How to find a Summer Research Experience Dr. Valone Department of Biology Saint Louis University Summer Research Opportunities National Science Foundation Program Research Experiences for Undergraduates Summer REU Programs http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp All fields of Biology (Molecular Biosciences, Biochemistry, Ecology, Evolution, Microbiology, etc.) Universities (& Medical Schools) in the U.S. but some are located in foreign countries. 146 REU opportunities are currently listed on the NSF site NSF Summer REU Programs Involves student research guided by a mentor: - 10 week program - $5,000 stipend - Free housing, food stipend - Some travel money - May go to a scientific conference - Often present your results at a research day NSF REU website Chicago Botanic Garden REU Site: Plant Biology & Conservation Research Experiences for Undergraduates From Genes to Ecosystems Plant Science and Conservation Glencoe, Illinois Primary: Dan Larkin 847-835-6931 [email protected] Secondary: Jeremie Fant (847) 835-6959 [email protected] Research Topics/Keywords:conservation biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, habitat, invasive species, plants, pollination, restoration, soil science, systematics Abstract of Award City College of New York REU Site: Research Opportunities in Biology Biology New York, New York Primary: Christine Li 212-650-8450 [email protected] Secondary: Jonathan B. Levitt 212-650-8539 [email protected] Research Topics/Keywords: systems & molecular neurobiology, molecular evolution, conservation biology, immunity, bacterial genetics Comments: Christine Klusko Abstract of Award Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory REU Site: CSHL NSF-REU Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Summer Undergraduate Program Watson School of Biological Sciences Cold Spring Harbor, New York Primary: Michael Schatz (516) 367-5218 [email protected] Secondary: Anne Churchland 516-367-5035 [email protected] Research Topics/Keywords:Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Statistics, Quantative Biology Comments: Program Coordinator- Keisha John 516-367-6909 [email protected] Abstract of Award Brandeis University REU – Visual Sciences 10-week period May 28th - August 1st, 2014. A $5,000 stipend, plus housing costs and meal allowances is awarded to each student. Students will be matched with a faculty researcher, who will mentor the student through an independent research project. Students will develop a written synopsis of their summer work and will participate in a capstone symposium including poster presentations. Applications and all supporting materials are due February 15, 2014. Be prepared to answer the following two essay questions: Describe your previous research experience. Be sure to include institution name, lab/PI name and dates for each experience (optional). Describe your academic and research goals. Be sure to include how participation in this program would help you achieve these goals. A digital, unofficial complete transcript, including fall semester grades of the current year. Recommendation letters from two faculty members. Letters must be submitted from a university email address with "REU Recommendation" and the Student's name in the subject heading. NSF Summer REU Programs How do I apply? 1. Find a program (NSF web site) 2. Apply on-line - Applications are typically due in the spring (February - April) NSF Summer REU Programs How do I get in? 1. Find a program whose research area matches your interests. 2. Contact the listed primary or secondary contact person on the website. - Are they taking students this summer? - What are they looking for in potential students? NSF Summer REU Programs Applications: - Find faculty who can write strong letters of recommendation - Work on your statement of research experience and academic, career, and research goals. How will the REU help you achieve your goals? Local Research Opportunities The St. Louis region has many opportunities for summer research in the life sciences Many are internship programs Local Internship Programs Missouri Botanical Garden (Research and Education Internships) http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/about/additi onal-information/internships.aspx Horticulture Internships Shaw Nature Reserve Litzinger Road Ecology Center The Butterfly House Seed Bank Program 12 Week programs (mid-May – Mid-August) Paid positions: 40 hours per week Local Internship Programs St. Louis Zoo http://www.stlzoo.org/animals/scienceresearch/resea rchinternships/ Summer Research Internship program 20 hours per week 6 weeks minimum No stipend, credit possible Research on Behavior, Endocrinology, Reproduction, Nutrition, Conservation Local Internship Programs Missouri Department of Conservation Internship opportunities available periodically http://mdc.mo.gov/about-us/careers/internships Paid and unpaid internships available Monsanto Summer internship program http://jobs.monsanto.com/search/intern Seed Physiology, Plant chemistry, Genome data, Vegetable breeding, Molecular genotyping, … Local Internship Programs Danforth Center 11 week summer program Partially funded by NSF REU http://www.danforthcenter.org/educationoutreach/research-internships Bioremediation, Bioenergy, Cellular signaling, Structural biology, etc. Local Internship Programs Pfizer Pharmaceutical Summer internships typically offer full-time (40 hours per week) experiential training opportunities for a period of 12 weeks. http://www.amcp.org/amcpfoundation/internship/pfizer-summer/ Online application available in December Local Internship Programs Sigma-Aldrich Requirements include: * Completion of at least one year of college education before beginning internship * Excellent academic record * Demonstrated core competencies, communication, and leadership skills http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/site-level/career-opportunites/coopprogram.html Areas: Enzyme Analysis, Chromatography, Molecular Biology, Wet Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Cell Biology. Local Internship Programs SLU Biology Labs Many opportunities to get involved in research here in Macelwane or in the field with SLU Biology faculty Check out Faculty member’s interests on the Biology Website and contact the person via email Drop by their lab and ask about possible opportunities Many students volunteer before getting paid positions Senior Inquiry Persistence pays off!