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NSF Summer REU in genomics (applications due Feb 28)
Posted Feb 18

We are seeking 2-4 undergraduate students to virtually join our lab for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) positions in the summer of 2021 (June 14-August 20, 2021). The positions are supported through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and participants will receive a $4000 stipend, and will be expected to participate part-time (20hr/week). Because the position is virtual, there is no limit on the geographical location of the student, however, due to our funding source, we are limited to individuals who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States and students who have not yet graduated from their undergraduate institution.

REU students will collaborate with our lab members to complete research projects in computational genetics. Potential projects center around using genomics as a tool to understand mammalian health and evolution–our lab primarily studies dogs and monkeys. The only expectation we have for the incoming student-researchers is to have some familiarity with genetics (e.g. an undergraduate genetics course). Students will receive mentoring as they learn the computational biological skills (including coding with command line and R) to analyze molecular data from non-human primates or dogs, as well as the communication and data visualization skills to present their findings to colleagues. More details about on-going projects in the Snyder-Mackler (SMack) lab can be found on our website’s research and publications pages.

The SMack lab is committed to maintaining and further developing an equitable and inclusive research environment and we welcome students from all backgrounds to apply. We are seeking passionate, enthusiastic undergraduates to join us for this opportunity – no prior research experience required! 

If interested, please submit this application by February 28, 2021. Feel free to email the principal investigator (PI)/faculty member at the head of this recruitment, Dr. Noah Snyder-Mackler ( with any questions.