miRcore Volunteer Communication

Update 8/31/2022

Dear MVP students,

Welcome to 2022-23 MVP!
I am excited with this year’s exceptional 2022-23 MVP students. Thank you all for your enthusiasm.

Inviting you and your parents to Google groups in progress. It will take sometime to add all of you to the groups, so please be patient. Please accept them, if asked. I am using both Google group and registered email addresses for this email but the first all group email will be sent out September 7th. If you don’t get the email by 11 pm EDT, please let me know.

To ensure communication from me, please add my gmail address as a trusted email.

We need to determine the disease of focus. Please vote for a disease. One vote per a volunteer. Parents don’t have a vote.

Student premium membership:

If you are a returning volunteer, please consider getting miRcore premium membership.
For this year’s summer campers without premium membership (taking only one camp), you can also upgrade from basic to premium membership from the same application.
With a premium membership, you can get meeting recordings and one 50 min editing session with a professional science editor (Ph.D. in linguistics and edited hundreds of science research papers published).

We are planning an exciting program probably next semester and I hope to share it late October or early November.

Volunteer hours:
Students will receive volunteer hours from all miRcore volunteer meetings, if they fulfill 5 hour of mandatory fundraising and/or advocacy hours (determined by volunteers in 2016). Please remember to log in your volunteer hours each week.

First day of meeting:
Based on the student responses and UM GIDAS schedules, we will hold the first meeting on September 17th – all virtual.
Parents are more than welcome if you also want to participate in the research.

Meeting attendance form and link:
Each Wednesday before the meeting, I email communication with the meeting attendance form. Based on the responses, I send zoom invites for either Saturday or Sunday meetings at Friday midnight. I’ll appreciate your prompt response even if your schedule changes at the last minute (just let me know).  

Look forward to seeing all of you soon.

Inhan Lee, Ph.D.

Have Questions?

Visit the FAQ page to see commonly asked questions and their answers!




Featured Speaker Talks

Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH talks to miRcore students about the role of genomics in modern medicine.

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.Director, National Institute of Health speaks to miRcore students about COVID-19, health disparities, and precision medicine.

Jonathan Pevsner, Ph.D, Chief of Genomics Research Branch, NIMH, NIH speaks to miRcore students on the topic of Genes and Mental Health.

miRcore Volunteer Recommendations

How to Use Zoom, MVP GDrive, and Skribbl.io

How to use Zoom

Zoom is a free platform that offers video conferencing, screen sharing, and chatroom functionalities. You can seamlessly set up online meetings, send out invitations for people to join, and add meetings to your Microsoft Outlook/Google Calendar using Zoom. All miRcore volunteers are expected to have Zoom installed for use in group research meetings and committee meetings.

You can download the Zoom Desktop application (the “Zoom Client”) for Mac or PC here: here.

Instructions for setting up and using Zoom are available here.

The Zoom application is also available for mobile devices: Zoom at the App Store and Zoom on Google Play

How to Navigate the miRcore Volunteer Program’s Google Drive Folders

At the beginning of each volunteering season, miRcore volunteers receive access to several Google Drive folders containing resources for research, fundraising, and other miRcore activities. Depending on the folder, volunteers will have “View only” or “Editing” permission in each Drive folder.

Please see this presentation (courtesy of Rhea Cong, miRcore Volunteer Program Vice President, 2019-20) for details on how to navigate the Drive system and set up research folders for your research group: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1kPN7IqIh8NPYgdk8NSMoP75IeOhktjDonkzng510m-E/edit?usp=sharing

Google Drive Hierarchy (Folders and Subfolders)

• 2019-20 MVP Resources
• Useful files
• RNA division
• Practice Data
• Meeting Slides
• 2019-20 MVP Research
• MVP online
• MVP general
• Fundraisers
• miRcore Officers 2019-2020 (this folder is accessible only to miRcore Officers)

Skribbl.io Instructions

How to Join:

• Have one member go to skribbl.io
• Have that member click ‘Create Private Room’
• Change the settings to 8 rounds and 40 seconds per turn
• That group member will send the link (at the bottom) to the other people to join
Once everybody has clicked the link and is in the room, press start!

The goal of the game is to try to guess what other people are drawing. When it’s your turn to draw, try to make your drawing convey the word you are given so that other people will be able to guess. The person with the most points wins.

Today’s game should start and wrap up in about 10 mins.

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