Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics /ˌbaɪ.oʊˌɪnfərˈmætɪks/ (listen) is an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding biological data. As an interdisciplinary field of science, bioinformatics combines biology, computer science, information engineering, mathematics and statistics to analyze and interpret biological data. Bioinformatics has been used for in silico analyses of biological queries using mathematical and statistical techniques.

What will students gain from joining the Science Coach Program?

By the end of the program, students will have completed an independent research project, understood key concepts and literature review, and will have gained practical skills (visualization, data analysis, etc.) The projects are a part of the Science Coach mission, which is to enable students to do real research and present their projects at Science Fair programs.

Why should high schoolers learn about bioinformatics?

Big data and data science are becoming increasingly more important to perform compelling biological research. Even at regional science fairs, successful biology science fair projects often demonstrate some level of bioinformatics analysis to accompany their research. To create the most competitive science fair projects, high schools must learn not only learn about bioinformatics, but also understand how to apply to it to generate biologically meaningful insights.

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