2014 Virology

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SROP: Undergraduate Summer Research Experience in Virology

Join faculty finding solutions to diseases of epidemic proportions including HIV/AIDS, Herpesvirus, Human Papilloma Virus, and Chlorellavirus Biology.

Virology scholars

2014 Dates and Stipend

Start: June 2, 2014
End: August 6, 2014
Stipend: $4,000

Contact Info

Ms. Pamela Snyder 
Training Coordinator
SROP Website

Who Should Apply

Related majors and areas

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology


Participation in the Nebraska Summer Research Program is limited to students who meet the following criteria:
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Current undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor's degree
For more information, refer to the eligibility page.

This program gives preference to and encourages applications from students whose primary interest is exploring a career in biomedical research.

How to Apply

Steps and Required Items

To apply, follow these application steps to submit the following materials.

Application Timeline

  • Fri., Nov. 15, 2013 — Application opens
  • Sat., Feb. 1, 2014 — Priority deadline
  • Mon., Feb. 17, 2014 — Application deadline
  • Sat., Mar. 15, 2014 — Decisions complete
See more timeline information.

Events and Benefits

Program Events

  • Weekly mentor/mentee lunches
  • Campus and department orientation
  • Department seminars and presentations
  • Professional development workshops (e.g., applying to graduate school, taking the GRE)
  • Welcome picnic
  • Day trip to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Canoe and camping trip
  • Research symposium


  • Competitive stipend
  • Double-occupancy room and meal plan
  • Travel expenses to and from Lincoln
  • Campus parking and/or bus pass
  • Full access to the Campus Recreation Center and campus library system
  • Wireless internet access
Learn more about academic and financial benefits.

Research and Mentors

Virology lab

The Nebraska Center for Virology research topics are challenging and meritorious exploring problems of epidemic proportions facing mankind including AIDS and HIV replication and pathogenesis, herpesvirus latency and cancer, human papilloma virus and cancers, and chlorellavirus biology. Our goals include designing novel vaccines and therapeutic strategies to block disease.

During the summer program, students work with our faculty alongside current graduate students and postdoctoral research associates in their labs where cutting-edge techniques and the latest instrumentation are used. Students have the opportunity to design and implement a tailor-made research project according to their interests. Students are also exposed to the research of others and have the opportunity to attend weekly lab meetings and seminars where new ideas are exchanged and explored.

This ten-week summer research experience is culminated in a research fair that will provide an opportunity for you to prepare and present a poster showcasing your research project findings and progress.

In addition, after receiving a bachelor's degree, students are encouraged to apply for graduate school fellowships through our federally funded National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. This is a prestigious program offered at the Nebraska Center for Virology that selects and prepares individuals with exceptional potential and academic credentials for careers that will have a significant impact on the nation's biomedical research agenda.

2014 Mentors and Projects

Biological Sciences
Replication and encapsidation of human papillomaviruses
Biological Sciences
Innate immune response to influenza infections; generation and regulation of cytolytic CD 4 T cells.
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Latency-reactivation cycle of alpha-herpes viruses, innate immune response, and viral transcription
Biological Sciences
Investigation of HIV-1 mucosal transmission and its prevention using rhesus macaque, humanized mouse and HIV patients.
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Swine virology: studies on viral pathogenesis, immunology and vaccinology which are centered on the pig. Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV)
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Replication and assembly of RNA viruses
Plant Pathology
The isolation and characterization of large dsDNA (encode >300 proteins) viruses that infect chlorella-like green algae
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Intrinsic intracellular immune defenses against viral DNA
Biological Sciences
HIV and Kaposi's sarcoma herpes virus transmission and molecular biology
Veterinary & Biomedical Services
HIV vaccine design or OPPV-host interactions
Biological Sciences
The herpesvirus-host interactions, the biology of the family of interferon regulatory factors, and the treatments for herpesvirus-triggered cancers