We are currently recruiting for our 2022 FACES summer cohort. Please see program information below:
What is FACES?
The Functional Analysis of Crest EffectorS (FACES) program is a paid summer research program at the University of California, Davis. It is a 10-week program (8-week in person) summer research experience for students from historically excluded groups. The FACES program pairs research experience, education, mentoring, professional development, and discovery of novel factors involved in cranial neural crest development.
The objective of FACES is twofold: 1) to identify and characterize proteins that are expressed in and regulate cranial NC cell development and 2) to create an inclusive introduction to developmental biology for the next generation of STEM professionals. Student discoveries will be shared with the greater cell and developmental biology community on the FACES website. The program will recruit 2-4 students from historically excluded groups from primarily undergraduate and Minority- or Hispanic-Serving Universities to the research-intensive UC Davis campus. While the students are at UC Davis, they will be incorporated into the lab completely, and mentoring will continue past the summer via virtual lab meetings, data analysis boot camps, and eventual publication. The FACES program will culminate with a lab research symposium where all trainees in the lab will give 10-15 minute oral presentations on their summer research projects. Students will attend the national SDB meeting in the last week of July the year after their first FACES summer.
What are the expectations for the program?
1. All students will have independent research projects in the lab and will work with lab mentors to learn techniques.
2. Students are required to attend weekly lectures focused on concepts, background, and research in developmental biology.
3. Students are required to attend weekly professional development meetings focused on a variety of topics.
4. Students will present their work in an end of summer research symposium.
Who is eligible to apply?
The FACES program is aimed at students from historically excluded and marginalized communities who are currently enrolled as undergraduate students at Minority- or Hispanic-Serving Universities. Preference will go to students who have 2 or more years left before graduation as the FACES students may continue their research into a second summer, but undergraduate students at any level are welcome to apply.
What is the program schedule?
See schedule to the right. Briefly, students will meet the lab and their cohort virtually in week 1 prior to their travel to UC Davis. The program takes a 3-pronged approach to summer research. Professional development is paired with hands-on research and education in developmental biology.
What will I get out of being a FACES Fellow?
Science is an amazing, difficult, fun, and confusing endeavor. Fellows will:
1. Be trained in molecular, cell, and developmental biology techniques.
2. Will network with peers and scientists at UC Davis and beyond.
3. Will contribute to the knowledge of developmental processes in novel and emerging research organisms.
4. Will be guided on important academic concepts including scientific writing, presentation skills, #SciComm, graduate school applications, scientific career options.
5. Will be paid for their time ($5400 summer stipend), provided housing in the UC Davis dormitories, and will have a chance to live and experience life at UC Davis for the summer.