Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students

Title 
Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students
Institution 
Collaborative: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Parkland College
Institution Type 
a research university and a community college
City 
Champaign
State 
IL
Field 
biology: cellular and molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, plant biology, entomology, crop and soil biology
Start Date 
5/23/18
End Date 
8/1/18
Stipend 
$5500
Hrs / Week 
40
Deadline 
3/15/18
Description 
PRECS: Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students is an opportunity for 10 community college students to conduct research for 10 weeks during the summer. PRECS is a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, located in Urbana, IL, and Parkland College, located Champaign, IL. The program will begin with a boot camp at Parkland College on topics ranging from specific laboratory methods to discussions of research ethics. Students will then join a research immersion program within a research lab at the University of Illinois in the area of phenotypic plasticity, the phenomenon of a single genotype producing multiple phenotypes depending on environment. Possible research projects include but are not limited to the interaction between genotype and ozone pollution on maize growth, the effect of environmental stress on neuroanatomy, and the interactions of genes and environment on fish behavior. Students will present their research at their home community college as well as at an undergraduate research symposium on the University of Illinois campus.
Qualifications 
Full time commitment to 10 week program, Current community college student, US citizen or permanent resident, Successful completion of General Biology I (required) and General Chemistry I (preferred)
Contact 
Britt Carlson or Nathan Schroeder
URL 
https://precs.igb.illinois.edu/
Email 
ccarlson@parkland.edu or nes@illinois.edu
Number of Participants 
10
Housing Provided 
yes
Subsistence Provided 
yes