Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Missouri Botanical Garden Research Experience for Undergraduates Program - Apply now!

The MissouriBotanical Garden is currently recruiting students for aResearch Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU):  This NSF-funded program provides full support for 10 students to work on mentored research projects for 10 weeks during the summer of 2013, from May 19 to
July 28.

The MBG REU program focuses on the areas of plant systematics, conservation biology, and ethnobotany. Potential projects for this year include taxonomic description of new species and revisionary studies in Lythraceae, Araceae, Passifloraceae, and Tectariaceae (African ferns),
DNA sequencing and phylogenetic analysis, DNA barcoding, pollen analysis, seed banking, conservation biology of threatened species, herbarium study of historically important collections, plants used as natural pesticides, and morphometrics of drought tolerance in native
Vitis species. REU students have access to a herbarium of 6.2 million specimens, an excellent botanical library, rich garden collections, a 2,400 acre natural area, and a laboratory with facilities for plant anatomy, microscopy, digital imaging, SEM, and DNA analysis. Students are expected to work full-time on research and participate in twice-weekly lunch-time seminars and workshops, including subjects on botany, conservation, career development, ethics in research, writing, communication skills, and preparation for graduate school.

*Students receive lodging near the Garden, a food allowance, research and
travel expenses, plus a $500/week stipend.

The deadline for application is February 28, 2013.

For more information and application procedures please see the program
website at http://www.mobot.org/mobot/research/reu/reu.shtml or contact
the REU Coordinator at reu@mobot.org , or the PI David Bogler
Monica Carlsen, PhD - Plant systematics, ecology and evolution
Missouri Botanical Garden | P.O. Box 299 | St. Louis, Missouri 63166 | Office phone number: (314) 577-0834

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