Preparing Computational Biologists for the New England Workforce (ComBiNE) is an S-STEM (Scholarships in STEM) program funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of our program is to recruit academically talented students to pursue an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in computational biology.
ComBiNE is a collaboration between the Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics departments at Southern Connecticut State University. The project’s objective is to offer equity in talent development by offering 4-year scholarships to admitted students in Computer Science, Data Science, Biology, Biochemistry, or Biotechnology. The program also aims to fill a gap in the research and industry workforce by building interdisciplinary curricula in computational biology and by helping students strengthen career readiness and pathways to meet the local and regional workforce demand. In addition to the interdisciplinary computational biology curricula, a tiered summer research experience, mentoring and cohort building, and academic support are also prominent features of this project.