Summer undergraduate and high school internships available in the Patek Lab

AEOP summer internships - Biomechanics of Ultrafast Movements

The Patek Lab in the Biology Department at Duke University is recruiting one undergraduate and one high school student researcher through the US Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) during the summer of 2018. The students will participate in projects examining fast, impulsive movements of organisms in the natural environment. Possible focal systems for the project are trap-jaw ants, ballistic plants and fungi. Responsibilities of the student researchers may include collecting study organisms from local habitats, obtaining high-speed videos of organisms, analyzing high-speed videos using computer software, performing statistical analyses and scientific writing. The details of responsibilities and tasks will be determined based on mutual interests of the students and the mentors. There are also possibilities for the students to develop individual projects under our mentorship. Students in the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) receive an educational stipend equivalent to $15 per hour, and are allowed to work up to 300 hours total. Students in the High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) receive an educational stipend equivalent to $10 per hour, and are allowed to work up to 300 hours total.

We are looking for motivated, reliable students who are excited about having first-hand research experience at the intersection of biology and physics. Previous experience performing the above-mentioned tasks are not required. We especially value students who are curious and hard-working. For more information about the Patek Lab, please visit our website: http://www.thepateklab.org

Application DEADLINE: Feb 28, 2018. Please direct questions to Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Sarah Longo (sarah.longo@duke.edu).

INSTRUCTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES: For more information about the URAP program see the AEOP website. All applicants must submit transcripts, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and must have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. Applicants must also include a brief essay that explains their interest in working with the Patek lab at Duke and how it relates to their future goals. Generic statements will not be considered.

Applications must be submitted via the URAP website.

Select "Apply" at the bottom of the page
· Fill out the forms
· At "Please select your 1st preference of URAP location,” please select "B453 Duke University"

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:  For more information about the HSAP program see the AEOP website. All applicants must submit transcripts, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and must have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. Applicants must also include a brief essay that explains their interest in working with the Patek lab at Duke and how it relates to their future goals. Generic statements will not be considered. Note that Students must be CURRENT 10th or 11th graders to apply and be rising 11th or 12th graders during the summer they participate in this program.
Applications must be submitted via the HSAP website.  Select "Apply" at the bottom of the page
· Fill out the forms
· At "Please select your 1st preference of HSAP location,” please select "B453 Duke University"

 

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