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Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases

Summer Training Program for Engineering and Non-Biomedical Students

This program is directed at upper-level undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in engineering and related non-biomedical disciplines and interested in engineering and technical support careers involving high containment facilities such as at the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, currently under construction in Manhattan, Kan.

The one-week program includes hands-on and classroom training, as well as invited guest speakers addressing topics including Risk Assessment, Facility Planning and Design, Structural and Containment Equipment, Information Systems, and Physical Security. An end-of-program group project will synthesize material learned during the week.

Class size is limited to 6 students; students will be integrated at times during the week with the concurrent BSL-3 Training/Transboundary Animal Diseases program for DVM and biomedical graduate students.

A travel and lodging stipend is available for applicants not residing in or near Manhattan, Kan.

The BRI, located adjacent to the NBAF site, has a premier Education and Training Facility including a training laboratory that contains equipment to simulate BSL-3 research practices. Both CEEZAD and the BRI are committed to training a specialized workforce to protect the nation's agriculture and public health sectors against high consequence transboundary, emerging and zoonotic diseases.

Eligibility Requirements
• U.S. citizenship
• Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale
• Current enrollment as a full-time undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate student at a Kansas college or university.

Program Goals
• To provide training on essential biosafety and biosecurity practices to safely conduct research in a BSL-3 and BSL-3Ag environment
• To provide introductory training on the engineering considerations associated with work in a biocontainment facility
• Combined training with students interested in biomedical research careers will give each group an appreciation of the professional perspectives and needs of the other in a high containment setting
• To provide networking opportunities with peers and subject matter experts

By the end of the training the student will be able to:
o Demonstrate an understanding of risk group classifications and biosafety levels
o Identify potential risks and mitigation strategies associated with executing high-containment research and standard laboratory practices
o Promote practices that reduce the potential for aerosol exposures in high-containment research facilities
o Identify, select, and defend high-containment design requirements and practices required for facilities that research agents and toxins
o Demonstrate essential biosafety and biosecurity practices used in BSL-3, ABSL-3, & BSL-3Ag settings

Application deadline is 5 p.m CST,  Monday, April 24, 2017.