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Summer Institute for Life Sciences (SILS)

The Office of Undergraduate Biology welcomes any undergraduates engaged or interested in research this summer to join us for a series of skills-building summer workshops and social activities as part of the Seventh Annual Summer Institute for Life Sciences (SILS).  Interested students can subscribe to our mailing list here. Programming runs a few times a month during June, July and early August.  Some upcoming Summer 2017 events will include:

  • The Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Ethics Summer Symposium was held on June 22, 2017 in which 100 students discussed the research ethics of CRISPR and genome-editing tools.  Participants in this training will receive a certification from the Cornell Office of Research Integrity and Assurance.
  • SILS-Mann Library Citation Management Workshop and Pizza Lunch on Monday, June 26th, noon to 1 pm, in Mann 103, Stone Computing Center. Details below.
  • Seventh Annual Undergraduate Research Summer Symposium on August 9th, 2017. The Call for Abstracts will be in late July. Check out the SILS 2015 Abstracts to view the impressive breadth and depth of ongoing undergraduate research!

Introduction to Mendeley and Citation Management 

Monday, June 26th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM in Mann Stone Computing Center

RSVP here.

This hands-on workshop will introduce you to Mendeley (, a popular and free citation management tool. No experience is necessary, and it should be of interest to those who already are using a program like Endnote or Zotero as well as those who are completely new to such programs.  This workshop will give you a good overview of the program, and how it can be used to manage the literature relevant to your research as well as format your papers, including your senior honors thesis if you intend to author one!

Be ready to search on a topic relevant to your current research or a future field of graduate study.

You may bring your own laptop to this session if you prefer to set up your own machine. Download and install Mendeley before you come to the workshop by going to this site:

Feel free to contact the OUB, 216 Stimson, 607-255-5233, with questions.