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Microbiology REU

Primary Institution: UNLV and the Desert Research Institute
Affiliation: School of Life Sciences
City: Las Vegas
State: NV
Job Duration: 10 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Biology/Life Science
Computational science
Geology/Ocean science
Environmental Microbiology
Description: REU students will be exposed to the numerous mechanisms that microorganisms exploit to contribute to the biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere.  Potential research projects include the investigation of microorganisms from habitats as diverse as, hot springs, the deep terrestrial subsurface, hypersaline lakes, arid soils, and ephemeral water resources.  Alternatively, students may choose to explore either the mechanisms of magnetotaxis, microbial adaptation to stressful and nonhost environments, or the dynamics between primary producers and consumers.
Stipend: $5,000
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 03/09/2012
Job Website:
Additional Information: Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in either a two- or four-year college with an undergraduate major in the biological sciences or related field. Preference will be given to students that have completed a microbiology course with a laboratory (4 credits), two semesters of inorganic chemistry with lab (8 credits), English composition (3 credits) and a minimum of college algebra or biostatistics (3 credits).

Students graduating in May/June 2012 are not eligible.

A complete application includes a one page career essay, transcripts, and one letter of recommendation from faculty with full-time appointments in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The career or professional statement is a very important part of the application.  We recommend consulting the Eduers website for tips on preparing an outstanding statement. It is also a good idea to ask the professors that are going to provide letters of recommendation to review your statement.

Please look over the recent publications of the individuals selected as mentors.  Students may use Google Scholar to find these publications.  Be sure to mention in your statement that you reviewed these publications.  The selection committee knows that applicants may not understand everything in a mentor's publications, but will be impressed by the additional effort.  

Applicants may also submit examples of class projects, prior lab and research experience. (These materials are not required.)

REU students must have proof of medical insurance.  Students without medical insurance must purchase a temporary policy from a company licensed in Nevada.

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Kurt Regner, Ph.D.
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4004
Phone: 702-895-3390
Fax: 702-895-3956
Secondary Contact: Eduardo Robleto, Ph.D.
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4004
Phone: 702-895-3390
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