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Accessible Sharks Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity

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

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

Accessible Sharks is an NSF-Funded summer internship program that supports disabled undergraduate students to participate in interdisciplinary summer research on sharks. Students will have the opportunity to work on aspects of shark scale development, their fossil record, or shark skin-inspired engineering and design, at one of three institutions around the US. This summer, the program will support 3 students participating in an 8-10 week research project at their host institution (Univ. of Florida, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, or Harvard), as well as professional development opportunities and specific disability in STEM activities and discussions.

Successful applicants will join a lab group for the summer, and be provided with a stipend, housing, travel support, as well as support and accommodations related to their individual disability. They will also participate in undergraduate summer research activities at their location, as well as interdisciplinary cross-institution meetings and discussions. Remote participation and research is possible, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis, although students will be supported and encouraged to participate in person where possible.

This REU program is open to all undergraduate students with disabilities (e.g. mobility, sensory, learning, psychological, medical, or other disability - please see below for more information), who are majors in biology, geology, environmental science, engineering, or other related fields. Prior research experience is not required or expected. Students from historically excluded and non-traditional backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply, and preference will be given to highly motivated students who have not had access to comparable research opportunities through their home institutions. Please visit the website for more information.

Participating Institution(s):
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Lead)
Harvard University
University of Florida

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Ecology & Evolution
Genetics & Genomics
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Molecular Biology

Developmental Biology
Fluid Dynamics
Vertebrate Paleontology

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

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