Promoting Inclusivity In Computing

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The PINC program started in 2017, and at the time was designed to achieve one initiative, to provide a pathway for students majoring in the Life Sciences to learn to code and earn a minor in Computing Applications. Since then, PINC has grown to include student certificate, scholarship, summer coding, mentor, and professional certificate programs. 

The Computing Applications Minor (also known as the PINC Minor) consists of a series of five Computer Science classes (15 units total) taken over four semesters. No prior computer science background needed. Now, the first 2 courses (CS306 and CS219) can be taken as CR/NC towards the degree requirement. More information can be found here.

The Data Science and Machine Learning for Biotechnology Certificate Program (also called the gSTAR Program), offers students a 12-unit pathway (taken over two semesters) to learn technical and professional skills needed to work in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Students who are already pursuing the PINC Minor, only need to take 3 additional classes (each only 1 unit). Open to Undergraduate and Graduate students. More information can be found here 

The GEN-PINC Scholarship Program offers scholarships to eligible students who are pursuing the PINC Minor and/or the gSTAR Certificate. More information can be found here.

The PINC Summer Program offers an opportunity for students to learn coding and to apply it to a project of their choice. More information can be found here.

The Data Science & Machine Learning for Biotechnology Professionals Certificate (also referred to as the gSTAR Pro Certificate Program) is a noncredit certificate program that designed for professionals from any background. The curriculum was developed in close collaboration with Genentech scientists. The program aligns with the technical needs of the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industries and is adapted for professionals in various work-life situations. More information can be found here.

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