Bioinformatics: WikiProject computational biology competition 2013

By Grant Jacobs 10/09/2013

This competition might be a way to put your course assignment or thesis introduction to good use and be in with a chance to win,

  • 1st prize – $500 (USD) and 1 year membership to the ISCB.
  • 2nd prize – $250 (USD) and 1 year membership to the ISCB.
  • 3rd prize – $150 (USD) and 1 year membership to the ISCB.

The competition is part of an ISCB (International Society for Computational Biology) aim to “further its mission by increasing the quality of Wikipedia articles about computational biology, and by improving accessibility to this information via Wikipedia. The competition is open to students and trainees at any level either as individuals or as groups.”

Further details are on the competition page. The competition opened yesterday – entrants have until 10th January 2014 to work on their entries, so there is still plenty of time to join in. There’s over a thousand pages to choose from to work on, ranked by quality. Guidelines to the judging and some background reading are on the competition website.

It would be good to see those teaching bioinformatics, or with bioinformatics students, tie this competition into the students’ training (hence my bringing it to the blog). It may also sit well on a student’s CV, as an example of their understanding of an area of the field.

More bioinformatics on Code for life:

Choosing an algorithm – benchmarking bioinformatics

Alternative bioinformatics

Retrospective–The mythology of bioinformatics | Code for Life

Bioinformatics curriculum

The roots of bioinformatics