The D. E. Shaw Research Undergraduate Fellowship is a two-day educational opportunity open to current freshmen and sophomores in STEM fields who self-identify as Black, African-American, Hispanic, Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander. Join us to learn about the research and scientific computing projects at D. E. Shaw Research, to participate in skills-building workshops in computational biochemistry and scientific visualization, and to connect with members of our interdisciplinary team and peers from across the country who share an interest in science and technology. We offer a stipend to all Undergraduate Fellows.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtually this year.
D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) is a New York–based independent research laboratory that conducts basic scientific research in the field of computational biochemistry under the direct scientific leadership of Dr. David Shaw. Our group is currently focusing primarily on long molecular dynamics simulations involving proteins and other biological macromolecules of potential interest from both a scientific and a pharmaceutical perspective. An integral part of our effort consists of designing and developing custom hardware and software to carry out this research. We are also pursuing drug discovery programs, leveraging the insights enabled by our novel technologies to focus on drug targets that span a range of therapeutic areas. For more information about the group, please visit www.DEShawResearch.com.
Our program will include an overview of our technical and scientific projects, computational biochemistry and scientific visualization workshops, a panel discussion about career paths in the computational sciences, and mentorship sessions.
The Undergraduate Fellowship is open to current freshmen and sophomores in STEM fields attending US-based colleges and universities who self-identify as Black, African-American, Hispanic, Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander.
How many people do you expect to attend?
In order to create an environment that supports making personal connections and engaging in meaningful discussions, we anticipate having around 20 Fellows.
Do I have to be an undergraduate to attend?
Yes. This event is designed specifically for undergraduate students. If you’re not currently pursuing an undergraduate degree and are interested in learning more about DESRES, please visit our website, www.DEShawResearch.com.
How will the attendees participate in the virtual Fellowship?
We will share the instructions for the virtual platform we’re using ahead of the event.
How will the Undergraduate Fellowship program be scheduled?
In order to accommodate participants in different time zones, we are planning for the Fellowship to last 4-5 hours in the afternoons (ET) of January 14 and 15.
My question wasn’t answered here. Who should I contact?
Please send your questions to DESRESSummit@DEShawResearch.com.
“I had an eye-opening experience talking with DESRES researchers, touring Anton, and meeting the other summit participants. I was first exposed to MD in high school, but have not yet made it a part of my college pursuits. The DESRES Summit has encouraged me to build on my previous experiences and seek out opportunities to conduct MD research.”
- Computer Science Major, Class of 2021
“I am inspired by the trajectory and growth of DESRES, and my conversations with the Science Associates and Research Scientists solidified my desire to work in a company that promises the highest quality of drug discovery.”
- Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics Major, Class of 2020
“It was really nice to learn more about DESRES and the team. I can honestly say that it changed my perspective on what path I want to take as a chemistry major. I really like the idea of computational chemistry now as an alternative to experimental medical research!”
- Chemistry Major, Class of 2020
“I had a wonderful time and feel that I really did get a sense of what DESRES is about. It was especially exciting to see Anton 2, and hear about all the components that make it such a powerful tool for biochemical research. It was also great to hear about the career choices and summer jobs that led your team members to DESRES.”
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major, Class of 2016
“I was absolutely blown away by DESRES – the phenomenal research that you do, the supportive, engaging, dynamic, and driven culture of your team, your facilities, Anton, and the warm hospitality shown to us at the summit. I left feeling genuinely excited about all of the ideas presented to us.”
- Applied Mathematics Major, Class of 2014
Please email your resume and a personal statement (approx. 200 words) to DESRESFellowship@DEShawResearch.com with the subject line "2021 Undergraduate Fellowship Application" by December 14, 2020. The personal statement should address your interest in the Fellowship and describe what makes you a compelling candidate.