Summer Research Program in Biological Sciences and Chemistry
The Summer Research Program is a unique opportunity to conduct independent research projects in biological sciences or chemistry that will expose students to the techniques and processes of research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. A major goal of the program is to encourage talented undergraduate students to consider graduate study in biological sciences and chemistry.
The information below is tentative and approximate. Check back soon for definitive information.
• The Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry are currently accepting applications for placement into the following summer research opportunities for biological sciences, biochemistry, and chemistry students.
• The Summer Research Program is a paid 12-week program (May 4 – July 29, 2016).
• Students will work in a laboratory setting one-on-one with a scientist on an available project and are expected to work 40hrs/week for the duration of the program.
• All students will participate in a symposium and will make a short presentation based upon their research project.
• Oakland University Students are also encouraged to continue with their research project during the academic year by enrolling in BIO 490, BCM 490, or CHM 490.
College of Arts and Science Summer Research Fellowships
Oakland University undergraduates majoring in biological science, chemistry or biochemistry who have completed their freshman year by the end of winter 2016 are eligible to apply. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in science courses taken at OU is required for participation in the program. An interview may be requested.
Department of Biological Sciences Summer Research Fellowships
Oakland University undergraduates majoring in biology who have completed their freshman year by the end of winter 2016 are eligible to apply. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in science courses taken at OU is required for participation in the program. An interview may be requested.
Department of Chemistry Summer Research Fellowships
Oakland University undergraduates majoring in chemistry or biochemistry who have completed their freshman year by the end of winter 2016 are eligible to apply. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in science courses taken at OU is required for participation in the program. An interview may be requested.
Dershwitz Summer Research Fellowship
Oakland University undergraduates majoring in chemistry or biochemistry who have completed their sophomore year by the end of winter 2016 are eligible to apply. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 during the previous four semesters of study is required for participation in the program. An interview may be requested.
Oakland University Summer Research Fellowships
Oakland University undergraduates majoring in biological sciences, chemistry or biochemistry who have completed their freshman year by the end of winter 2016 are eligible to apply. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in science courses taken at OU is required for participation in the program. An interview may be requested.
Application materials should include:
- A completed application (available in electronic format /upload/docs/CBR/Application update.docx
- A brief resume
- A letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to your scientific interest and aptitude
OU faculty and staff letters of recommendation can be sent to email@example.com or campus mail to 265 MSC
Non-OU letters of recommendation should be sealed and sent directly to OU from the source. Please send recommendation via postal mail to the address at the end of this page.
- Unofficial transcripts from SAIL of all courses taken (including transcripts of courses not taken at OU). Please save transcripts as .doc(x), .pdf, or .jpeg.
- A list of three preferred mentors
Faculty Mentors from Biological Sciences:
Dr. Battistuzzi is a fully computational, dry lab with a focus on the evolution of microbes (prokaryotes and eukaryotes). Projects include: (i) evolution of early life, which provides students with the opportunity to work on high-end phylogenetics and molecular timing of early evolution of prokaryotes; (ii) evolution of genome complexity, with a focus on pathogens and their comparison to non-pathogenic species; (iii) software optimization for molecular clock methods carried out via large-scale simulation studies. Basic programming skills are not required to join the lab but can be helpful.
The project will involve studying transcriptional regulation in S. cerevisiae. The research focus is to understand how is RNA polymerase II responsible for transcription of all protein-coding genes, counteracts the barrier imposed by nucleosomes. Our published work indicates that a combination of factors (ATP-dependent chromatin remodelers, histone modifying complexes and histone chaperones) work together to dynamically disassemble nucleosome from the path of elongating Pol II, and reassemble in its wake.
Research will focus on plant ecology. Potential projects may involve the study of plant pollinators, habitat restoration, and/or plant chemical defenses and signaling.
Dr. Raffel uses a combination of field studies, experiments, and modeling to study the ecology of parasitism in aquatic systems. His current research focuses on developing and testing new ways to describe the thermal biology of disease in variable-temperature environments. Summer 2016 projects will include lab and field studies of the trematode parasites (snail-borne flatworms) that cause "swimmer's itch" in Michigan lakes.
Mi Hye Song
Molecular and genetic mechanisms of centrosome assembly; Mitotic spindle assembly and function; Cell cycle regulation using the nematode C. elegans.
Geographically separate ecosystems are often ecologically connected by flows of carbon and nutrients. Rivers receive nitrogen subsidies from the Pacific ocean in the form of migrating salmon; streams receive carbon from autumn-shed riparian leaves; riparian soils receive riverine sediments during flood events. Do human activities alter these connections? And if so, what are the ecological consequences? To answer these types of questions, Dr. Tiegs employs field-based experimental and observational approaches — usually in aquatic ecosystems — with the aim of better understanding how human activities impact aquatic ecosystems, and how undesired effects can be ameliorated through ecological restoration.
We are working on prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in foods such as ready to eat fruits and vegetables, seafood (shrimp), and lake and river water bodies.
Pathologic blood clotting (thrombosis) leading to heart attacks, strokes and venous thromboembolism is the leading cause of death in the USA. While the risk of developing thrombosis is known to be 60% heritable, only a few of the responsible genes have been identified. Our laboratory in using mouse heart attack and venous thromboembolism models to identify the genes involved in thrombosis.
Faculty Mentors from Chemistry:
Computer Modeling of Intermolecular Forces
Novel Synthetic Methods
Nucleoside (DNA/RNA) Analogs
Bioorganic and Organometallic Chemistry
New methods in Organic Synthesis
Organic molecule-catalyzed reactions
Transition metal-catalyzed reactions
Natural product/biologically active molecule synthesis
Electrochemical study of cancer biomarkers
Understanding tau protein: Alzheimer's Disease
Mechanisms of Radiation Damage to DNA
Electron Spin Resonance Analysis for Free Radicals
Quantum Chemistry Calculations of Free Radical Properties and Structure
Specific problems that we are investigating utilize qPCR to quantify and identify changes in aquatic microbial communities. These methods can be applied to recreational water quality, invasive species, and the problems experienced by Toledo and other Lake Erie Water Treatment Plants. We are also developing new mass spec methods for endocrine disrupting chemicals and cyanobacterial toxins.
Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry
Tetrapyrrole and lanthanide coordination chemistry; synthetic methods
Luminescence spectroscopy; solid state and near-infrared
Therapeutic development in vitro; tissue culture and fluorescence microscopy
Drug development in vivo; molecular imaging in small animal models
Novel Sensor technique and electrode array development
Novel Chemical and biointerface development for life science applications
Characterization and applications of Carbohydrates and Conductive Polymers
Analytical Applications of Ionic Liquids
Deadline: March 14, 2016 Notification of Acceptance: April 8, 2016
All completed applications must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-OU affiliated letters of recommendation can be mailed via the USPS to:
Undergraduate Summer Research
2200 Squirrel Rd
Rochester, MI 48309-4477
Any questions can be submitted via email to email@example.com
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