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Summer Systematics Institute (SSI) REU


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Academic Level:
Undergraduate Students

Description:
SSI is an 8-week paid research internship at our state-of-the-art research facility and museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. This world renowned venue continues to offer undergraduates important insights into the contributions that museum-based research can make to issues facing society today. The program accommodates up to ten undergraduate students. This internship is made possible by the National Science Foundation and a generous gift from the Robert T. Wallace Endowment for undergraduate research experiences. One internship in Biological Illustration is integrated with the SSI program. Applications to Biological Illustration use much of the same application procedures and forms as the SSI.

Program Curriculum: Participants will conduct research with their chosen adviser on a project relating to the discipline of the adviser and student. Participants also receive instruction while taking part in a museum-based curriculum that includes tours, lectures, and lab exercises on phylogenetic systematics, molecular techniques, biodiversity, evolutionary biology, global change, and other contemporary issues in the natural sciences. One-day field trips highlighting the local natural history include tidepooling and hiking. Participants are also invited to attend, fully funded, a scientific meeting (such as the annual meeting for the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology) following their summer internship to present their findings in the form of a talk or poster.

Eligibility: Any U.S. citizen or resident alien (green card) who is an undergraduate student, and who will not have graduated before fall, is welcome to apply. That is, you must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of the internship. We encourage applications from groups under-represented in the sciences. An excellent academic record and participation in a wide range of campus activities are highly regarded, but not the sole criteria for the selection process.

Stipend: A stipend of approximatel $4,000 will be awarded to each intern. In addition, most travel costs will be reimbursed and a $2,500 subsistence allowance is given for housing and food. Because the Academy does not have access to dorm facilities, housing is not provided by the Academy. However, we do assist successful applicants in finding local housing. Support of research projects and publication of results as well as funded opportunities to return to the Academy after the end of the program are available. We can also provide assistance to attend a conference to present results from the participants? research during the SSI. Personal stipends may be subject to Federal and/or State income taxes.

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Application Deadline: 2/15/2015

Program Dates: 6/15/2015 - 8/7/2015

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California Academy of Sciences (Lead)

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Academic Disciplines:
Anthropology & Archaeology
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Ecology & Evolution
Entomology
Genetics & Genomics
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Microbiology
Paleontology
Plant Sciences
Zoology

Keywords:
Biodiversity Conservation
Evolutionary Biology
Invertebrates
Marine Biodiversity
Molecular Phylogenetics
Morphology
Morphometrics
Phylogenetics & Phylogenomics
Systematics



This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)


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