Summer Undergraduate Research

Tue Jan 10 13:34:48 EST 1995


Department of Biology
University of Massachusetts at Boston

supported by the
National Science Foundation

Program - Undergraduates participate actively in biological research. Working 
with a faculty advisor, each participant will design, conduct and present an 
independent research project. The topics are diverse but focus on issues in 
biodiversity and conservation ecology. Students will be encouraged to learn 
about each others' projects and will visit field sites. Other activities will 
include weekly meetings to discuss the conduct and implications of research as 
well as a small hands-on workshop on molecular techniques relevant to ecology. 
Applicants will be matched to faculty sponsors based on mutual interests. 

Period and stipend - The program will run from June 5 to August 21 or start 
earlier by prior arrangement. Participants will receive a stipend of $3100 and 
there are limited funds available to subsidize travel and housing costs.

Eligibility - Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United 
States and its possessions and must be enrolled in their Junior or Senior year 
by Fall 1995. Applicants should have completed at least one upper-level Biology 
course and Math through College Algebra.

To apply - Send a completed application form and also send the following: a 
resume; a letter describing background, career goals, interests in biology and 
preferences among listed topics; current undergraduate transcript; letters from 
two faculty members familiar with your academic performance.

Deadline - Completed applications are due March 6, 1995.


Reproductive biology and population genetics of rare and endangered plants.  
Kamal Bawa.

Modelling of vertebrate populations for conservation.  Solange Brault.

Geographic variation of mitochondrial DNA in deep-sea invertebrates.  Ron Etter.

Behavioral ecology of reproduction in colonial seabirds.  Jeremy Hatch.

The ecological implications of body size in deep-sea animals.  Michael Rex.

Distribution of naphthalene-degrading bacteria in water and soils.  Michael 

Genetic diversity and genomic organization of plants.  Rick Kesseli.

Conservation physiology of insects.  Robert Stevenson.

Field behavioral ecology at Sandy Neck, Cape Cod. Eric Strauss.

For further information about the program and the projects and for application 

Jan H. Macleod/REU Program
Department of Biology
University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, MA  02125-3393
Tel 617-287-6600, FAX 617-287-6650
e-mail: macleod at

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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