Summer Research Programs

REU: Integrated Development of Bioenergy Systems 
Bioenergy Webpage

2011 Bioenergy REU

One of the greatest challenges facing 21st-century society is finding sustainable energy supply. Energy is ultimately the basis for a large part of the global economy, but today we are mostly dependent on nonrenewable fossil fuels, whose reserves are dwindling and their use contributes significantly to pollution and climate change.

Biomass from plants and algae represents an abundant carbon-neutral renewable resource for the production of energy and biomaterials. Whereas microbes offer efficient and sustainable ways to convert this biomass into liquid fuels or chemical feedstock currently derived from fossil fuels. With adequate research and proper implementation, plants, algae, and microorganisms can help address the energy crisis.

Undergraduate students with a background in Biology as well as those with training in Mathematics or Computer Science who would like to gain research experience in Biology are strongly encouraged to apply. Each student will be assigned a faculty mentor and participate actively in the design and implementation of a ten-week research project.

Students will explore the frontiers of knowledge and learn cutting edge techniques while having access to state-of-the-art instrumentation in individual labs as well as in the core facilities. A weekly seminar series will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas with other students, researchers, and faculty. The program also offers a number of social and recreational activities as well as several self-help seminars for students interested in attending graduate school.

REU: Training in Redox Biology

Redox Biology Website

The Nebraska Redox Biology Center at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, offers qualified undergraduates an opportunity to pursue independent research projects in redox biochemistry. Research areas range from molecular medicine to environmental biochemistry and plant biochemistry.

Students will participate in exciting projects at the cutting edge of research in redox biology. They will formulate and test hypotheses, develop experimental problem-solving skills, and receive training in biochemical, biophysical and molecular biology techniques. Students will also be exposed to a variety of instrumentation such as HPLC and FPLC systems, EPR spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy and microscopy which are located in the Beadle Center.

The ten-week summer program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense and will place the student with a faculty mentor in whose lab the student's research project will be pursued. The student will participate fully in the life of the mentor's lab. In addition, there will be informal meetings of all program participants to exchange information on the research being done and to discuss areas of biochemistry/redox biology that are of particular interest and excitement. There will also be weekly meetings in which various scientists describe the latest advances in their own research or career opportunities in biomedical or biotechnology fields. Social, recreational and cultural events with program participants and faculty will further enhance informal interactions. The summer experience will be capped by a luncheon and poster presentation session in which program participants will present a poster on their project and receive certificates of completion.


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