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Summer research position in Plant Disease Ecology as part of an REU

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The Flory Lab at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, FL is seeking a highly motivated undergraduate for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position for summer 2018. This position is part of a larger research project funded by the NSF/USDA/NIH Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease program aimed at understanding how plant pathogens might mediate the long-term outcome of interactions between an invasive grass (stiltgrass) and native plant species. With the help of mentors, the REU student will develop an independent project, acquiring skills in question formulation, experimental design and execution, data analysis, and science communication. The experiment associated with this position will involve inoculating invasive and native plants with fungal pathogens and tracking their performance over time. The REU student will work closely with Amy Kendig, a postdoc in the Flory lab, and Luke Flory, one of the project principal investigators, and will interact with other UF researchers involved in the project.

Applicants must be enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program with an anticipated graduation date after September, and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (including possessions/territories). The ideal candidate will be interested in pursuing a graduate degree or career in ecology, evolution, environmental science, or biology following graduation.

The REU position is 10-12 weeks in duration during summer with a flexible start date and a stipend of $497/week.

To apply, email the following to Amy Kendig (email address under the "contacts tab", if possible combined as a single Word or PDF file):

1. A brief cover letter outlining your relevant experience, interest in the position, and career goals (maximum one page, single spaced) 2. A resume or CV 3. Undergraduate transcript (official or unofficial) 4. Contact information for two references (faculty members are preferred)

Please email Amy with any questions. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Application Deadline: 3/15/2018

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Florida (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Plant Sciences

Biological Invasions
Collaborative Research
Community Ecology
Data Analysis
Experiment Design and Analysis
Graduate School Preparation
Infectious Disease
Plant Pathology

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

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