**Paid opportunity for Undergraduates with Disabilities to participate in interdisciplinary research on sharks this summer**
Accessible Sharks is an NSF-Funded summer internship program that supports undergraduate students with disabilities to participate in interdisciplinary summer research on sharks. Students will have the opportunity to work on aspects of shark scale development, their fossil record, or shark skin-inspired engineering and design, at one of three institutions around the US (University of Florida, Yale University, or Harvard University). The program will run in summer of 2023 and summer of 2024, and support a total of 6 students, 3 per summer. It will consist of an 8-week research project, as well as professional development opportunities and specific disability in STEM activities and discussions.
Successful applicants will join a lab group for the summer, and be provided with a$5500 stipend, housing, travel support, as well as support and accommodations related to their individual disability. They will also participate in undergraduate summer research activities at their location, as well as interdisciplinary cross-institution meetings and discussions. Remote participation possible and will be considered on a case-by-case basis, although students will be supported and encouraged to participate in person where possible.
This REU program is open to all undergraduate students with disabilities (e.g., mobility, sensory, learning, psychological, medical, or other disability – please see FAQ section below for more information), who are majors in biology, geology, environmental science, engineering, or other related fields. Prior research experience is not required or expected. Students from historically excluded and non-traditional backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply, and preference will be given to highly motivated students who have not had access to comparable research opportunities through their home institutions.