We know that there is a huge amount of research which happens which is relevant to the goals of the OpenWorm project, but is not in an immediately usable/compatible format. Many researchers/labs may wish to contribute to the project, but the day to day work of experiments/analysis/publishing take priority.
OpenWorm Studentships are a new way to incentivize contribution to the project, offering small stipends and recognition to junior researchers who want to spend time bringing their research into the OpenWorm project and making it more accessible for the wider community.
Anyone involved in C. elegans research who has (or whose lab has) produced data, models or software, which has been publicly released and which would be useful for the OpenWorm project.
While it's not absolutely necessary that the recipient was personally involved in generating the data, there should be some connection to those who produced the data, to ensure that any questions about the data and any clarifying queries are quickly answered during the period of the project. For this reason a PhD student/postdoc in the lab which published the data would be an ideal candidate for this project.
The proposed work should focus on translating existing research outputs to open formats, and integrating them with OpenWorm’s resources/repositories/documentation. It is assumed that the model/application/dataset will already be published (even in preprint form), and the time will be spent in making this as accessible/reusable as possible.
The Studentship recipient should outline their plans in the application (see below) and if selected, spend 2-3 months working to incorporate the resources into OpenWorm. They will be assigned a mentor from the project to help ensure the resources are well integrated with our existing online content.
Examples of potential activities include:
While in exceptional cases an applicant could propose to use data that is not yet released, we fully acknowledge the importance of getting peer reviewed publications as part of a PhD/postdoc, and these activities should take priority when deciding how/when data should be released. Given the short timeline for the studentship projects, there is a need to avoid a situation where public release of data by a lab is held up due to publication delays. Therefore it is best if the data is already in the public domain at the time of application.
The applications will be judged based on:
Applications for the 2021 Studentship Call are open. There will be 2 studentships on offer in this round.
Deadline: October 31st 2021.
Individuals and organizations who wish to support this work can now sponsor an OpenWorm Studentship. Donations can be made on this page.