Faculty team wins award to start summer research program in evolutionary science

Faculty team wins award to start summer research program in evolutionary science

A faculty team at the University of Iowa has won funding to create a summer research program open to undergraduate students across the United States.

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates award will support the training of 10 students during each summer through 2021. The students will conduct research in evolutionary science, and will partner with UI faculty in the departments of anthropology, biology, and earth and environmental sciences. Research projects are expected to span a wide range of topics, including animal behavior, paleontology, and genome evolution.

As part of the program, students will learn about research best practices, participate in career workshops, create a digital exhibit for the UI’s Museum of Natural History, and make formal presentations based on their work.

The $359,955 award comes from the U.S. National Science Foundation. The principal investigators are Andrew Forbes and Maurine Neiman, faculty in the Department of Biology.