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SD University Will Use $600K NSF Grant to Create Integrative Genomics Scholarship

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Black Hills State University on Tuesday said it will use a $598,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a masters-degree scholarship program in integrative genomics that will study the links between ecology and genomics.
 
The university, located in Spearfish, SD, said the Integrative Genomics Transition Scholarship program will award $10,000 a year to 20 MS students over five years.
 
Integrative genomics, which seeks to “place the functional significance of an organism's many genes into an ecological and evolutionary context,” will be the guiding pursuit of the program, BHSU said.
 
The program will aim to produce students who “can hit the ground running” if they advance to PhD programs in science, to medical school, or on to the private sector, David Siemens, the transition program’s founding director, said in a statement.

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