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LIU Post to Offer Paid Research Internships with Leading Scientists this Summer

LIU Post to Offer Paid Research Internships with Leading Scientists this Summer


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

LIU Post, a campus of Long Island University, one of the largest private universities in America, is offering undergraduate college students the opportunity to conduct research in the labs of leading scientists in biology, psychology and neuroscience.

The program will fund four highly-motivated undergraduate students to work with LIU Post science faculty for 10-week research projects from June 2 to August 12, 2013. The program is open to college undergraduates from across the nation.

Internships include a $3,000 student stipend and financial support for on-campus housing. Up to $500 in additional funding is available for research materials.

Last year’s internships paired three undergraduate biology majors from LIU Post, and a fourth from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) with mentors from the faculty of LIU Post’s Biology Department, including Dr. Karen Melkonian, Dr. Kent Hatch, Dr. April Blakeslee and Dr. Matthew Draud.

Trevor Williams (Miami/Ohio) joined Dr. Draud’s conservation team to study nesting habits of the diamondback terrapin. Melanie Bram (LIU Post) worked with Dr. Blakeslee exploring the effect of a certain bacterial infection on a globally invasive green crab species. Jack Scorcese (LIU Post) examined methods for extracting DNA from the defensive hair of tarantula, working with Dr. Melkonian. Nichole Ginnan (LIU Post), working with Dr. Hatch, examined the effect of toe-clipping (a method for marking small animals in studies) on the growth, stress, and survival of frogs and toads.  She will present her results at the meetings of the American Society of Icthyology and Herpetology in Albuquerque, NM, July 12-15, 2013.

Information about the research programs of the faculty members participating in the Summer Internship Program can be found at:

Students should review the research descriptions of the participating faculty, and indicate up to three projects that interest them.

Students interested in being considered for the Summer Internship program must complete an application and have two letters of reference sent to the selection committee by March 1, 2013.

Candidates will be notified of the status of their application by March 15, 2013.

The application and all supporting material can be sent to:
Biology Department
c/o Matthew Draud
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300

The program is sponsored by the LIU Office of Academic Affairs, the Provost's Office, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Biology Department at LIU Post.

Posted 02/19/2013

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