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.

Internship & Career Search Preparation Guide

Prior to applying for Internships, Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU), or careers, you will be required to prepare certain forms and documents. Regardless of the position, it is strongly advised to have the following prepared and completed prior to your search. Having all items prepared will ensure the most options for applying as opportunities arise. 

Social Media Guide - Your Digital Footprint

With an estimated 82% of the US population using at least one social media platform, it is reasonable to expect hiring managers and recruiters to check out your profiles to learn more about you. In fact, it has been reported that 70% of employers use social media to research candidates during the hiring process.

Career and Research Hub

Here you will find Career and Research opportunities. The list is updated continuously. There are links to private industry hiring sites and REUs.

Learning to code has several benefits for your academic and professional goals. Whether you are a Microbiologist or a Biochemist (or any scientist really), knowing how to code will help you take your research to the next level. It may sound intimidating, but our program is designed especially for life science majors with no prior experience. Find out how to join PINC and learn to code here.

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PINC Program Fall '24 Classes

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