From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jeremy Wojdak
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:21 AM
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Subject: [ECOLOG-L] REU - Aquatic Community Ecology / Disease Ecology
A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position is available for
summer 2012 to study disease ecology in aquatic freshwater communities with
Drs. Jeremy Wojdak (Radford University) and Lisa Belden (Virginia Tech).
The REU student will join a lab of graduate and undergraduate students
working on an NSF-funded project focused on understanding the biotic factors
that control trematode parasite transmission. The trematode we study first
infects an aquatic snail host, then snails and amphibians as secondary
intermediate hosts, and finally infects muskrats (among other organisms) as
its definitive host. Thus, the REU student will gain experience with a
number of diverse taxa. The student will work as part of our team at field
sites and conducting mesocosm field experiments and lab studies, and will
also be expected to develop his/her own independent research project.
The ideal candidate will be hard-working, dedicated, careful, work well in a
team setting, and be interested in pursuing a career in science. The start
date is flexible, but preference will be given to a student available
mid-May through August 2010. The REU student will earn a stipend of
$400/week for 12 weeks and receive additional support for lodging ($1000),
travel expenses ($500), and their research. The REU student will be invited
to attend the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting with our group
in a subsequent year.
Interested students are encouraged to apply by March 1, but applications
will be accepted until the position is filled. Eligible candidates must be
U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be currently enrolled in a college
or university (i.e. recent graduates are ineligible).
Students from groups typically underrepresented in the sciences and
students from smaller institutions with limited research opportunities are
especially encouraged to apply.
Applications should be sent to [log in to unmask] and should include:
unofficial copy of transcripts, contact information for three academic
references, CV / resume, and a one page statement that describes your
interest in the REU position, academic goals, and previous research
experience (if any). Please confirm in your statement that you meet each
eligibility requirement above (e.g., citizenship, enrolled in college,
available for 10-12 weeks during the summer).
For more information, or if you have questions, please contact:
Jeremy M. Wojdak
Department of Biology
236 Curie Hall
PO BOX 6931
Radford, VA 24142
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