Metcalf Interns Research in China Mini-Symposium

  • Science intern Jennifer Hu delivers her presentation.

  • Interns based in Hong Kong look on during the mini-symposium.

9:00 am–12:00 pm


On August 20th, 2012, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing hosted the Metcalf Interns Research in China Mini-Symposium, the concluding event of the Undergraduate Summer Science Research in China program.

Each biological science research intern presented the research project that the intern has been working on during the summer. The research program paired each UChicago student intern with a Chinese professor mentor and a research group, with which the student intern developed a research topic and experiment designs. In their presentations, the students discussed research methods, motivations for their research topic, and data and results that students personally acquired through experimentation in the lab.

Professor Wei-Jen Tang, organizer of the research program, discussed the importance of international collaboration in science, emphasizing the benefits of bringing together different research methods, different thinking patterns, and diverse resources. He also thanked the Peking University and Tsinghua University graduate students and professors, many of whom came to the event, for hosting research interns in their laboratories. Family members, lab group members, and mentoring professors attended the Mini-Symposium, as well as a group of science interns in Hong Kong and a graduate student at the University of Chicago, who were skyped into the discussion.

Schedule of Events

(Each University of Chicago undergraduate student worked with a research group based at a mainland Chinese or Taiwanese institution)

9:00 | Opening Remarks by Dr. Wei-Jen Tang

9:05 | “Crystallization of the FTO Protein-DNA Complex”
Jennifer Hu, Chuan He Group, Peking University

9:40 | “Investigating the Role of Dopamine, Serotonin, and Octopamine Neurons in Decision-Making”
Han Deng, Yi Rao Group, National Institute of Biological Science

10:15| Coffee Break

10:30 | “The structure-function interface in cell-cycle networks: towards a global motif”
Michael Begun, Chao Tang Group, Peking University

11:05 | “CED-4 and CED-3: Critical Proteins Involved in Apoptosis for Caenorhabditis elegans”
Raymond Dong, Yigong Shi Group, Tsinghua University

11:40 | “Laser-Induced Acoustic Desorption Mass Spectrometry Sensitivity”
Dora Lin, Winston Chen Group, Academia Sinica

Organizer: Professor Wei-Jen Tang, Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago