REU: Interdisciplinary Evolutionary Sciences
The focus of this REU is training in evolutionary science, with students working on research projects across several disciplines. Three academic departments at the University of Iowa - Biology, Anthropology, and Earth and Environmental Sciences) will collaborate with the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History to offer research projects that span a range of topics, including evolution of behavior, origin of species, cancer evolution, evolution of sex, and paleontology. Study organisms span a large range of taxa, and include: crocodiles, insects, snails, fungi, human cancer cells, frogs, and conodonts. Students will work on one project and through interactions with their cohort will ultimately receive a broad exposure to evolutionary science. As part of the program, students will: receive training 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. Housing, a meal allowance, stipend, and a travel allowance will be provided to all participants.
For more details, please visit https://biology.uiowa.edu/reu
- be US citizens or permanent residents enrolled at US Universities
- be majoring in a STEM field (especially Biology, Anthropology, or Geoscience with a Paleontology emphasis)
- be rising juniors or rising seniors
- have a GPA of 3.0 or above.
- have a strong background in science coursework. Coursework that connects directly to topics in evolution will be favored.
- have a strong work ethic and motivation to learn
- have an interest in pursuing a career in scientific research
- identify two to three potential research mentors from the list above.
- Students from underrepresented minority groups and who have limited research opportunities at their home institution are especially encouraged to apply
Questions? Contact Andrew Forbes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Maurine Neiman (email@example.com).
Funded by the National Science Foundation - Grant #15248700