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Student Membership Policies and Benefits

Introduction
This document outlines miRcore student membership policies and benefits. miRcore reserves the right to update and/or amend the contents of this document at any time. Members may lose their benefits if they are found to misuse the membership. If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Jeehan Lee at JH1440@mircore.org.

About miRcore
miRcore is a 501(c)(3) research organization with a vision of democratizing medical research so that anyone can initiate medical research that matters to them. We value science, compassion, and collaboration. We will keep working to bring about personalized medicine as common practice.

Outreach program
Our educational outreach program includes summer camps for middle and high school students, school club GIDAS (pronounce: Guide-Us; Genes In Diseases And Symptoms), a high school volunteer group, one-day or half-day camps and workshops, a Genes and Health contest, and a high school GIDAS research conference. All focus primarily on applying computational biology to disease research. In addition, we offer a “lab-on-wheels” program to local high school classrooms to expose as many students as possible to new demanding jobs.

Microgrant program
Innovative research is hard to realize through federal funding because it lacks a proof of concept. We want to promote innovation by supporting the testing of very early ideas to help achieve initial proof of concept, providing a basis for larger funding. Each year, student members vote for a disease of focus. We provide microgrants to innovative research on the year’s disease of focus. The winners will be voted on by 1) members and 2) donors.

Membership Benefits (Due: $120)
Voting right for the disease of focus: 1 vote
Academic writing editing session: 50 min session with a scientific paper editing professional (Ph.D., Linguistics)
Access to member-only contents: Recordings of teaching during the school year
Research conference discount: $20
Summer camp discount: $80 less for one week, $40 less for another week

Payment Information
Membership dues must be paid in advance and in full and are non-refundable. miRcore accepts payment by checks in U.S. funds drawn on U.S. financial institutions (made payable to “MIRCORE”) or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express) or through PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DWPVXF9T5EL6G). Send payment to miRcore, 2929 Plymouth Rd. Suite 207, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Contact JH1440@mircore.org for details.

Membership Term
The term is a twelve-month period beginning immediately after the receipt of payment. Specific membership term will be informed to members by email. All member benefits expire with the end of the membership.

Thank you for your interest in miRcore student membership, which helps sustain and expand our educational programs.
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