Undergraduate researchers wanted, Fall 2016

Submitted by kristend on Fri, 08/12/2016 - 16:20

The DeAngelis lab is looking for undergraduate students to help research the effect of climate change on microbes. If one of the projects (described after the jump) seems interesting to you, please contact Kristen (deanglis@microbio.umass.edu). Include your resume or CV and indicate which opportunity you are most interested in. We look forward to meeting you!

Primarily, we seek students to assist with analyzing genomes of bacterial isolates. The student must show attention to detail, be able to follow both verbal and written instructions, and maintain a positive attitude. The ideal candidate will be a freshman or sophomore with some degree of programming experience, and an interest in expanding this knowledge as it relates to biology. Student should be available 6 hours a week in blocks of at least 3 hours. The student can expect to build their bioinformatics skills as it relates to phylogenetics and microbial physiology. Work of outstanding students is likely to result in co-authorship of a manuscript in subsequent semesters.

The second project is work-study work to help with characterizing bacterial isolates. The applicant must show attention to detail, be able to both verbal and written instructions, have a positive attitude and calm demeanor. In addition, it is preferred that the student be a freshman or sophomore and able to commit to 6 hours a week in blocks of at least 3 hours. Student should expect to learn basic microbiology skills, including aseptic technique, media preparation, and microbial physiology. This is a perfect position for someone looking to start to develop wet lab skills and to learn more about soil microbial ecology.