Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Understanding and Designing Flanking Homology DNA Assembly Experiments (WEBINAR)

If you are anything close to what I was about a year ago in the field of genome assembly - (an 'olodo' meaning I didn't know anything), then this webinar may be good for you. Of course, this is only for people whose research have anything to do with assemblies and bioinformatics. See an invite from Nick Oswald below:

Hi Bitesizers,
You're invited to join us for a webinar this Wednesday on DNA assembly methods—including design and helpful software tools.
who: Dr. Nathan Hillson, Director of Synthetic Biology Informatics at the Joint BioEnergy Institute
when: Wednesday, Nov 15 4PM London, 11AM Boston, 8AM San Diego
Here's what will be discussed
* How flanking homology DNA assembly methods work
* How to use web-based software to design experimental methods for flanking homology DNA assembly methods
* How synthetic DNA fragments fit in to the DNA assembly process
Which of your colleagues, or social media buddies, would benefit from attending these webinars? Help them out by forwarding them this email or sharing it via TwitterLinkedIn or Facebook.
Best wishes,
Nick Oswald PhD

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

INSEAD Fully-Funded PhD in Management Program

INSEAD is offering fully-funded fellowships for international students. INSEAD scholarships are available for the first five years of Ph.D. study and renewed annually dependent upon satisfactory progress in the programme.
The Ph.D. in Management program at INSEAD is the only two continent program providing huge diversity and yet intimacy. The program offers close relationships with industry experts, a stimulating interdisciplinary environment, full financial support and an outstanding career potential.

INSEAD Ph.D. Fellowship - Tuition Fee
The tuition fee is fully covered for the first 5 years of the programme - coursework fees for the first 2 years of the programme, and dissertation fees for the last 3 years. 

INSEAD Ph.D. Fellowship - Stipend
For AY 2018, annual stipend covers 35,200 € for Singapore-based students and 32,000 € for Fontainebleau-based students, which includes accommodation and living expenses. Research and conference budget support is provided in addition to the annual stipend, averaging SGD 4,080 or approx. 2,500 € annually for Singapore students, and 2,000 € for Fontainebleau students, along with a comprehensive health insurance coverage that covers student, spouse, and children.

INSEAD Ph.D. FELLOWSHIP - Health Insurance Coverage
Students are also covered with an international comprehensive health insurance coverage. This covers not only the students but also spouse and children. 
Once admitted to INSEAD, you will be automatically offered the full Fellowship, and need not worry about associated costs of postgraduate studies. This is offered annually (for full 12 months) and renewed every year contingent upon satisfactory progress in the programme. This is given to all Ph.D. candidates, regardless of background, nationality or need. 

Application Deadline: December 15th, 2017
Start Date: September 2018

For more information on Ph.D. Program and how to apply please see Fellowship link

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Nigeria

yay!!! Nigeria is 57!! 

I remember being at a workshop in the United States sometime last year and all the participants had to introduce themselves, where they are from, what schools/organization they are affiliated to, and the research interest. When it reached my turn, I did introduce myself and I remember clearly the odd stares I got when I mentioned that I was Nigerian. Note that even though I was the only black person in this group, there were many international participants who chose not mention their home countries but rather claimed their host countries. A few days after, I got talking to a lady and while chatting about my research, we started talking about Canada and I began to share with her how much I love being in Canada. I was surprised when she suggested that I shouldn't have mentioned Nigeria while introducing myself a few days before. It was subtle but I understood it - the image of me, the perception of me was a tiny bit colored by the current realities of my country. However, despite the deep-seated issues that we have as a nation, I know that we are good people, who are sincere, smart, intelligent, loving, patriotic and passionate. I know this because I have met them and I have met me.

I believe in Nigeria,
I believe in our unity,
I believe we are stronger together,
I believe we NEED one another -North, South, East, West
Talk if we must but we must not Quit
I am that Delta-Igbo chic ( sometimes I wonder why I need that 'Delta' qualifier -topic for another day)
I am that Yoruba wife,
I am a proud Nigerian girl and I wear that like a peacock

Enjoy one of my favorites, It's an oldie but a goodie - The future by TY Bello.
Happy birthday to my Country Nigeria.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa at the University of Oxford

The Rhodes scholarship is administered by the Rhodes Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom and is a postgraduate award that seeks to support exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Scholars may pursue any full-time postgraduate degree offered by the University of Oxford for a duration of two years with an option for a third year.
a.    Full tuition, a maintenance stipend (covering accommodation, feeding, and incidentals) and one economy class airfare to and from Oxford at the beginning and end of tenure.
b.    Comprehensive Rhodes Character, Service & Leadership program (retreats, workshops, conferences) which is designed to equip them on how to solve critical problems in any community they find themselves, as well as many discussions and social events at Rhodes House, Oxford.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
a.   Be between the ages of 19-25 
b.   Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe and Togo.
c.  Have been resident in one or more of the countries listed above for at least five of the last ten years.
d.  Have completed an undergraduate degree from a college or university (normally a Bachelor’s degree) with the highest classification your University awards, e.g. First Class or Upper          Second Class Honours
e.   Have a sufficiently high standard of English to meet the English language proficiency requirements of the University of Oxford.
f.    Energy to use one’s talent to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sport, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits) particularly where teamwork is involved.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Highlight of my Summer

It has been such a long time since I wrote for the blog as I have been crazy busy getting used to being a mother the second time. Oh yes, you read right - I'm a mom for the second time. I welcomed my son this summer. On one hand, it's the most exciting and gratifying experience ever - I mean what says schooling mum better than popping one in the middle of your Ph.D. But on the other hand, what says crazy better than that.  I look at my son and all the 'crazy' decision to have him now is well worth it. I am just so grateful and still in awe of the wonder I have been gifted by God with this new life. 

No doubt many things including posting on the blog have suffered during this time as a hundred and one percent attention had to be given to the little man. I plan to share some of my pregnancy experience with you soon. While we are still trying to get our website up and running, I shall be posting on the blog more often and I will make an effort not to be MIA for this long again. There's a lot of school work to be done as well and I will make an effort to let you know how I plan to (hopefully) 'balance' this life. 

Meanwhile,  if you can, dare to live and enjoy life as much as practicable while you are in grad school because, in the end, it's only a means to an end and not the end itself.
Have a beautiful day.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

USA Opportunity Funds Program

The United States Embassy, Nigeria is calling for applications from academically qualified, highly motivated, low-income students for the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP).

OFP’s mission is to assist talented and determined, low-income students who are good candidates for financial assistance from U.S. colleges and universities but lack the financial resources to cover the up-front cost of obtaining admission.
OFP works closely with students through regularly scheduled meetings and seminars to assist them throughout the application process to secure admission and scholarships to attend colleges and universities in the United States. OFP finances the cost of the application process, including registration fees for required standardized examinations and provides free membership to the U.S. EducationUSA Advising Center for its participants. 
Participants will work with EducationUSA Advisors from June 2017 – August 2018 to try to secure places and financial assistance to begin study in the U.S. in August 2018.


OFP is accepting applications from prospective undergraduates and graduate students.
Send an email to or requesting an electronic undergraduate or graduate application form.


The selection of finalists for OFP is based on; 
  • Strong academic record/ transcript
  • Robust participation in extracurricular activities
  • Involvement in leadership roles
  • Excellent community service participation
  • Financial Need 


  • Academic Results:
    Undergraduate Applicants– Attach a copy of your WAEC “O” Level results (from WAEC website).  Include Cambridge A’Level or IGSCE results if applicable or available.
    Graduate Applicants– Attach a copy of your Final year results and degree results (if available) First Class only (STEM majors preferred).
  • Letters of recommendation:
    Undergraduate ApplicantsRequest a teacher or your school principal to complete a letter of recommendation form, attesting to your character, talent, and skills.  Please do not include a basic testimonial that does not talk about you as an individual.
    Graduate Applicants: Provide the details of a lecturer, professor, or Head of Department (HOD) that we can contact to find out more about you.
  • Transcript:
    Undergraduate Applicants: Send a scanned copy of your transcript from JS1 to SS3 including your mock and first term results, if possible.
    Graduate Applicants– Send a scanned copy of your transcripts that show a GPA of 4.5 or above on a 5.0 scale. 
  • Essays:
    Write two essays, one from Group A and one from Group B, each of about 250– 300 words. The essay topics will be on the application form you receive. (Essay topics will be found on the form)
Send a scanned copy of any relevant supplementary certificates of achievement
For more information, please see HERE

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Shade of Women Foundation

Unfortunately, the incidence of domestic violence and abuse against women appears to be on the increase in Nigeria. Perhaps it isn't really on the increase but the access to social media has increased the awareness. People find it much easier to report abuse online especially through anonymous platforms because of the stigma still attached to victims of abuse and consequent separation or divorce. However, there are still many more unreported cases especially when women are not financially empowered to get a separation from an abusive partner.

The Shade of Women foundation offers help and a temporary safe haven for women in this types of situation. They offer emergency shelter, counselling and legal services pro bono. The main goal of the organization is to reduce the extent and impact of domestic violence in Nigeria where domestic violence is reinforced by economic hardship, alcohol abuse, other antisocial behavior, and social and cultural inequality. 

For more information, please contact the trustees on 

Please seek help. Silence is NOT always golden!

Understanding and Designing Flanking Homology DNA Assembly Experiments (WEBINAR)

If you are anything close to what I was about a year ago in the field of genome assembly - (an 'olodo' meaning I didn't know ...