Undergrad Summer Research

Ed Coe coee at missouri.edu
Sun Feb 20 17:19:41 EST 2000

Missouri Maize Project
Undergraduate Summer Research Internship
in Maize Genomics

University of Missouri-Columbia

Program Details
o  Eight-week summer program (June 12 - August 4, 2000)
o  $2400 stipend, one hour of research credit
o  Room and board provided on-campus in air-conditioned dormitories
o  Travel expenses to and from Columbia provided
o  Travel money available to present research at a
scientific meeting

Maize Genomics at Missouri
The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) is a nationally
recognized center for plant genetics research and has
recently established a center for maize genomics research.
Over a dozen faculty in biological sciences, biochemistry,
plant sciences/agronomy, and the USDA are eager to provide
opportunities for undergraduates to participate in
collaborative research efforts.  Research problems include:
genome organization, gene expression, signal transduction,
hormone action, organelle biochemistry, disease resistance,
and crop plant productivity.  Genomics approaches to
understanding these problems include:  genetic and physical
mapping, various methods for functional analysis and bioinformatics.

Summer Internship Program Activities
Over 40 undergraduate research interns from MU and other
universities spend 8 weeks working on an individual research
project under the guidance of an MU faculty mentor.  At the
end of the summer, interns present their results at a poster
symposium at the end of the summer.  Each week, interns
attend brown bag lunches and evening seminars to discuss
their projects and learn about issues related to research
and careers in science.  Regular social activities provide
opportunities for students to get to know each other and
other members of the MU science community.

The Campus and Community
MU, the flagship campus of the University of Missouri system
is home to 23,000 students and 1,400 faculty.  Columbia is
located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City and
combines the benefits of larger cities (a wide array of
dining, art, theater, music, and worship opportunities) with
the convenience of a small college town.

Students must be entering their sophomore, junior or senior
year in college, majoring in biology, biochemistry, plant
science or a related field and intending to pursue a PhD or
combined MD/PhD in one of the life sciences.

Application Deadline and Selection Process
Deadline for application is April 15, 2000.  Applications
will be screened as received, and students will be notified
of acceptance to the program no later than the last week of
April.  We will match interns with mentors based on research
interests/preferences provided in the application.

For more information and application materials, contact:
Dr. Karen Cone at the University of Missouri-Columbia
Email:  ConeK at missouri.edu; Phone:  (573) 882-2118
Missouri Maize Project Web Site:  http://cafnr.missouri.edu/mmp

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