The IBB seeks to promote interdisciplinary research and education, foster ties with the Texas Medical Center, create partnerships with industry, promote the translation of research, and facilitate strong research and training programs. With over 100 IBB faculty members, the IBB is located in the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), which provides an innovative physical and programmatic environment where scientists and educators collaborate to conduct bio-related research.
The Hamill Innovation Awards (supported by the Hamill Foundation), are one of several awards given by the IBB. Hamill Innovation Awards have funded initiation of new collaborative research by the IBB faculty, thereby allowing faculty to explore risky new areas of research that might not otherwise receive funding and collect the preliminary data necessary to publish their work or win increasingly competitive awards from federal agencies. Recipients have been able to leverage their initial research to attain additional prestigious grants to make even further significant discoveries.
The IBB administers many research programs for both graduates and undergraduates. Current programs for undergraduates include the BioXFEL Internship, the NSF Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) in Multi-Scale Biomolecular Networks, BUILDing Scholars, and the American Heart Association’s Summer Cardiovascular Research Internship Program (SCRIP). For graduate students, IBB administers the MD Anderson/Rice Cancer Nanotech T32 Fellowship.
The IBB pilots innovative, directed K-12 outreach programs that are designed to address STEM pipeline inequities through transformative means. Our programs are intensive collaborations with innovative scientists and engineers as well as with groundbreaking STEM educators and researchers. Programs are intended to be formed and implemented through the IBB and then sustained through university, community, and corporate partners.
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