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Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology

Primary Institution: University of Alaska Southeast
Affiliation: National Science Foundation
City: Juneau
State: AK
Job Duration: 10 weeks
Class Requirement: no graduating seniors
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology
Description: The Biology Program at the University of Alaska Southeast offers summer research experience to undergraduate students interested in the physiology, ecology, and behavior of marine organisms and the coastal ecology of a temperate rainforest. Student research is supported with funds from the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program and the University of Alaska Southeast. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and enrolled as undergraduate students at accredited institutions. Graduating seniors are not eligible. The program seeks academically strong students interested in research in marine biology or coastal ecology. Minority applicants are especially encouraged.

The UAS Juneau Campus, located on Auke Bay, provides opportunities for hands-on research experience with marine invertebrates, birds, bats, marine and terrestrial mammals, and population genetics. In addition to the Juneau area, field research projects take place in the Tongass rainforest, Gulf of Alaska, and Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Students participate in an introductory workshop and overnight camping trip and they attend weekly seminars.  REU students will conduct research under the guidance of UAS Biology faculty and collaborating research scientists. Each student participant will receive a stipend of $400 per week and housing while in Juneau. Up to $250 in travel costs to Juneau and research travel and subsistence costs within Alaska will also be provided. Living arrangements during the REU program may involve sharing an apartment with male and female students. Juneau is located in southeastern Alaska and accessible only by ferry or air.

The introductory workshop will include presentations by mentors on their research, training in the conduct of science including scientific ethics, selected field methods, and field and laboratory safety. Students will work intensively with their mentors on individual projects and present their results in a seminar at the completion of the program. Opportunities also exist to present at national meetings.
Stipend: $400/wk
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/19/2008
Job Website:
Additional Information: The program begins in early June and lasts 10 wks.

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Beth Mathews
UAS, Natural Sciences
11120 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801
Secondary Contact: Sara Caldwell
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