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Summer Undergraduate Internship (REU) in Quantitative Disease Ecology

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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The Mordecai Lab (Stanford) and MacDonald Lab (UCSB) are seeking applicants for a paid ten-week summer research experience, funded through the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate program. Research projects will use computational biology to study the impact of land-use change on vector borne disease dynamics.

One candidate will be based at Stanford University and will focus on modeling the distribution of leishmaniasis sandfly vectors and reservoir hosts throughout Latin America. More information on the Mordecai Lab can be found on our website.

The second candidate will be based at University of California Santa Barbara and will use econometric approaches to investigate the effect of artisanal and illegal gold mining on the transmission of leishmaniasis in the Peruvian Amazon. More information on the MacDonald Lab can be found on our website.

The position is open to undergraduate students who are US citizens, US nationals, or permanent residents and are enrolled (part-time or full-time) in a degree program leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. In both positions, the candidate will gain valuable experience working with geospatial datasets, statistical modeling, and science communication. The candidate will additionally become familiar with the programming language R and Google Earth Engine. Minimum qualifications include an interest in quantitative ecology, disease ecology, and/or global change biology. We especially encourage applications from students that are from traditionally underrepresented groups in biology. The timing of the ten-week program is flexible, with a start date in June. To apply please send a CV, list of references, and a two-paragraph essay describing (1) your background and (2) interest in the position to Caroline Glidden by the deadline.

Application Deadline: 4/15/2022
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Program Dates: 6/1/2022

Participating Institution(s):
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Stanford University (Lead)
University of California, Santa Barbara

Program Materials:

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Spatial/Geographic Information Systems
STEM Fields

Ecological Modeling
Environmental Change
Global Change
Global Health
Infectious Disease
Land Use Patterns
Quantitative Ecology
Vector Ecology

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

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