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NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the Evolution of
Biodiversity across the Tree of Life

Applications close April 22, 2016

We are looking for 8 undergraduate students to participate in hands-on
research in biodiversity science and receive training in cutting-edge
techniques and analysis in evolutionary biology for 10 weeks during the
summers of 2016-2018.

Students will learn research techniques that include DNA sequencing and
computational analysis of genetic and genomic data, morphological
measurements and phylogenetic analysis, and microbiology and
next-generation microbial sequencing.  Scientific projects to be conducted
by the students include the evolution of morphological variation in extinct
therapsids, tropical bird biogeography, population genetics of sharks,
influence of disease on bird genetic diversity in urban environments,
quantitative analysis of meteorites, the influence of hydrostatic pressure
on morphological diversity in octopuses, and co-diversification of ants and
their gut bacterial communities.  In addition students will receive career
mentoring in a diversity of STEM fields, gain experiences in public
outreach and science communication, receive training in ethics/responsible
conduct of research, and participate in a diversity workshop to help
overcome bias in science.

Students will be provided a stipend, dormitory housing, and assistance with
travel costs.

Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and an
undergraduate during the entire period.  We especially encourage students
from groups traditionally underrepresented in science to apply.

To apply, please send complete the online application:

Applications close April 22, 2016.

Please direct any questions to Jonathan Hense ([log in to unmask]).

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Margaret K. Thayer, Ph.D.        [log in to unmask]
Curator Emeritus, ​Field Museum of Natural History <>
​Lecturer, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago
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Chicago IL 60605-2496, USA
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