Meet-U: educating through research immersion

Nika Abdollahi 1 Alexandre Albani 1 Eric Anthony 2 Agnes Baud 1 Mélissa Cardon 1 Robert Clerc 1 Dariusz Czernecki 1 Romain Conte 1 Laurent David 1 Agathe Delaune 1 Samia Djerroud 1 Pauline Fourgoux 2 Nadège Guiglielmoni 2 Jeanne Laurentie 1 Nathalie Lehmann 1 Camille Lochard 2 Rémi Montagne 2 Vasiliki Myrodia 1 Vaitea Opuu 2 Elise Parey 1 Lélia Polit 1 Sylvain Privé 2 Chloé Quignot 1 Maria Ruiz-Cuevas 1 Mariam Sissoko 1 Nicolas Sompairac 1 Audrey Vallerix 2 Violaine Verrecchia 2 Marc Delarue 3 Raphael Guérois 4 Yann Ponty 5, 6 Sophie Sacquin-Mora 7 Alessandra Carbone 8 Christine Froidevaux 9 Stéphane Le Crom 10 Olivier Lespinet 4 Martin Weigt 8 Samer Abboud 4 Juliana Bernardes 8 Guillaume Bouvier 11 Chloé Dequeker 8 Arnaud Ferré 12 Patrick Fuchs 13 Gaëlle Lelandais 4 Pierre Poulain 14 Hugues Richard 8 Hugo Schweke 4 Elodie Laine 8, * Anne Lopes 4, *
Abstract : We present a new educational initiative, called Meet-U, that aims at training students to collaborative work in computational biology and at bridging the gap between education and research. Meet-U mimics the set up of collaborative research projects and takes advantage of the most popular tools for collaborative work and of cloud computing. Students are grouped in teams of 4-5 people and have to realize a project from A to Z that answers a challenging question in Biology. Meet-U promotes "coopetition", as the students collaborate within and across the teams and are also in competition with each other to develop the best final product. Meet-U fosters interactions between different actors of education and research through the organization of a meeting day, open to everyone, where the students present their work to a jury of researchers and jury members give research seminars. This very unique combination of education and research is strongly motivating for the students and provides a formidable opportunity for a scientific community to unite and increase its visibility. We report on our experience with Meet-U in two French universities with master students in bioinformatics and modeling, with protein-protein docking as the subject of the course. Meet-U is easy to implement, virtually costs nothing and can be straightforwardly transferred to other fields and/or universities. All the information and data are available at http://www.meet-u.org .
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PLoS Computational Biology, Public Library of Science, 2018, 14 (3), pp.1-10. 〈10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005992〉
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Nika Abdollahi, Alexandre Albani, Eric Anthony, Agnes Baud, Mélissa Cardon, et al.. Meet-U: educating through research immersion. PLoS Computational Biology, Public Library of Science, 2018, 14 (3), pp.1-10. 〈10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005992〉. 〈hal-01722019〉

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