WRITER: LENA BAKER
CONTACT: JENNIFER BROWN
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Sept. 25, 2001
Department of Microbiology offers research program for undergraduate students
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Researchers in the University of Iowa department of microbiology
are using a five-year, $359,143 grant from the National Science Foundation
(NSF) to provide undergraduate students who are interested in science careers
an opportunity to experience life as a research scientist.
The UI program, which was initiated in 1993 and has been funded by NSF for
five of the last nine years, allows eligible undergraduate students in the
biological sciences to spend nine weeks working in a research laboratory with
one of 25 participating microbiology researchers. The students work with their
faculty mentors in designing, conducting and interpreting experiments to answer
specific scientific questions. At the end of the nine weeks, the students
present their research.
This past summer, students pursued projects in research areas including bacterial
and viral gene expression, virus structure and assembly, bioremediation, and
industrial microbiology. Several projects also focused on how bacteria and
viruses cause disease in humans and how the human immune system responds to
The research program strives to give students hands-on experience in carrying
out a basic research project directed at asking a scientific question and
appears to be achieving its goals.
"The program was a resounding success," said Michael Feiss, Ph.D.,
UI professor of microbiology. Feiss, along with his colleague, Richard Roller,
Ph.D., UI professor of microbiology, are co-directors of the program.
To be eligible for the program, students must be citizens or permanent residents
of the United States and have completed their sophomore or junior year towards
a bachelors degree in a biological science. The deadline for students
to apply for consideration for next summer's program is Feb. 15, 2002.
For more information about the summer research program, including eligibility,
financial support and how to apply, go to the UI department of microbiologys
Web site at www.uiowa.edu/~microbe/
and click on "summer research."
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