The Plant – Microbe Interface:
An NSF-REU Summer Undergraduate Research Program
June 3 – August 9, 2013
Applications will be accepted starting January 1,2013 through March 8,2013
With support from the NSF-REU grant program and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in a 10-week intensive research program during the summer.
Students will pursue independent research projects that tackle contemporary challenges that can be addressed by a better understanding of the plant-microbe interface. These challenges include the development of next generation biofuels, strategies to ensure the integrity and safety of the global food and fiber supply, and approaches for enhancing agricultural sustainability.
Students will also gain experience in critically analyzing life science research papers, discussing leading edge scientific developments, and writing and speaking about scientific findings. Students will be active participants in the scientific life of the department. They will participate in weekly research meetings and interact with faculty, students and scientists with diverse expertise across campus. The program will also provide a GRE preparation course and opportunities for collegial and social interactions outside of the laboratory.
Financial support will include a stipend of $5000 in addition to living expenses on campus. Assistance with travel expenses will also be provided.
The program is open to entering junior and senior undergraduate students majoring in the any chemical, physical or life science. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated a track record of research interest and academic excellence. Our program is committed to providing research opportunities for students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences.
How to apply
- Interested students can apply by online application when applications are being accepted only
- Students can contact Directors by phone at 979-845-7311 or e-mail
- Dr.Carlos Gonzalez (email@example.com) or
- Dr.Paul de Figueiredo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Application due date
Applications to the program must be received by March 8, 2013. The following materials must be included in the application packet:
(1) completed application form, including statement of purpose and goals;
(2) Please request two references who can comment on your preparation, interests, and appropriateness for this research experience to email a reference to TAMUREU2012@gmail.com ;
(3) Mail academic transcript from your undergraduate institution to address below.
Please send official transcripts sent to:
ATTN: Carlos F. Gonzalez or Paul de Figueiredo
Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
Texas A&M University;120 Peterson
College Station, Texas 77843-2132