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JHU BioREU: Visualization of Macromolecules in Biological Research

Primary Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Affiliation: Department of Biology
City: Baltimore
State: MD
Job Duration: 10 Weeks
Class Requirement: Rising Sophmores through rising Seniors
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Biology/Life Science
Biophysics
Description: The JHU BioREU is a Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site, funded by the National Science Foundation.  The 10-week summer program is designed to provide an intensive, mentored research experience for undergraduates, especially those attending institutions with limited research opportunities.

The focus of our REU program is VISUALIZATION OF MACROMOLECULES IN BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH.  

Many of the projects pursued by REU participants will employ imaging and structural techniques to study important biological systems and phenomena.
Faculty mentors are drawn from the CMDB program faculty. Many of the projects pursued by REU participants will employ imaging and structural techniques to study important biological systems and phenomena.

Participants will be mentored by the Principal Investigator of the lab in which they are placed.  A postdoctoral fellow or graduate student in that lab will provide daily supervision and guidance in the research.  To provide a greater sense of community and another resource, participants will also interact with graduate student mentors from other labs.  Many of these students are drawn from the student group MInDS.

Some of the activities take us off campus.  For example, to learn first-hand of the responsibilities of scientists, students travel to Washington, D.C to meet with Senators and Congressional Representatives to describe their work and the importance of REU and similar programs.

Participants will be provided with a stipend and university housing during the program.  Funds to assist participants in traveling to and from the program are also available.

While research is the core of the program, participants also engage in activities designed to improve essential skills.  Students prepare and deliver talks and a poster describing their research projects. They present their posters in a university- wide poster session that is the capstone event of the program.

The JHU BioREU program is open to US citizens and permanent residents.  To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled at a two- or four-year college or university.  We especially encourage rising sophomores, students at community colleges or other institutions that have limited research opportunities, and "non-traditional" students (first generation college attendees, veterans, older students) to apply.  Among the items required for application are an essay, a copy of transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/01/2013
Job Website: http://www.bio.jhu.edu/BioREU/

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Jessica Kastner
3400 N. Charles Street
Dept. of Biology- Mudd 144
Baltimore, MD 21218
Email: jess.kastner@jhu.edu
Phone: 4105164704
Fax: 4105165213
Secondary Contact: Joel Schildbach
3400 N. Charles Street
Dept. of Biology- Mudd 144
Baltimore, MD 21218
Email: joel@jhu.edu
Phone: 4105164704
Fax: 4105165213