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C-DEBI Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM) Summer Course

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Undergraduates - First Year
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Undergraduates - Junior

The Center for Dark Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) is a Science and Technology Center funded by the National Science Foundation started in 2010 with the mission to explore life beneath the seafloor and make transformative discoveries that advance science, benefit society, and inspire people of all ages and origins.

C-DEBI seeks to train a diverse generation of undergraduates within an integrated and collaborative multidisciplinary community. We are committed to improving access and support for members of underrepresented and marginalized groups to be able to succeed in STEM fields.

You are mainly microbe - much like Earth's biodiversity. Microbes are everywhere and we are still learning about who they are, what they do, and how they do it. The GEM course is an introductory microbiology field course for undergraduates who are contemplating a career in scientific research. The course creates a wonderful learning atmosphere by combining classroom time with field research. Students learn laboratory and field techniques in addition to developing their presentation skills, all in a real world setting.

Taught by Drs. John Heidelberg and Eric Webb, the hands-on course will be three weeks in June. Students will spend the first part of the course at the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles, California and the remaining time at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island.

Course expenses, travel, room, and board are paid for C-DEBI, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Ideal candidates are:

- Interested in a science (or STEM field) career

- Scientifically curious and willing to explore scientific research

- Open to new experiences

- Dedicated learners

- Able to commit to attending the entire three-week course (including weekends)

- U.S. citizens or permanent residents

- Enrolled in college, early career undergraduates (ideally first or second year students)

- Have completed at least one semester/quarter-long science course at a 2 or 4-year college/university (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, etc.)

We strive to recruit participants that reflect the diversity of students at the community college and university level with varied science learning and life experiences. We encourage students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields as well as first generation college students to apply.

Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
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Program Dates: 6/10/2018 - 6/29/2018

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Southern California (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Bioinformatics & Genomics
Geological Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography

Data Analysis
Marine Microbes
Microbial Habitats
Microbial Oceanography
Ocean Biogeochemistry
Subseafloor Biosphere

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

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