Friday Harbor Laboratories
Revised: 1-19-17

Blinks - NSF REU - BEACON Internship Program


Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Integrative Biology and Ecology of Marine Organisms


Application deadline: February 15, 2017


Program dates: June 12 to August 5, 2017 (8 weeks)




Program Description

Friday Harbor Laboratories' Blinks - NSF REU - BEACON Summer Internship Program seeks to link undergraduate students with scientist-mentors as collaborators in marine science research projects. The program takes advantage of the pristine environment, remarkable biodiversity, and the scientific and technical resources at University of Washington's marine science research facility. We have combined the NSF REU program with the Blinks Research Fellowship program, which targets groups who are historically underrepresented in the marine sciences, with the NSF-funded BEACON Program. In cooperation with the the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Anne Hof Blinks Memorial Fellowship, the Blinks-REU-BEACON Program offers a full immersion research experience for motivated undergraduates, post-baccalaureates and graduate students. In keeping with the University of Washington's policy of encouraging diversity in its student body including underrepresented groups, the program seeks 10-15 students of diverse backgrounds and interests to participate in a eight week summer research project in the marine sciences. By linking fellows with marine scientists in a 1:1 research experience, fellows learn both the process and the substance of scientific research. As the research progresses, fellows will be encouraged to become semi-independent collaborators. The experience will expose fellows to the life and work of a marine science research laboratory. The program will incorporate workshops, seminars and training sessions in addition to hands-on research.

The mentors and projects vary from year to year according to the developing research interests of faculty and students. Research projects are designed by the scientists to be achievable projects which dovetail with their research plans. Project descriptions are posted below. Fellows will work semi-independently with mentor supervision for approximately 40 hours per week.

As participants in the FHL community, students will participate actively in FHL community activities, e.g. attend the weekly seminars, eat in the Dining Hall and live in the student dormitory. Early in the summer session, there will be a meeting of student participants with graduate students and mentors to share perspectives on graduate programs and participation in academic life, with a brief description of ongoing projects, and a question/answer session. At the end of their internship, fellows will present their research in a short powerpoint talk. Fellows will also write a scientific paper describing their work, and revise it based upon feedback from the mentor.

The Setting

Friday Harbor Labs is University of Washington's marine science field research station. Located north of Puget Sound in the San Juan Islands, FHL takes advantage of a remarkable diversity of marine habitats and organisms. FHL hosts 15-20 courses per year and approximately 100 independent researchers during the year. The 484 acre campus is the site for thirteen lab buildings, a dining hall, 3 dorms and other housing units.

Research at FHL emphasizes marine invertebrate zoology, phycology, fisheries science, conservation biology, cell and molecular biology, biomedical sciences, oceanography and other scientific disciplines. Investigators and students use diversified field resources as well as modern analytical technologies such as a CT scanner, nucleotide sequencer, scanning laser confocal microscopes, centrifuges, HPLC, TEM, SEM and other equipment. Friday Harbor Labs is equipped with a 58' research vessel, numerous smaller boats, cold rooms, and an extensive seawater system serving numerous lab buildings. The facility includes a computer lab, networked research labs, wi-fi connectivity, a well equipped stockroom, a 17,000 volume library, and SCUBA facilities.

Financial Support

Participants will be provided with financial support to meet costs of room, board and round trip travel, plus a stipend (amount to be determined).

Eligibility

The NSF REU Site grant supports U.S. citizens or permanent residents during their undergraduate careers. The Blinks Endowment supports students who bring diversity to the FHL student body in any phase of their undergraduate or graduate career.


To Apply

1. Fill out the FHL REU Application form to apply for participation in a specific research projects. We recommend applying for up to three projects given the stiff competition for admission to the program. In the ethnicity field, please be sure to indicate if you're from an underrepresented group.

2. Apply to work with a specific mentor by writing a one-page application statement which describes your background, your interest in this project, and how this specific research project will help you achieve your career goals. Please submit up to three application statements, one for each project to which you'd like to apply, and send them to fhlinapp@uw.edu. The statements should be sent as separate files in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.

3. Request unofficial copies of your transcript to be sent to fhlinapp@uw.edu. Transcripts can be either official or unofficial, and either electronic or on paper. Electronic transcripts are preferred. If your school prepares only paper transcripts, please send them to Mark Tetrick at the address below.

4. Request two letters of recommendation from faculty members who are familiar with your work. Letters should be emailed from faculty directly to fhlinapp@uw.edu.

Questions may be directed to fhlinapp@uw.edu

Students who are selected will be notified in late March.

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