Other: Summer undergraduate research in plant evolution

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is emerging as an important biofuel
candidate in the United States. Our labs (see website below)
collectively study the evolutionary ecology, quantiative genetics,
physiology and agronomy/plant breeding of Switchgrass. We are seeking
a talented and diverse group of undergraduate students interested in
conducting field research in Switchgrass biology across the US.

This program is an opportunity for undergraduate students to
participate in a sustained mentored independent research on the
biology of Switchgrass. Summer students will be immersed in research
and learn basic and applied biology through active participation in
primarily field-based work. Working as part of our research team, they
will contribute to group research projects, design short research
projects, and present their work in an end-of-summer student

Each position is supported for 8-10 weeks beginning the first week of
June. Students are awarded a $4500 stipend, plus a housing and food
allowance, and some funds to help defray the cost of traveling to the
designated University.

Who Should Apply:
Undergraduates that are not in their senior year (typically 1st to 3rd
year students), who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents
studying in the U.S. All science majors are encouraged to apply, but
preference will be given to individuals with a strong background
and/or interest in evolutionary ecology, environmental biology,
quantitative genetics, and agronomy.

Application process:
The application deadline is February 25, 2018. Please see our website
for further details.

Bethaney Watson
e-mail: bethaney.watson@austin.utexas.edu
Subject: Switchgrass REU 2018