS
    Carina Kalaydjian, BSNear Peer Mentor
    Carina Kalaydjian is a Applied Mathematician with research experience in forensic biology. She is passionate about helping students learn how to code. Click on the chat icon below for my Near Peer Mentor Link and the passcode is: 006586
    Elizabeth Rodriguez, BS
    Elizabeth Rodriguez, BSNear Peer Mentor
    Elizabeth Rodriguez is a recent graduate where she studied physiology and her research interests include education, race, medical, and healthcare. She is very excited to be working with everyone this summer. Click on the chat icon below for my Near Peer Mentor Link and the passcode is: 264793
    Kenny Leong, BS(c)
    Kenny Leong, BS(c)Student Assistant
    Kenny Leong is a student assistant within the SF BUILD Program. Kenny assists with video editing and social media management. He is currently a student at San Francisco State majoring in Computer Science and minoring in math.
    Gian Carlo Baldonado, BS
    Gian Carlo Baldonado, BSStudent Assistant
    Gian Baldonado assists with video editing and social media management for SF BUILD. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State, where he received a major in Computer Science and a minor in Asian American Studies.
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