The Flory Lab (florylab.com) at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, FL is seeking a
highly motivated undergraduate for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
position for summer 2018. This position is part of a larger research project funded by the
NSF/USDA/NIH Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease program aimed at
understanding how plant pathogens might mediate the long-term outcome of interactions
between an invasive grass (stiltgrass) and native plant species. With the help of mentors,
the REU student will develop an independent project, acquiring skills in question
formulation, experimental design and execution, data analysis, and science
communication. The experiment associated with this position will involve inoculating
invasive and native plants with fungal pathogens and tracking their performance over time.
The REU student will work closely with Amy Kendig, a postdoc in the Flory lab, and Luke
Flory, one of the project principal investigators, and will interact with other UF researchers
involved in the project.
Applicants must be enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program with an anticipated
graduation date after September 2018, and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
The ideal candidate will be interested in pursuing a graduate degree or career in ecology,
evolution, environmental science, or biology following graduation.
The REU position is 10-12 weeks in duration during summer 2018 with a flexible start date
and a stipend of $497/week.
To apply, send the following to Amy Kendig at firstname.lastname@example.org (if possible combined
as a single Word or PDF file):
1. A brief cover letter outlining your relevant experience, interest in the position, and
career goals (maximum one page, single spaced)
2. A resume or CV
3. Undergraduate transcript (official or unofficial)
4. Contact information for two references (faculty members are preferred)
Please email Amy with any questions. Review of applications will begin immediately, with a
final submission date of March 15, 2018.