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REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution


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Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior

Description:
Undergraduate projects funded by the REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution will focus on biological processes, such as mutation, genetic drift, migration, non-random mating and natural selection that drive heritable change. The inspiration for this proposal is the celebrated essay, Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution by Theodosius Dobzhansky. Professor Dobzhanky provided the following unambiguous explanation of the process, the environment presents challenges to living species, to which the latter may respond by adaptive genetic change and the potential outcomes allowed a species to occupy a formerly empty ecological niche or to resist the environmental change if it is unfavorable. The Light of Evolution essay did not address specific evolutionary mechanisms, but Dobzhansky recognized their significance by stating, the mechanisms that bring evolution about certainly need study and clarification. The goals of this proposal are to provide undergraduates with hypothesis-based projects that investigate one or more mechanisms of evolution, promote careers in science, reinforce the connection between genetics and evolution and highlight the accomplishments of evolutionary scholars. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research results at a scientific colloquium. Students will receive a $5,250 stipend, housing and a travel subsidy.


Participating Institution(s):
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University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Academic Disciplines:
Bioinformatics & Genomics
Biology
Ecology & Evolution
Geological Sciences
Microbiology
Molecular Biology

Keywords:
Evolutionary Biology
Genomic Analysis
Microbial Biology

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


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