NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the Evolution of Biodiversity across the Tree of Life

We are looking for 8 undergraduate students to participate in hands-on research in biodiversity science and receive training in cutting-edge techniques and analysis in evolutionary biology for 10 weeks during the summer of 2017.

Applications close February 10, 2017.

Students will learn research techniques that include DNA sequencing and computational analysis of genetic and genomic data, morphological measurements and phylogenetic analysis, and microbiology and next-generation microbial sequencing.  Scientific projects to be conducted by the students in 2017 include:

Forest Canopy Response to the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) Greenhouse Event
Evolution of Mitochondrial DNA in Ferns
Diversity in Mediterranean habitats – insights from lichenized fungi
Habitat-driven Morphological Syndromes in New Zealand Water Beetles
Systematics and Taxonomy of Cichlids in the Genus Thorichthys
Does diet influence the evolution of body size in ants?
Morphometric analysis of the elaborate soldier head in turtle ants
A Small World: Uncovering Hidden Diversity in Early Land Plants

In addition students will receive career mentoring in a diversity of STEM fields, gain experiences in public outreach and science communication, receive training in ethics/responsible conduct of research, and participate in a diversity workshop to help overcome bias in science.

https://www.fieldmuseum.org/REU <https://www.fieldmuseum.org/REU>
https://www.fieldmuseum.org/2017-reu-program-offerings <https://www.fieldmuseum.org/2017-reu-program-offerings>

Students will be provided a stipend, dormitory housing, and assistance with travel costs.

Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and an undergraduate during the entire period.  We especially encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in science to apply.

To apply, please send complete the online application:
https://www.fieldmuseum.org/2017-reu-program-offerings <https://www.fieldmuseum.org/2017-reu-program-offerings>

Applications close February 10, 2017.

Please direct any questions to Emily Hallock ([email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>).

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Thank you,
Corrie Moreau