Summer positions open: high school and undergraduate students

The Patek Lab  is recruiting one high school and one undergraduate student researcher through the US Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) during the summer of 2016. The students will participate in projects examining fast, impulsive movements of animals in the natural environment. The focal systems for the project are catapult jumping in froghopper insects and underwater foraging attacks in dragonfly larvae. Responsibilities of the student researchers may include collecting study organisms from local habitats, obtaining high-speed videos of animals, 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.

We are looking for motivated, reliable students who are excited about having first-hand research experience at the intersection of biology and physics. Skills to perform the above-mentioned tasks are not required. We especially value students who are curious, hard-working and have an open mind about the possibilities of basic, scientific research.  For more information about The Patek Lab, please visit our website:

DEADLINE: February 15, 2016, 11:59 pm.  All applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, transcripts and must have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 in their coursework.  Applicants must also include a brief essay that explains their interest in this research and how it relates to their future goals.

Go to the below links and:

Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page

* Fill out the forms

* When you get to "Please select your 1st preference of URAP location.", Select "BDNC53 Duke University"

For high school students, please apply through the HSAP program:


For undergraduate students, please apply through the URAP program:




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