Molecular Genetics & Proteomics program
This National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) funded program is a ten-week summer program. The program begins with an intensive three-week laboratory course at Itasca Biological Station & Laboratories followed by a workshop in proteomics on the Twin Cities campus. The laboratory course in molecular genetics introduces students to basic techniques used in gene cloning, expression, and analysis and provides the background in molecular approaches used in this high-profile discipline. The proteomics workshop gives students the theoretical background and practical experience in protein analysis and identification. The remaining seven weeks of this program are spent on the Twin Cities campus in a faculty member’s laboratory participating in a research project that uses molecular genetics and proteomics approaches to address important biological questions.
Heart, Lung, & Blood program
The Heart, Lung, & Blood (HLB) program is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH). Students will spend ten weeks in clinical or basic research projects designed to understand the molecular and cellular basis of cardiovascular, pulmonary, or hematologic disorders.
Of the HLB cohort, ONLY six (6) students will be selected to participate in a Pre-MSTP subprogram. If you are interested in pursuing a combined MD/PhD degree, you should select HLB as one of your options on the application. Those accepted will spend 10 weeks in the lab of a physician-scientist, have the opportunity to shadow their lab mentor in clinical activities, and have regular interactions with current MSTP students. Competitive applicants for the Pre-MSTP subprogram will have: 1) completed their junior year of undergraduate studies at the time of entrance into the pre-MSTP; 2) a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5; and 3) a letter of recommendation from a research mentor that speaks to your qualifications for the MD/PhD career track.
The Neuroscience Program features a full ten weeks of research experience in one of the over 100 neuroscience laboratories here at University of Minnesota. Topics range from basic research to models of disease states such as drug addiction or neurodegenerative disorders. Although it helps to have taken some chemistry and biology coursework, our students traditionally come from a variety of backgrounds. We provide a brief classroom “Introduction to Neuroscience” to ensure all our students have a useful level of background knowledge to supplement the laboratory experience they enjoy. In addition, there are Neuroscience seminars and presentations to supplement the students’ research experiences. The Neuroscience Program is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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Waiting for NSF approval of grant submission for Summer 2014.
LSSURP Compensation Package
|Heart, Lung, & Blood||Molecular Genetics & Proteomics||Neuro-science|
Research Fee (to be deducted from stipend)
|Total Compensation Package||$8,600||$8,600||$8,600|
* round trip airfare ONLY - approximate value
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