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* Application Updates: Applications for admittance to the Fall 2014/15 academic year will be accepted beginning September 15, 2013.
We recommend that all applicants submit their complete application package by January 15, 2014 to be considered for invitation to the
MCB Recruitment Events to be
held mid-February, 2014.

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A revolution is underway in biology...Fueled by explosive advances in the technology for collecting quantitative, comprehensive data, biologists and biomedical scientists have become engaged in a search for new, more systematic ways to organize and understand the living world.

Engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists and chemists have come together with traditional biologists to forge a new field, Systems Biology, in which life is viewed from the perspectives of complex systems, networks, devices and design principles.

UCI is among only a handful of institutions offering graduate training in this new field, through our Howard Hughes Medical Institute-funded initiative in Mathematical, Computational and Systems Biology (MCSB) and the affiliated Mathematical and Computational Biology Gateway Program (MCB). Read on to learn more about opportunities for training »


Systems Biology Contest for 2014 Gateway Student Applicants

The MCSB Gateway Graduate Program at the University of California, Irvine is pleased to announce a contest designed to stimulate student enthusiasm and innovation for short-term research proposals in Systems Biology. The competition is open to applicants applying for recruitment to the 2014 MCSB graduate program. Three (3) winning proposals will receive monetary AWARDS of $500/each.

Participation in this contest is completely voluntary, is not required for the MCSB graduate program application, and has no effect on an applicant’s review.

Requirements: Submit a 1-page outline of a novel short-term research project or concept in the area of Mathematical, Computational or Systems Biology research. Your research proposal should include your name, a short descriptive title, summary of the basic research problem, references for relevant background and an outline of the experimental approach to answer the question. Highlight any techniques or approaches that you consider innovative or how your proposal might advance the field. Reviewers will positively score proposals that are pragmatic, low cost and feasible within a short period of time (i.e ~ 3 months or 1 lab rotation). Students are also encouraged to search UC Irvine faculty webpages to identify and reference any potential mentor(s) whose research interests overlap or complement the proposed project idea. Lists of faculty and their research themes can be found on individual UCI departmental websites or via the MCSB or CCBS websites: or

Eligibility: MCSB Gateway Graduate Program student applicants for Fall 2014.
Participation: voluntary; 1 submission per applicant only
Deadline: January 15, 2014; email 1-page proposal (PDF, or Word .doc/.docx) to:, Subject: Contest
Notice of Awards: All submissions will be reviewed and scored for merit by the Contest Committee in February, 2014. Prize recipients will be announced at the beginning of March, 2014.