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REU Site: Integrated Development of Bioenergy Systems

Primary Institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
City: Lincoln
State: NE
Job Duration: 10 weeks during summer
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Bioenergy
Description: The laboratories involved in our summer program cover a wide spectrum of bioenergy research topics such as the study of nonfood crops for biomass production, metabolic engineering of oilseed biosynthesis, green algae as liquid biofuel production systems, microbial carbon sequestration, biochemical pathways of lignocellulose conversion, and system engineering of microorganisms for biomass conversion. Students with a background in Biology as well as those with training in Mathematics or Computer Science who would like to gain research experience in Biology are strongly encouraged to apply.

Participating undergraduate students will have a 10-week hands-on research experience in 1 of 12 laboratories under the guidance of an experienced faculty mentor. Students will receive a stipend for the summer experience. On-campus housing, travel to and from the REU site; full access to the Campus Recreation Center, University Health Center, and campus library system; as well as other minor costs are covered expenses for participants.

Research will be coordinated with seminars, lunches, career guidance, industrial exposure, group activities, and a research symposium. Students will get training in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and the physiology of selected model systems. They will engage in a debate on how to achieve a sustainable energy supply for meeting a key national challenge. Upon completion of the REU, students will be fully prepared for future opportunities as researchers in bioenergy, including graduate education.

The program is open to all undergraduate students in biology, chemistry, engineering, or who are interested in pursuing careers in science that are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Women, underrepresented minorities, and students from colleges with limited research opportunities are encouraged to apply. Lincoln is a safe, midsized city with diverse and inexpensive entertainment, extensive bike paths, and over 100 parks. The application period will remain open, but review and selection will begin in March.
Stipend: $4,635 for 10 weeks
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 03/01/2010
Job Website: http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/program_bioenergy.shtml
Additional Information: The priority deadline for applications is February 15th.

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Laurie Voelker
1901 Vine Street
E238 Beadle Center
Lincoln, NE 68588
Email: lvoelker2@unl.edu
Phone: 402-472-1106