Keck Center Training Programs
The training arm of the Gulf Coast Consortia offers world-class opportunities for training, mentorship, and interaction with faculty leaders and others engaged in interdisciplinary bioscience research.
The Keck Center brings together computational, physical, mathematical, engineering, and biological scientists in a stimulating and nurturing environment for the development and training of a new type of scientist–one who can incorporate theory, simulation, and experiment to expand our understanding of modern biological problems. Pre- and Postdoctoral trainees are provided an intellectual environment for considering problems that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, as well as training opportunities with mentors in different disciplines.
The 30th Keck Annual Research Conference will be held in late October/early November 2020.
The 29th Keck Annual Research Conference was held on October 11, 2019. Theme: Environmental Health Sciences. Conference Chair: Cheryl Walker, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Precision Environmental Health, Baylor College of Medicine. See the list of speakers on the conference website. The 28th Keck Annual Research Conference took place on October 26, 2018. Check the conference website for the list of speakers.
Keck Seminar Series: 4:00 pm Fridays during the academic year BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), 6500 Main @ University, Rice University. Trainees supported by the GCC are required to attend the seminars in person.
The Keck Seminar Series, begun in 1990, focuses on contemporary interdisciplinary science involving quantitative or computational, biomedical informatics and data science, bioinformatics, chemical, and/or physical approaches to biological and biomedical problems. The speakers, selected by a committee of GCC-supported trainees, are drawn from GCC institutions, and institutions nationwide. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Keck Seminar Series is also a 1-credit graduate course at Rice University, BIOC 592 “Topics in Quantitative Biology & Biomedical Informatics.”
Acknowledging Keck Center Support Are you participating in a Keck Center training program? Don’t forget that Keck Center trainees are required to acknowledge their fellowship funding support on all publications, abstracts, and posters resulting from their fellowship project. You will find the grant number of your program on your appointment letter as well as on the web page of your training program.
Individual Development Plans (IDPs) The GCC supports the NIH’s strong encouragement that every graduate student or postdoc supported by any NIH training grant, fellowship, or research grant have an Individual Development Plan (IDP) (NOT-OD-14-113) as a career development tool. Although institutions are responsible for implementation of and compliance with this notice for their trainees, the GCC monitors that our fellows have completed an IDP every year. One popular tool for creating an IDP is AAAS myIDP. IDP workshops are one of the professional development activities that the GCC sponsors.
The Gulf Coast Consortia is committed to providing equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities; we welcome applications from qualified trainees with disabilities. All GCC member institutions are ADAAA compliant and have offices of disability support services that provide accommodations and support services to trainees, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Kathleen Matthews Keck Seminar, March 9, 2018