Biological Sciences, Engineering and Technology: Materials, Physics: Biophysics
The REU-Blinks Summer Internship Program links undergraduate students with scientist-mentors as collaborators in marine science research projects. The program takes advantage of the pristine environment, remarkable biodiversity, and the scientific and technical resources at UW Friday Harbor Laboratories, a marine science research facility in the San Juan Islands.
We have combined the following programs into one rewarding summer internship program to encourage a shared experience:
NSF REU program
Blinks Research Fellowship program, which targets groups who are historically underrepresented in the marine sciences
In cooperation with the the National Science Foundation and the Anne Hof Blinks Memorial Fellowship, the REU-Blinks Program offers a full immersion research experience for motivated undergraduates, post-baccalaureates and graduate students. In keeping with UW policy of encouraging diversity in its student body including underrepresented groups, the program seeks 10-15 students of diverse backgrounds and interests to participate in a eight week summer research project in the marine sciences. By linking interns with marine scientists in a 1:1 research experience, interns learn both the process and the substance of scientific research. As the research progresses, interns will be encouraged to become semi-independent collaborators. The experience will expose interns to the life and work of a marine science research laboratory. The program will incorporate workshops, seminars and training sessions in addition to hands-on research.
The mentors and projects vary from year to year according to the developing research interests of resident and visiting researchers. Research projects are designed by the scientists to be achievable projects which dovetail with their research plans. Projects are posted below. Interns will work semi-independently with mentor supervision for approximately 40 hours per week.
As participants in the FHL community, interns will participate actively in FHL community activities, e.g. attend the weekly seminars, eat in the Dining Hall and live in the student dormitory. Early in the summer session, there will be a meeting of student participants with graduate students and mentors to share perspectives on graduate programs and participation in academic life, with a brief description of ongoing projects, and a question/answer session. At the end of their internship, interns will present their research in a short powerpoint talk. Interns will also write a scientific paper describing their work, and revise it based upon feedback from the mentor.
About Friday Harbor Laboratories
Friday Harbor Laboratories is a marine laboratory operated by the University of Washington
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