The REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution (MOE) invites talented undergraduates to participate in hypothesis-driven research projects that investigate evolutionary change using prokaryotic, eukaryotic and viral models. REU projects will dovetail existing funded research within the sub-disciplines of Bioinformatics, Evolution by Natural Selection and Biochemical Adaptations. MOE takes a holistic approach towards training undergraduates and the co-curricular program integrates three modules: Working like a Scientist, Science Communication, and Career Exploration. Working like a Scientist asks the participants to take ownership of their project by formulating hypotheses, planning experiments, analyzing data, reading primary literature, and participating in lab meetings. The Science Communication module provides the participants with the opportunity to speak at group meetings, receive mentoring on preparing an abstract, and present at the Summer Research Symposium. The Career Exploration module consists of presentations by REU mentors on possible career trajectories, and the participants initiating Individual Development Plans. The goal of the tripartite approach is for participants to gain the required technical, communication, and goal setting skills that allow them to transition from trainee to apprentice scientist. The capstone of the ten-week experience is a poster presentation at the Summer Research.
REU research internships are 10-week full-time (40 hr) research internships. REU participants will be introduced to the culture of research science by presenting at lab meetings, reading publications, analyzing experimental data and summarizing their results for a research symposium. Occasionally, participants will need to visit the lab over the weekend or after hours.
Number of Applications Received Each Year
This REU site receives more than 100 applications and selects 10 participants each year.
The career essay is an extremely important part of the selection criteria and the research mentors expect a well-written one-page (minimum) composition. Applicants should prepare their essay with a word processing program.
All applicants should use Google Scholar to find the recent publications of the selected mentors. Be sure to mention in your statement that you reviewed these publications. The selection committee knows that applicants may not understand everything in these publications, but will be impressed by the additional effort.
It is also recommended that applicants show their essay to the faculty member that will provide a letter of recommendation.
REU participants will reside in air-conditioned double occupancy dormitory rooms located on campus. Each suite contains two bedrooms, a small refrigerator, microwave, Internet connection and a shared bathroom.
REU students should bring twin sheets, pillowcases, blanket and a desk lamp.
Unfortunately, there is no married student housing at UNLV.
Pets are not allowed in the dorm.
The dormitory is a 15 min walk from the research laboratories.
REU participants are responsible for lost keys and damage to the room.
Cooking is prohibited in the dormitory.
Library, Recreation Center and Student Union
REU students will have full access to the Lied Library, Student Recreation and Wellness Center and Student Union.
Students driving to campus should check with the Parking & Transportation Services for the latest parking regulations and rates.
Walgreens (store no. 5311) at the northwest corner of Maryland and Flamingo is the closest pharmacy to the dormitory.
1180 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
University Medical Clinic (UMC) will accept out-of-state medical insurance and Urgent Care is available on a walk-in basis.
UMC Spring Valley QuickCare
4180 S. Rainbow Blvd, Suite 810
Las Vegas, NV 89103
UMC Spring Valley QuickCare, 20 min drive from UNLV.