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NSF Collaborative Research and Education in Agricultural Technologies and Engineering (CREATE) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Primary Institution: University of California, Davis
City: Davis
State: CA
Job Duration: June 21-Aug 20, 2010
Class Requirement: Undergrad in STEM discipline with completion of biology+lab and chemistry+lab and calculus and English composition courses.
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Other Engineering
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Description: NSF CREATE-REU is a summer residential undergraduate research experience program focused on transgenic plants and in-vitro plant systems. CREATE stands for Collaborative Research and Education in Agricultural Technologies and Engineering and UC Davis is also home to the NSF CREATE-IGERT doctoral training program, which will provide an extended research family and pool of mentors for REU participants.

NSF CREATE-REU is designed to prepare aspiring engineers and scientists for careers or graduate studies in fields related to plant biotechnology. We will expose students to the technical and cultural aspects of team-based interdisciplinary research at the university, while developing professional skills needed for success in graduate school and the workplace.

Students will work closely with graduate students, professional research scientists and faculty with expertise in the following focus areas:

    * Plant-Made Products
    * Biofuels and Biorefineries
    * Environmental Sustainability

Research projects within these three broad focus areas will address current global challenges in health care, renewable energy and agriculture. Major issues that will be addressed during the CREATE-REU nine week program include: 1) the lack of rapid production technologies for vaccine manufacturing and the rising cost of health care; 2) limiting global dependence on fossil fuels through new technologies in biomass conversion and green chemistry, 3) the need to preserve and sustain our natural resources, while remediating contaminated soil and ground water. Emphasis will be placed on student understanding of the ethical, societal and policy issues related to implementing plant-based, agricultural technologies.

Trainees selected to participate in the CREATE-REU and will reside on campus for nine weeks (late June through mid-August). Participant housing and meals will be provided, along with a weekly stipend of $450. Additional funds to offset travel costs may be available upon request.
Stipend: $450/week
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/15/2010
Job Website: http://create-reu.ucdavis.edu

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung
301 Life Sciences
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Email: dsjamison@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-5090
Fax: 530-752-4125