[Taxacom] REU program at Missouri Botanical Garden

Monica Carlsen monica.carlsen at mobot.org
Wed Jan 23 15:37:39 CST 2013

Hi everybody,

Please help us disseminate this information to all undergraduate students
you think might benefit from this opportunity, and help us train the next
generation of plant biologists.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is currently recruiting students for a
Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU). This NSF-funded
program provides full support for 10 students to work on mentored
research projects for 10 weeks during the summer of 2013, from May 19 to
July 28. 

The MBG REU program focuses on the areas of plant systematics,
conservation biology, and ethnobotany. Potential projects for this year
include taxonomic description of new species and revisionary studies in
Lythraceae, Araceae, Passifloraceae, and Tectariaceae (African ferns),
DNA sequencing and phylogenetic analysis, DNA barcoding, pollen
analysis, seed banking, conservation biology of threatened species,
herbarium study of historically important collections, plants used as
natural pesticides, and morphometrics of drought tolerance in native
Vitis species. REU students have access to a herbarium of 6.2 million
specimens, an excellent botanical library, rich garden collections, a
2,400 acre natural area, and a laboratory with facilities for plant
anatomy, microscopy, digital imaging, SEM, and DNA analysis. Students
are expected to work full-time on research and participate in
twice-weekly lunch-time seminars and workshops, including subjects on
botany, conservation, career development, ethics in research, writing,
communication skills, and preparation for graduate school. 

Students receive lodging near the Garden, a food allowance, research and
travel expenses, plus a $500/week stipend. 

The deadline for application is February 28, 2013. 

For more information and application procedures please see the program
website at http://www.mobot.org/mobot/research/reu/reu.shtml or contact
the REU Coordinator at reu at mobot.org , or the PI David Bogler
(david.bogler at mobot.org).

Monica Carlsen, PhD - Plant systematics, ecology and evolution
Missouri Botanical Garden | P.O. Box 299 | St. Louis, Missouri 63166 | Office phone number: (314) 577-0834


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