The Wadsworth Center participates in the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students are selected from colleges across the country to work for 10 weeks (from early June through mid-August) on independent research projects in the laboratories of Wadsworth scientists. Students will directly participate in research on:
- Basic immunology and host defense
- Gene expression and regulation
- Protein biochemistry and structure analysis
- Viral mechanisms and mechanisms of immunity
- Neurobiology and neurotoxicology
Students are provided with travel costs, a food allowance and a stipend of $4500. (Pending renewal of NSF grant funding in December 2007) Students are housed within walking distance of the labs.
- Applicants are sought who are majoring in a natural science (usually biological sciences or chemistry); who will have completed their second or third year of study by the summer; and who are interested in attending graduate school with the goal of pursuing a career in science. Students graduating May 2008 are not eligible.
- In addition to the on-line application, interested students should submit a resumé, official college transcripts, letters of recommendation from two faculty members, and a one-page statement describing why they want to participate in this program and stating their field of interest directly to the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
- Applications are encouraged from students attending colleges with limited research opportunities and from students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences, such as women, racial minorities and the physically challenged.
- Applicants must be citizens of the U.S. or permanent residents.