Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to let you know about a summer research opportunity for 
undergraduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences at the 
University of Cincinnati - the National Science Foundation-sponsored 
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Sensory Ecology. Our 
program is focused on research at the intersection of neurobiology, 
behavior, ecology and evolution, and is directed at understanding how 
animals sense and respond to their environment at functional and 
evolutionary levels. Sophomore and junior Biology major students will be 
chosen to join active lab groups for the summer and conduct cutting edge 
research over a broad spectrum of topics in sensory ecology, including:
· Genomics and development of sensory systems

· Neural mechanisms of sensory system function

· Sensory perception and behavioral influences of the physical environment

· Neuroethology

· Animal communication

· Behavioral ecology of animal movement and dispersal

An educational program will develop student research and professional 
skills and prepare them for graduate school or careers.

· 10 weeks in summer (May 29- Aug 3, 2018)

· Students will receive a summer stipend plus dorm and meal expenses

· Students will work in labs, interact w/ faculty mentors, post-docs and 
grad students

· Weekly group seminars and meetings for students (e.g., career 
development, responsible research conduct, panel discussions)

· Social events for students (e.g., trips to Cincinnati Zoo, Reds 

· Concluding student research “mini-symposium” presentation session

Student applicants will be selected based on multiple criteria. 
Applications for the REU program will be screened by a committee to select 
individuals whose interests are well-matched with faculty in the program. 
Emphasis will be placed on faculty recommendations and student statements, 
along with academic performance and other indicators of future research 
success. Note: Implementation of the REU program is contingent on National 
Science Foundation funding.

The application deadline is March 15, 2018.  Students can apply online 

We hope you will encourage your students to visit our website and consider 

Thank you.


Stephanie Rollmann, PhD ( and John Layne, PhD 

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