NSF Summer Research Experience in Comparative Biomechanics, Paleontology and Evolution

Inside_Dinosaurs REU 2016Research Experience for Undergraduate positions are available at the University of Missouri Integrative Anatomy program for the summer of 2016. THE REU students will design and conduct studies that explore the anatomy and biomechanics of birds, dinosaurs, and reptiles as part of the NSF-sponsored Inside Dinosaurs program to better understand the evolution of vertebrate feeding biomechanics and the origins of avian cranial kinesis. The REU students will work with a team of researchers under the supervision of Drs. Casey Holliday and Kevin Middleton. We are particularly interested in students interested in conducting projects in comparative biomechanics, vertebrate paleontology and skeletal tissue biology. The REU students will be involved in all components of their project as well as a variety of related projects being conducted by other researchers.

The REU students will join a broader summer internship program through the University of Missouri. In addition to a full-time faculty-mentored research experience, students engage in educational programming including professional development, topical small group seminars, 14 evening lectures given by University of Missouri faculty and staff, and social activities. All students participating in the Summer Program develop a research abstract and create a poster to present at the Summer Forum.

Candidates must be available for May 31-July 30th. We will provide transportation fees, room and board at University of Missouri dormitory and dining facilities, transportation fees, support for their research and a $3500 stipend.

The ideal candidate should be interested in pursuing a career in anatomy, paleontology or biomechanics, creative, industrious, detail-oriented and comfortable working as part of a research team. Experience with field, collections, or laboratory work in these areas is a plus but not necessary. Background or at least coursework in biology, anatomy, physiology, mathematics, or geology is required. To be eligible you must not have received your degree before January 2016.

Application deadline: March 1, 2016

Applications should include: copy of unofficial transcripts, contact information for two academic references, CV/resume and an one page statement that describes your interest in the REU position, academic goals and any previous research experiences.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Casey Holliday at hollidayca@missouri.edu with ‘2016 REU application” in the subject line. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


About Casey

I am an Associate Professor of Anatomy at University of Missouri-Columbia. I teach Anatomy for the Medical School. I conduct research on the evolutionary morphology of vertebrates, particularly the structure, function, and evolution of the feeding apparatus. Much of this involves studying the biology of bone, cartilage and muscle. of dinosaurs and fossil crocs. I have a great job.
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