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C-DEBI Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM) Summer Course

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

You are mainly microbes - much like Earth's biodiversity. Microbes are everywhere (in our guts, in the deep seafloor, and everywhere in between) and we are still learning about who they are, what they do, and how they do it.

The GEM course is an introductory microbiology course for early career undergraduates who are contemplating a career in scientific research. The course combines classroom learning with hands-on activities. Students attend lectures and discussions about microbiology, learn to use laboratory equipment and how to collect samples from the environment, practice their presentation skills, collaborate with your fellow classmates, and talk to graduate students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to explore career options.

Taught by Drs. John Heidelberg and Eric Webb, the course will be three weeks in length. Students will spend the first few days 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. Although activities are scheduled every day of the three-week program, the course schedule includes opportunites to hike, swim, snorkel, kayak, play volleyball, etc.

The Center for Dark Energy 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 (microbes!) beneath the seafloor and make transformative discoveries that advance science, benefit society, and inspire people of all ages and origins.

C-DEBI seeks 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. We are committed to improving access and support for members of underrepresented and marginalized groups to be able to succeed in STEM fields.p>Course expenses, travel, room, and board are paid for by C-DEBI, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Application Deadline: 2/7/2019
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Program Dates: 6/9/2019 - 6/28/2019

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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