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Revision as of 23:57, 5 June 2013

This page is intended for students working on SURF projects in the Summer of 2013. Mainly for me to keep track of everything that is going on.

Students

Student Mini-group Co-mentor(s) Project
Bern, James NCS Eric Robot Motion Planning with Complex Tasks
Falt, Mattias NCS Marcella The role of delays in biological systems
Grigonyte, Aurelija Biocricuits Emzo Characterizing gene expression for different extracts
Li, Monica Biocircuits Anu Investigating physical methods of protecting linear DNA fragments in cell free expression systems
Mickelin, Oscar NCS Necmiye Synthesis of correct-by-construction control protocols for air management systems of aircraft
Ng, Andrew Biocircuits Enoch Understanding and Quantifying the Effect of Compositional Context on Biocircuit Performance
Quijano, Juan Biocircuits Jongmin Synthetic logic circuits using RNA aptamers
Sharma, Rohit Biocircuits Zach Synthetic biological circuit design implementing protein degradation in-vitro
Zheng, Chris NCS Scott Experiments with dynamic obstacles and correct-by-construction controllers
Zhou, Tiffany Biocircuits Dan The costs and benefits of various designs of biochemical 'decision engines'

Meetings on 18-24 June

Tue (18 Jun)
  • SURF orientation

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  • 10:00 - Meeting with co-mentors, 114 Steele Lab
  • 12:00 - SURF seminar
  • 1:30 - Caltech safety briefing (mandatory)
  • 2:30-5:00 - TX-TL course (biocircuits)
Thu (20 Jun)
  • 10:00-5:00 - TX-TL course (biocircuits)
Fri (21 Jun)
  • 10:00-5:00 - TX-TL course (biocircuits)
Mon (24 Jun)
  • 10:00-12:00 - SURF group meeting with Richard and co-mentors, 114 Steele
    • 1 chart overviews (5 min each)

Original project descriptions

This section is intended for students interested in working on SURF projects in the Summer of 2013. It contains a list of project areas where I will be supervising projects this year along with information about how to apply for a SURF project in my group.

Applying for a SURF project

Because I get many students interested in doing SURFs in my group and because we have several projects available, we use the first few weeks in January to sort out who we will work with in writing proposals. We only submit one proposal per project area and so we often can't accommodate everyone who wants to work in my group over the summer.

  1. A list of SURF project descriptions is given in the table below. Due to the number of SURF projects that we support, we are only able to support students who select from among these projects. Please make sure to read the project descriptions, required skills (if any) and skim a few of the listed references before contacting me about doing a SURF project.
  2. Students interested in writing proposals for SURF projects should contact me via e-mail by 11 Jan (Fri) and provide the following information:
    • A list of up to three SURF projects from the list below that you are interested in working on
    • A one page resume listing relevant experience and coursework
    • If you are not a Caltech student or part of one of our CDS exchange programs (Lund, KTH), I will also need the following additional information:
      • An unofficial copy of your academic transcript
      • Names of two faculty members at your current institution that I can contact for a reference
  3. Starting on 12 January, I will go through all applications and work with my group to identify who is a possible fit for each project. We will then contact you and ask for you to meet (or talk with) possible co-mentors so that we can eventually work out who we will work with in writing up a proposal.
  4. We hope to make final decisions on projects by about 20 Jan, at which point we will start working with students on writing up proposals.
  5. All applications should go through the normal SURF application process, described at www.surf.caltech.edu. SURF applications are due on 22 Feb 2013.
  6. If you are selected for a SURF, please be aware of the following information
    • All SURF projects in my group will start on 18 Jun (Tue). If you can't start on that date, please make sure that you indicate this when you contact me
    • All SURF projects are for a minimum of 10 weeks, although I usually recommend that you try to stay for 12 weeks if possible (at no additional pay). It's hard to complete a project in just 10 weeks and spending a few extra weeks can greatly improve the project.
    • All SURF students in my group will be expected to devote full-time effort to their SURF project, so you cannot have a second job in addition to your SURF.

List of available projects

Title Grant/Project Co-Mentors Comments
The costs and benefits of various designs of biochemical 'decision engines' MPP Dan Siegal-Gaskins
Robot Motion Planning with Complex Tasks Boeing Eric Wolff
Experiments with dynamic obstacles and correct-by-construction controllers Boeing Scott C. Livingston
Synthetic logic circuits using RNA aptamers MPP Jongmin Kim
Role of Delays in Biological Processes MPP Marcella Gomez
Designing phosphorylation sensitive protein domains for use in synthetic circuits MPP Emzo de los Santos
Synthetic biological circuit design implementing protein degradation in-vitro MPP Zach Sun
Understanding the Effect of Compositional Context on Biocircuit Performance MPP Enoch Yeung
Investigating physical methods of protecting linear DNA fragments in cell-free expression systems MPP Anu Thubagere
The connection between biological structure and function in dynamic environments Chris Kempes