REU Mechanisms of Evolution Site Grant

Undergraduate projects funded by the REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution will focus on biological processes, such as mutation, genetic drift, migration, non-random mating, and natural selection that drive heritable change.

The inspiration for this proposal is the celebrated essay, "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution" by Theodosius Dobzhansky. The goals of this proposal are to provide undergraduates with hypothesis-based projects that investigate one or more mechanisms of evolution, promote careers in science, reinforce the connection between genetics and evolution, and highlight the accomplishments of evolutionary scholars.

At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research results at a scientific colloquium. Students will receive a $5,000 salary, housing, and a travel subsidy. More information is available by contacting Kurt Regner, Ph.D., at [email protected].