Summer research opportunities for undergrads in psychobiology
steh at webb.psych.ufl.edu
Mon Feb 28 14:50:26 EST 1994
PSYCHOBIOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
at the University of Florida
Neil E. Rowland, Ph.D. Donald J. Stehouwer
Program Director (904 392-6639) Co-Director (904 392-6638)
rowland at webb.psych.ufl.edu steh at webb.psych.ufl.edu
Suzanna Hicks, Program secretary
Tel: 904 392-0597; fax: 904 392-7985; hicks at webb.psych.ufl.edu
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The purpose of this Summer Research Institute is to provide
research experience and training in Psychobiology to undergraduates
from colleges that do not have such programs. It is hoped that the
program will stimulate the interest of participants in graduate
education and a scientific career in neural sciences.
The University of Florida is the largest center for brain research
in the Southeastern region, with faculty and students in several
academic departments. The Summer Institute is administered by the
Department of Psychology, and has ten primary faculty (see page 4)
whose research laboratories will host the participants.
The program session is 12 weeks, from May 9 - July 29, 1994. There
may be some flexibility in these dates to accommodate students from
institutions with conflicting academic calendars.
Participants will receive a stipend of $3,000 for the 12 weeks,
which will cover all expenses that students will incur.
Classroom instruction during the first 6 weeks will consist of a 1-
hour daily class in Psychobiology (using a standard text), followed
by a 1-hour seminar which will cover various topics. Initially,
the faculty will describe their research interests and projects.
This will be followed by one-week units on experimental design,
statistics, and scientific ethics. Students will then be allowed
to choose among workshops offering instruction in specific research
techniques. During week 6, participants will give oral
presentations describing what they are doing in their laboratory.
During the second 6 weeks, no classes are scheduled, so that
students can focus on full-time research. In the final week, they
will give oral presentations of their results and conclusions.
Graduate assistants will help participants with problems, including
preparation of their talks. Additionally, participants will attend
"Neuroscience noons," a weekly series of talks by graduate students
during the Summer.
Laboratory research should occupy all of the remaining time. The
faculty mentor chosen, and his or her assistants, will work with
students to develop and complete a research project. They will
also assign additional reading material relevant to the research.
All participants will receive a diploma of participation, and
course credit may be obtained. For this, we expect that either the
student or the home college will split the costs of tuition with
What is Psychobiology? The study of the biological basis of
behavior. It is also known as Behavioral Neuroscience or
Why the University of Florida? UF is one of 58 members of the
Association of American Universities, elected by its outstanding
achievements in research. It has over 3,000 faculty, including
over 50 in Neuroscience-related areas.
Where is the University of Florida? In Gainesville, a small town
of 150,000 in North Central Florida. It is approximately 60 miles
from beaches on the east and west coasts, 120 miles from Orlando,
and is surrounded by numerous state parks with various activities.
Where will participants live? Students will be housed in a campus
dormitory. Rent is about $250 per month.
What are other expenses? Research costs are supported by the
Institute and the faculty. Tuition costs will be split either with
the student or the home college. [Example: Non-Florida residents
for 6 credit hours is about $2,000 tuition and fees]. A textbook
will need to be purchased for the course. Participants must
provide evidence of an up-to-date tetanus shot. Also students will
be responsible for transportation to Gainesville and within the
town although, if there is a documented financial hardship, a
travel allowance may be made. [A bicycle is always useful.]
Who is eligible? Sophomores, juniors, or starting seniors are
eligible. Participants should have at least some basic science
background (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Psychology), but coursework
in Psychobiology is not necessary.
What is the application procedure? Separate application sheets
have been sent to individual Departments. If more are needed,
please call (904) 392-0597 and we will send them. Students must
complete and return the sheet to us with a current transcript.
Also, at least one brief letter of recommendation by a professor is
required (two letters are better). The application deadline this
year is March 15th. If this is received a few days late, please
encourage students to go ahead and send in the application.
When will participants be notified? We will screen applicants as
soon as possible after March 15, and will make offers to eight
people (by March 31). We will ask for a rapid reply, so that if a
student decides not to come, we can offer the slot to someone on
our "alternate" list.
An application form appears at the end of this post, or can be obtained by contacting:
Suzanna Hicks, Program Secretary
Department of Psychology
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-2065
Tel: 904 392-0597
fax: 904 392-7985
E-mail: hicks at webb.psych.ufl.edu
PARTICIPATING FACULTY AND THEIR RESEARCH INTERESTS:
W. Keith Berg, Ph.D. (Psychology). Psychophysiology and
developmental psychobiology. Components of the reflex blink and
startle, the development of anticipatory responding in infants, and
auditory processing sounds in premature and full-term neonates.
Electrocardiagram, electromyogram, electroencephalogram, on-line computers.
Christiana M. Leonard, Ph.D. (Neuroscience). Communication problems
in children. Diagnosis and treatment of children with problems in
verbal and nonverbal social communication skills. Analysis of facial
features and verbal messages, human brain imaging (MRI).
Mark H. Lewis, Ph.D. (Psychiatry). Development of the brain and
social behavior. How alterations in development and social
experience affect the central nervous system, particularly brain
dopamine. Measurement of aggression in inbred mice, and brain dopamine receptors.
Merle E. Meyer, Ph.D. (Psychology). Neuropeptides and behavior.
Dorsal immobility and locomotor activities induced by central
administration of opioid peptides to rats. Brain cannulation in rats;
psychopharmacology of receptor subtypes; behavioral measurement.
Neil E. Rowland, Ph.D. (Psychology). Mechanisms of hunger and
thirst. Physiology and neural circuitry of food, water, and salt
intake in rats. Functional neuroanatomy & immunocytochemistry; appetite stimulants and suppressants; video-microscopic analysis.
Alan C. Spector, Ph.D. (Psychology). Processing of taste by the
nervous system. Altering gustatory input to brain, or
physiological state, of rats and psychophysical assessment of their
gustatory function. Behavioral studies of taste discrimination; computer acquisition and analysis; surgery; histological analysis.
Donald J. Stehouwer, Ph.D. (Psychology). Neural remodelling during
development. Metamorphosis from swimming to pedal locomotion in
frogs. Neural and behavioral studies of locomotion in rats.
Kinematic analysis and electrophysiology of locomotion.
Philip Teitelbaum, Ph.D. (Psychology). Applied Physiological
Psychology. Analysis of movement in people with neurological
impairments or diseases. Computer-assisted videotape analysis.
Frans van Haaren, Ph.D. (Psychology). Behavioral consequences of
drugs of abuse in rats. Sex differences in effects of acute and
chronic drug (e.g. alcohol) administration. Operant behavior; schedule control and computerized data acquisition/analysis.
Carol Van Hartesveldt, Ph.D. (Psychology). Development of brain
systems of movement. Psychopharmacological analysis in rats of
functional development of neurotransmitter systems for movement.
Automated measurement of behavior; histological analysis.
Application begins here:
UF Psychobiology Undergraduate Summer Research Institute Application
Name: __________________________________ SS#: ________-_____-________
Nation of Citizenship: ____________ ______ Date of Birth: ____/___/___
For affirmative action purposes only:
Ethnic Origin ____ Hispanic ____ White (not of Hispanic origin
____ Black (not of Hispanic origin) ____ Asian (Pacific Islanders) ____ American Indian or Alaskan Native Other (Specify) ____________
Home Address: _________________________________________________________________
Telephone: Day/Work _______________ Night/Home _____________
Fax: (if possible) _____________________
Name/Address of Undergraduate Institution: _________________________________________________________________
Expected date of graduation: _____________
Number of semester hours completed and GPA ___________ ___________
(Attach recent transcript)
*On a separate sheet of paper, describe why you want to participate in
this program, why we should select you, and how this program relates
to your current career goals. Also indicate with which of the faculty
you would be most interested in working.
*Have one or two of your current professors, who are familiar with
your work, write a letter of recommendation to:
Suzanna Hicks, Program Secretary,
NSF Summer Program
Department of Psychology,
P.O. Box 112250,
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-2250
no later than March 18, 1994
Or fax: (904) 392-7985
E-mail: hicks at webb.psych.ufl.edu
As soon as possible after that date, you will be informed of your status, i.e. accepted/waiting list/declined.
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