2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Plant Science

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2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Plant Science

Blancaflor, Elison
Position:  Summer Research Scholar
Position ID:  AD-T071-268

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc. is accepting applications for the position of Summer Research Scholar (temporary position).

Qualifications:
Am I eligible to be a Noble Scholar?
Noble Scholar candidates must:
* Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in a college or university within the United States, such program resulting in the award of a baccalaureate or associate's degree;
* Have completed their sophomore year (at least 56 credit hours) with a declared major in a plant science, life science, chemistry or bioinformatics field with appropriate course work (research experience is not required);
* Be legally authorized to work in the United States (for any employer) and will not require employment visa sponsorship for this internship; and
* Be capable of working 40 hours per week for 10 weeks.

Duration:  June 3 - August 9, 2013.
Hourly Rate: $12.00 per hour. Noble Scholars earn approximately $4,800 for the 10-week program (earnings subject to applicable state and federal taxes). Noble Scholars work 40 hours per week and payments are made semi-monthly.

Job Description:
The Scholar Program gives each participating student-Scholar an opportunity to interact in a plant science-related research environment, develop practical research skills and build relationships with scientific mentors.

Program:
Scholars are paired with a scientist-mentor from the Foundation's plant molecular biology research group (Plant Biology Division) or the Foundation's translational and application research group (Forage Improvement Division). Placement is based on the Scholar's research preference and educational experience. No research experience is required.

Each mentor will design a research project specifically tailored to their Scholar, such project ultimately being refined through an interaction between the mentor and his/her Scholar.

Research opportunities exist in the following fields:

* Applied Genomics
* Analytical Biochemistry
* Biochemistry
* Bioinformatics
* Cell Biology
* Developmental Biology
* Genetics/Genomics
* Genetics of Disease
* Metabolomics/Proteomics/Functional Genomics
* Molecular Biology
* Molecular Breeding
* Molecular Plant Pathology
* Phytochemistry
* Plant-Microbe Interactions
* Structural Biology
* Transformation
* Viral Evolution

The research projects reinforce the Scholars' understanding of fundamental scientific principles. Scholars will formulate hypotheses, design and execute experiments to test such hypotheses and assess and draw conclusions from their empirical results. Scholars are encouraged to regularly discuss their efforts and results with their mentor and other members of their laboratory as well as other Scholars.

Scholars are integrated into a laboratory setting. Scholars will participate in all regular laboratory activities, including group meetings, seminars and research group discussions. At the conclusion of the program, Scholars will prepare a presentation concerning their research project. Scholar presentations will be held in the Foundation's Kruse Auditorium near the conclusion of the program. Mentors will assist Scholars in developing their presentations.

Program Housing:
The Noble Foundation will provide accommodations for all out-of-area Noble Scholars.

Other Requirements:
Must be willing to reside in the Ardmore, Oklahoma area during employment and must have a valid driver's license.

University Credit:
May be able to receive course credit. Applicant should check with faculty advisor for details. Requirements will vary by institution.

Application Instructions:
Applicants are requested to apply online by completing the application and submitting an official copy of all university/college transcripts, one letter of recommendation and a statement explaining interest in the position and career goals.

Interested applicants should apply online at http://www.noble.org/summer-scholar. The application deadline is February 8, 2013.

Contact Information:
For more information about the program or application process, please visit www.noble.org/summer-scholar or contact Emily Rousey by telephone at 580.224.6206 or by email at [hidden email].

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