Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Interdisciplinary Evolutionary Sciences

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October 24, 2018

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 - BiologyAnthropology, 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 evolutionevolution 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 practicesparticipate in career workshopscreate 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.


Participants should:

  • 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

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