In the summer of 2015, Samford University will host a 9-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program that will provide an in-depth faculty-mentored research experience for 12 students. The program focuses on multidisciplinary research to study interactions in complex systems ranging from the molecular to the landscape scale in a diverse Appalachian ridge and valley ecosystem at Oak Mountain State Park (OMSP) near Birmingham, AL.
Student projects may involve both field and laboratory research to address questions in ecology, biochemistry, population biology, botany, geography, plant chemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and pathogenesis. Mentors are from the Departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, and Pharmacy at Samford University. At Samford, undergraduate students become research colleagues. REU students have access to a wide array of individual labs, core facilities (e.g., electron microscopy, LC-MS, cell culture), and the unique Oak Mountain Interpretive Center research facility.
Students are expected to perform full-time research and to participate in weekly workshops on professional skills (i.e., ethical conduct in research, data analysis, scientific communication), career opportunities, and the graduate school application process. In addition to doing research, students will enjoy social activities, including field trips. Discussions with mentors, experts, and fellow students will help participants compare complex biological and biochemical interactions across research topics.
Students are selected based on academic record, professional goals, and potential for outstanding research. Outstanding undergraduate students who have limited opportunities to participate in research at their home institutions and students from underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
Stipend, travel, and housing
REU participation includes:
- Stipend ($525/week) for the 9-week program.
- Round trip travel to Birmingham, AL.
- Room & Board in Samford University residence hall and dining facility.