Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

Summer 2021 Opportunities

University of Cinncinatti - Sumer REU in Sensory Ecology

The University of Cinncinatti is hosting a summer research experience for undergraduates in Sensory Ecology from June-August 2021. Faculty mentored research projects in areas including: Behavior, Neuroscience, Genomics, Development, and Evolution of Sensory System. Professional development workships and training in science communication is included alongside group social activities. For more information, visit https://www.artsci.uc.edu/bio-reu.

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Arizona State University -- Summer REU in Mammalian Genomics

We are seeking 2-4 undergraduate students to virtually join our lab
for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) positions in the
summer of 2021 (June 14-August 20, 2021). The positions are supported
through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and participants will
receive a $4000 stipend, and will be expected to participate part-time
(20hr/week). Because the position is virtual, there is no limit on the
geographical location of the student, however, due to our funding source,
we are limited to individuals who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals,
or permanent residents of the United States and students who have not
yet graduated from their undergraduate institution.

REU students will collaborate with our lab members to complete research
projects in computational genetics. Potential projects center around using
genomics as a tool to understand mammalian health and evolutionกVour
lab primarily studies dogs and monkeys. The only expectation we have
for the incoming student-researchers is to have some familiarity with
genetics (e.g. an undergraduate genetics course). Students will receive
mentoring as they learn the computational biological skills (including
coding with command line and R) to analyze molecular data from non-human
primates or dogs, as well as the communication and data visualization
skills to present their findings to colleagues. More details about
on-going projects in the Snyder-Mackler (SMack) lab can be found on our
websiteกฆs research <https://smack-lab.com/research/> and publications
<https://smack-lab.com/publications/> pages.

The SMack lab is committed to maintaining and further developing an
equitable and inclusive research environment and we welcome students from
all backgrounds to apply. We are seeking passionate, enthusiastic
undergraduates to join us for this opportunity กV no prior research
experience required!

If interested, please submit this application
<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yiNElAUYmx_nytQnjnt6H-8mMlOr5xoxzV7Hvg3iO8Q>
by
February 28, 2021. Feel free to email the principal investigator
(PI)/faculty member at the head of this recruitment, Dr. Noah
Snyder-Mackler (nsnyderm@asu.edu) with any questions.

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Noah Snyder-Mackler
Assistant Professor
School of Life Sciences
Center for Evolution and Medicine
Arizona State University
214 Life Sciences C
http://smack-lab.com/
480-965-0693
Co-director, Simien Mountains Gelada Research Project
https://geladaresearch.org/

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California Department of Food & Agriculture -- Summer Research Experience

SUMMER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES ON SEXUAL SELECTION IN INSECTS: This REU is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides a 10-week paid research opportunity for students to engage in evolutionary ecology research with insects in California.

WHEN: 11 June 2021 to 20 August 2021

RESEARCH TOPIC: Reproductive trade-offs between costly sexually selected weapons and other expensive tissues in three species of Coreoidea (Insecta: Hemiptera) In many species, males engage in competitive behaviors with weapons for access to high-quality territories and mates. However, weapons may be costly to develop and maintain and likely compete with other traits for limited resources. Furthermore, when females mate with multiple males, investing resources in weapons may not significantly increase reproductive success. In such cases, males may invest more resources in reproductive tissues, such as testes size, to compete with sperm from other males in the female reproductive tract. Leaf-footed bugs (Hemiptera: Coreoidea) have become a model in studying trade-offs between weapons and testes. Males in several species use their hind legs as weapons, which they can naturally self-amputate (autotomy) when they are injured or to escape predators or a bad molt. If a male were to lose a weapon, would he be able to reallocate resources towards increased testes growth?  Would the loss of a hind leg also trade-off with other expensive tiss  ues, like flight muscles? What happens in species that have hind legs that are not used as weapons? This study seeks to answer these questions in three species of leaf-footed bugs, which is part of a larger comparative study analyzing trade-offs between weapons and testes across the family.

QUALIFICATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES. We are seeking three undergraduate students that are committed, reliable, independent, and team-oriented with a positive attitude and great work ethic to conduct this study. Some previous research experience and coursework in biology are preferred, but no formal experience with insects or insect science is required. Only US citizens and permanent residents enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and that will not graduate prior to the completion of the REU will be considered. Students must: 1) be comfortable handling live and dead insects, 2) be able to conduct fieldwork in very hot and dry conditions, 3) be extremely detail-oriented, 4) take initiative in learning the study organism and research project, 5) understand what needs to be done and complete tasks with maximal effort, 6) be able to perform frequent computer-based work and fieldwork, 7) exhibit exceptional note-taking and organizational skills, and 8) be independent once train  ed. Students will be trained in fieldwork, insect husbandry, rearing, autotomy, imaging, dissections, and measurements. Students will also be required to dedicate part of their weekly research hours to one-hour lab meetings per week, attend weekly virtual science seminars at affiliated institutions, and present a summary of project findings or primary scientific literature towards the end of the REU.

RESEARCH TEAM. Drs. Michael Forthman and Christine W. Miller are committed to excellence in the mentoring of undergraduate researchers. We have collectively mentored over 150 undergraduates in the past twelve years. Undergraduate students have authored peer-reviewed publications, presented at local and national meetings, and won local and national awards. The successful applicants will work with the research team throughout the REU. Please visit www.millerlab.net and mforthman.weebly.com for more information on the research team.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 15, 2021. Interested applicants should submit a CV or resume, unofficial transcripts, contact information for two references, and a 500-word (or less) statement of interest to Dr. Michael Forthman (michael.forthman@cdfa.ca.gov). It is advised that these documents are submitted as a single PDF.

COVID-19 AND TRAVEL DISCLAIMER. Due to the continued threat of COVID-19 and evolving safety guidance, this REU required a change in project location and budget. As a result of this, airfare for students to travel to/from California from outside the state will not be covered under REU grant funds. However, a competitive stipend is available per student, and local, project-related travel within California will be covered by the REU grant funds. Furthermore, local, state, and federal COVID-19 guidance will be followed, and successful applicants traveling from outside California may be required or asked to quarantine in California approximately 10 to 14 days (subject to change based on future safety guidance) prior to the start of the REU project.

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Michael Forthman, Ph.D.

Associate Insect Biosystematist

Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch

California Department of Food & Agriculture

3294 Meadowview Road

Sacramento, California

916.738.6672

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Arizona State University Summer Research in Mammalian Genomics

We are seeking 2-4 undergraduate students to virtually join our lab for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) positions in the summer of 2021 (June 14-August 20, 2021). The positions are supported through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and participants will receive a $4000 stipend, and will be expected to participate part-time (20hr/week). Because the position is virtual, there is no limit on the geographical location of the student, however, due to our funding source, we are limited to individuals who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States and students who have not yet graduated from their undergraduate institution.

REU students will collaborate with our lab members to complete research projects in computational genetics. Potential projects center around using genomics as a tool to understand mammalian health and evolution¡Vour lab primarily studies dogs and monkeys. The only expectation we have for the incoming student-researchers is to have some familiarity with genetics (e.g. an undergraduate genetics course). Students will receive mentoring as they learn the computational biological skills (including coding with command line and R) to analyze molecular data from non-human primates or dogs, as well as the communication and data visualization skills to present their findings to colleagues. More details about on-going projects in the Snyder-Mackler (SMack) lab can be found on our website¡¦s research <https://smack-lab.com/research/> and publications <https://smack-lab.com/publications/> pages.

The SMack lab is committed to maintaining and further developing an equitable and inclusive research environment and we welcome students from all backgrounds to apply. We are seeking passionate, enthusiastic undergraduates to join us for this opportunity ¡V no prior research experience required!

If interested, please submit this application <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yiNElAUYmx_nytQnjnt6H-8mMlOr5xoxzV7Hvg3iO8Q>

by February 28, 2021. Feel free to email the principal investigator (PI)/faculty member at the head of this recruitment, Dr. Noah Snyder-Mackler (nsnyderm@asu.edu) with any questions.

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University of Cincinnati - Summer Research in Sensory Ecology

Summer research opportunity for undergraduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati - the National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Sensory Ecology. Our program is focused on research at the intersection of neurobiology, behavior, ecology and evolution, and is directed at understanding how animals sense and respond to their environment at functional and evolutionary levels. Sophomore and junior Biology major students will be chosen to join active lab groups for the summer and conduct cutting edge research over a broad spectrum of topics in sensory ecology, including:

  *   Genomics and development of sensory systems

  *   Neural mechanisms of sensory system function

  *   Sensory perception and behavioral influences of the physical

      environment

  *   Neuroethology

  *   Animal communication

  *   Behavioral ecology of animal movement and dispersal

An educational program will develop student research and professional skills and prepare them for graduate school or careers.

  *   ~10 weeks in summer (June 1 - Aug 6, 2021)

  *   Students will receive a summer stipend plus dorm and meal expenses

  *   Students will work in labs, interact w/ faculty mentors, post-docs

      and grad students

  *   Weekly group seminars and meetings for students (e.g., career

      development, responsible research conduct, science

      communication training)

  *   Social events for students (e.g., trips to Cincinnati Zoo,

      Reds baseball)

  *   Concluding student research "mini-symposium" presentation session

Student applicants will be selected based on multiple criteria. Applications for the REU program will be screened by a committee to select individuals whose interests are well-matched with faculty in the program. Emphasis will be placed on faculty recommendations and student statements, along with academic performance and other indicators of future research success. Note: Implementation of the REU program is contingent on National Science Foundation funding.

 

The application review will begin March 12, 2021, and will close March 24. Students can apply online at:

https://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/biology/special-programs/reu.html

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University of North Florida Summer Research Opportunity

OVERVIEW

Beginning in 2013, the University of North Florida became one of the newest host sites for the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program.  The UNF REU Program offers paid research training experiences in Coastal Biology to 10 undergraduate students during a 10-week period from late May-late July.  REU participants are paired with Coastal Biologists at UNF and the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor’s expertise.  Prior to this, students will complete a 1-week orientation on performing research in Coastal Biology to prepare them for their directed research projects.  Students will also gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their project at a departmental-wide research poster mini-symposium.  Participants will attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science.  Students may also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for participation in the 2021 UNF REU program, students must be:

U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions

Enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate degree.

Available for the full duration of the program, from May 24th to July 30th (some exceptions possible)

Freshman- and Sophomore-level science students and students from minority groups underrepresented in science (African Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, and Alaskan Natives) are especially encouraged to apply!

TRAVEL, STIPENDS, AND HOUSING

Students participating in the REU program will receive:

Stipend of $5,500 over the 10-week period

Free housing in a UNF dormitory and meals

Support for transportation between UNF and their home institution

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Students interested in applying to the 2020 UNF REU program can acquire information on the application procedure from the program website.  The deadline for applications is March 19, 2021.

See: http://www.unf.edu/coas/biology/coastal_biology/REU-Apply.aspx

ABOUT UNF

UNF is a 40-year old, comprehensive public university situated on ~1,300 acres of scenic timberland located 7 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and 12 miles southeast of the urban setting of downtown Jacksonville, FL.  Because of its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, the St. Johns River, and the GTMNERR, UNF is uniquely suited to serve as a base for contemporary research in Coastal Biology.  For additional information about UNF, visit www.unf.edu

Visit us at: http://www.unf.edu/coas/biology/coastal_biology/REU.aspx

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University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) Summer Field Program

Since 1947, the Summer Field Program has provided undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain hands-on field and laboratory experience from coastal-science courses focused on experiential learning.  Our courses are geared toward students in the natural/biological/marine/coastal sciences, but are open to students in any major.  
 
All Field Program courses are offered through the USM Division of Coastal Sciences and are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  
 
The current brochure featuring our summer 2021 course offerings can be found here: https://gcrl.usm.edu/summer_field/docs/2021%20SFP%20Brochure.web.pdf


Applications are currently being accepted for summer 2021.

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University of Iowa Summer 2021 Research Experience

The University of Iowa is offering ten NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) positions during the summer of 2021. Research projects span a range of topics, including evolution of behavior, origin of species, cancer evolution, evolution of sex, Evo-Devo, and paleontology. REU students will work on a specific project with one faculty mentor, but through interactions with their cohort they receive a broad exposure to evolutionary science. As part of the program, students: are trained in research best practices, participate in career workshops, create a digital exhibit based on their research for the University of Iowa Natural History Museum, and make formal research presentations based on their work. Free housing, a meal allowance, a $6000 stipend, and a travel allowance will be provided to all participants. 

The REU program website and application form can be found here: https://biology.uiowa.edu/reu. Note that while it is subject to change depending on status of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently planning for the REU to be an in-person experience.

If you have questions, please direct them to Andrew Forbes (andrew-forbes@uiowa.edu) or Maurine Neiman (maurine-neiman@uiowa.edu).

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Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS)

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (MU JCESOM) Graduate Program is offering the Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) for its 12th year!

The SRIMS program includes nine weeks of graduate-level research in the field of biomedical sciences. Participants receive formal research training while expanding their learning experience through workshops, seminars on current topics, mentoring and professional networking.

The vision behind Marshall’s commitment to this program is twofold:

  1. To establish a pipeline of diverse, underrepresented students into health-related research.
  2. To enrich the current research through an added diversity of ideas, perspectives, and cultures.

Each year, applications from undergraduate and underrepresented minority-in-science students who have not graduated by August of the program year are considered. We are unable to accommodate international students. 

A stipend of $3,000 will be provided to each participant for the nine-week experience. Participants will receive free room and board, and travel to and from the program. Please be aware that students are required to provide their own health insurance coverage during the summer program.

Eligibility 

Applications will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Identification within an underrepresented ethnic minority group in the biomedical sciences (e.g., Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander.)
  • US Citizenship or Permanent Residency (valid green card) required due to funding sources. International students are not eligible for this program.
  • Career goals and stated interest in research, including why you would like to participate in the program--move
  • Academic record, particularly in science–related courses
  • Laboratory experience
  • Preference is given to those with an interest in attending Marshall University for their graduate education.

As a condition of acceptance into the program, program participants will be asked after their departure to update information on their educational and career activities. This tracking is done solely to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. It is critical that we be able to conduct this long-term evaluation in order to maintain continuing funding for the programs. The information collected remains strictly confidential. 

For more information: Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) (marshall.edu)

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The Diversity Summer Health-related Research Education Program (DSHREP) at the Medical College of Wisconsin

The DSHREP is a competitive program designed to provide research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in biomedical science.

Individuals from underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups, disadvantaged backgrounds, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

During this ten-week program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Be an active member of a research team
  • Explore career opportunities in research and health professions
  • Benefit from a stimulating environment of education and mentoring
  • Attend weekly lecture seminars on cutting edge topics
  • Understand educational pathways
  • Participate in professional development enrichment sessions

For more information, go to: MCW DSHREP Application (qualtrics.com)

Application deadline is Feb 1, 2021

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Summer research experience using DNA methods to study biodiversity in the Hawaiian Islands

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is offering an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) during the summer of 2021 focused on the use of DNA methods to study Hawaiian biodiversity. Participants will take advantage of high-throughput DNA sequencing, phylogenetic, population genetic, and genomic methods to study the evolutionary and biogeographic origins of Hawaiʻi’s native, endemic and invasive organisms. REU participants will be mentored by a diverse faculty from the School of Life Sciences, the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, and the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences.

Applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM fields, including Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and students currently enrolled in community colleges are encouraged to apply. Previous research experience is not required. The 10-week REU summer program provides participants with stipends and covers the costs of accommodations, food, and travel to the REU site. This unique experience allows participants to gain hands-on research experience, providing an excellent stepping stone for future graduate studies in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology.

The REU program website and application form can be found here:

https://biodiversity-reu.manoa.hawaii.edu. Although the program is subject to change depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently planning for the REU to be an in-person experience in summer 2021.

If you have questions, please direct them to Drs. Stephanie Kraft-Terry and Peter Marko at uhmreu@hawaii.edu.

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Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Purdue University

The Department of Biochemistry at Purdue University is now accepting applications for our summer 2021 NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. We are particularly interested in students who are planning a career in research but have limited undergraduate research opportunities at their home institution. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Please consider forwarding this message to students who might be interested in this program or including the information below in a student newsletter. You can download a PDF flyer about the program at https://ag.purdue.edu/biochem/Documents/PDF's/REU_Flyer.pdf.

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