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REU Site: Microbiology in the Post Genome Era

Primary Institution: Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI)
Affiliation: Virginia Tech
City: Blacksburg
State: VA
Job Duration: June 3 - August 9, 2013
Class Requirement: Undergraduate College Student
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Microbiology, Biochemistry, and related fields
Description: A 10-week summer research training program for undergraduates that focuses on a wide range of microbiological phenomena. The program integrates the application of state-of-the-art genome-based technologies for fundamental and applied research projects in microbiology.

Fundamental:  origin of life, environmental limits of life, roles in biosphere, basic cellular processes, cell-cell communication and multi-cellular structures, quorum sensing, development of epidemics, mechanisms of pathogenicity, host-pathogen interaction, ecology, and geomicrobiology. Applied: production of biofuels and chemicals, bioremediation, development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics, and detection and prevention of microbial contamination in the food supply.

Who should attend: Current undergraduates interested in microbiology who are US Citizens & Permanent Residents.  Underrepresented minorities and students from smaller institutions are encouraged to apply.  Undergraduate students should be interested in pursing graduate degrees in the future.

The program provides a $5000 fellowship, travel to and from the site, and room and board ($10,000 monetary value).

The program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (award number, 1156954)
Stipend: $5000 (Fellowship- NOT Stipend)
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/15/2013
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Maureen Lawrence-Kuether
Washington Street (0477)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-3669
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