I am writing to let you know about a summer research opportunity for
undergraduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences at the
University of Cincinnati – the National Science Foundation-sponsored
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Sensory Ecology. Our
program is focused on research at the intersection of neurobiology,
behavior, ecology and evolution, and is directed at understanding
how animals sense and respond to their environment at functional and
evolutionary levels. Sophomore and junior Biology major students will be
chosen to join active lab groups for the summer and conduct cutting edge
research over a broad spectrum of topics in sensory ecology, including:

*   Genomics and development of sensory systems
*   Neural mechanisms of sensory system function
*   Sensory perception and behavioral influences of the physical
*   Neuroethology
*   Animal communication
*   Behavioral ecology of animal movement and dispersal

An educational program will develop student research and professional
skills and prepare them for graduate school or careers.

*   ~10 weeks in summer (June 1 – Aug 6, 2021)
*   Students will receive a summer stipend plus dorm and meal expenses
*   Students will work in labs, interact w/ faculty mentors, post-docs
and grad students
*   Weekly group seminars and meetings for students (e.g., career
development, responsible research conduct, science
communication training)
*   Social events for students (e.g., trips to Cincinnati Zoo,
Reds baseball)
*   Concluding student research “mini-symposium” presentation session

Student applicants will be selected based on multiple
criteria. Applications for the REU program will be screened by a committee
to select individuals whose interests are well-matched with faculty
in the program. Emphasis will be placed on faculty recommendations and
student statements, along with academic performance and other indicators
of future research success. Note: Implementation of the REU program is
contingent on National Science Foundation funding.

The application review will begin March 12, 2021,
and will close March 24. Students can apply online at: