The research group of Rick Relyea at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Department of Biological Sciences) has an NSF-funded research opportunity (REU) for an undergraduate student interested in the effects of contaminants and parasites on amphibians and aquatic communities.
The successful candidate will conduct independent research with the ultimate goal of publishing the work. Previous REU students have published their work in the world’s leading ecological journals including Ecology, Ecology Letters, and Oecologia. Students will be trained in all aspects of conducting ecological research as part of a diverse research team that examines the ecology and evolution of aquatic organisms. The experience will include collecting animals from ponds, swamps, and marshes and conducting laboratory and field experiments.
The research experience occurs from May through August (12 weeks) at the Aquatic Research Facility and at the Institutes field station (the Darrin Fresh Water Institute). During this time, the student will be paid $12/hour. There also are funds available for research supplies and travel to nearby field sites (having a vehicle is required).
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and enrolled as an undergraduate student. Minority applicants are especially encouraged.
Interested students should send a resume, a list of references, and a brief cover letter detailing their interests in this research opportunity to Dr. Rick Relyea at email@example.com. All applications should be submitted by 31 March 2019.
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