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REU-EXCITE (Expanding Scientific Investigation Through Entomology)

Primary Institution: Texas A&M University
Affiliation: Department of Entomology
City: College Station
State: TX
Job Duration: 10 weeks
Class Requirement: recommended course work completed: intro bio; intro chem; calculus-based math
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Minimum GPA: 3.0 on 4.0 scale
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Biological Sciences; Entomology
Description: Entomology is an integrated thread thoughout the biological, agricultural and life sciences. Insects are a vital component of virtually every ecosystem on earth. Studying insects can provide insight into the important questions of environmental variability and change currently facing human society. In conjunction with the National Science Foundation, the Department's REU site invites students from various academic backgrounds within the biological, life, and agricultural sciences to come together to discover entomology.

Research will be conducted in such areas as insect physiology, pest species population genetics, molecular processes of the pest-host pathogen relationship, disease vector species, and insect-plant interactions. Students will have access to the Department of Entomology laboratories and equipment, as well as university-wide resources such as libraries and computational facilities. In addition, they will participate as a group in numerous enrichment activities, both campus-wide and specific to the Entomology REU. Students will then exchange research ideas as they participate in seminars and lecture series, discussion groups and symposia. To enrich students' skills, workshops covering written and oral research presentation, career development and GRE exam prep sessions.

*This program is currently pending NSF renewel
Stipend: $500/week
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Travel support to professional meeting to present research
Application Deadline: 02/28/2011
Job Website: http://insects.tamu.edu/reu
Additional Information: The complete application requires submission of all of the following:
*Completed REU-EXCITE Application form
*Letter of recommendation from a faculty member at student's current institution
*Resume
*Official college transcript in sealed envelope (most recent)
*Short essay on why the student wants to participate in the REU Excite program, including what they hope to accomplish, what they believe they can contribute, and which faculty member(s) they would like to work with during the program (included in application form).
*Summer Transient (and Special Programs) Application
(application fee not required) Indicate as ENTO Major

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Rebecca Hapes
2475 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2475
Email: rhapes@tamu.edu
Phone: 979-845-9733
Fax: 979-845-6305