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REU Site:  Ecology at the Urban-Rural Interface

Department of Biology, The University of Akron

Summer 2011

Application Instructions:

Your application packet must include:

1. Application form below (online application or hard copy; online preferred)
2. Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable; electronic delivery preferred)
3. Two letters of recommendation (
electronic delivery preferred)


When you are finished with the online application, click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page to send your application.  Please note that you cannot save this form.  If you do not "Submit" the form, your information will be lost!  If you need to start over, click "Reset."  Note that this will clear the entire form.  To change specific text, highlight and use your delete button.


Send hard copy materials to:

REU Program
Department of Biology

The University of Akron

Akron, OH 44325-3908


Send electronic files to:

Dr. Randy Mitchell,


The Application


First:  Middle Initial:  Last: 


School Address:
City:  State:  Zip Code:  


Home Address:
City:  State:  Zip Code:  



Universities and/or Colleges Attended:


City:  State:  Zip Code: 


Expected graduation date (MM/YYYY): 

GPA (based on a 4.0 scale): 


City:  State:  Zip Code: 



Personal Information:

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 


Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident thereof?  (If the answer to this question is "No," you are not eligible for this program.)


If selected, will you require on-campus housing?


What is your academic status?

Pre-Freshman (beginning Freshman Fall 2009)




Senior (must not graduate before Dec. 2010)


Gender (optional): 


One of the goals of our program is to increase participation of groups that are considered under-represented in science. Please indicate your inclusion in one of the following groups: 
 Native American (American Indian or Alaskan Native)
 African American
 Native Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian)



Some REU positions will be co-sponsored by the McNair Scholars Program at The University of Akron.  The goal of the McNair program is to help economically disadvantaged, first generation, or underrepresented students pursue graduate education. The McNair Scholars Program provides graduate school advising, help with application fees, seminars and workshops, and access to McNair-only scholarships/fellowships.  Students who will have completed their sophomore year before the start of the REU program may qualify.


Please indicate whether you are eligible for the McNair Scholars Program below.  Select all eligibility criteria that apply.

(Note:  You must attend an Ohio school or be a resident of Ohio in order to qualify.) 


A member of a group that is underrepresented.

A first-generation college student AND a member of a household with income within the Financial Eligibility Guidelines.

I am not eligible for the McNair Scholars Program.



Please list previous research experience, pertinent employment history, and other special qualifications. If you like, you may copy and paste your resume.

** It is easiest to use a word processor to compose the text for your responses, then copy and paste into the boxes below.**



For this REU program, we are looking for students: 1) with an interest in ecological research, 2) for whom an independent research experience would play a pivotal role in choosing and successfully pursuing graduate school and/or a career, 3) who do not have similar opportunities though their home institutions, and 4) who have the academic training and personal qualities needed to succeed in a research program requiring independent and collaborative work. With these criteria in mind, please explain your interest in ecological research, your current career plans, and how participating in this program could help you in your degree program and your future pursuits. Be as specific as possible.


Please give the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two (2) individuals whom you have asked to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf:



Use this space to provide additional information you would like to bring to the attention of the review committee (for example, dates you are available that might differ from the program dates).  This space is only for additional comments and may be left blank.



Mentor Selection:

After viewing the list of potential faculty mentors and visiting their webpages to learn more about their research interests, select three (3) from the list below with whom you would be interested in working.  Rank your selections in order of preference (1 = first choice, 2 = second choice, 3 = third choice).

 Dr. Todd Blackledge -- behavioral ecology; evolution and biomechanics of spider silk
 Dr. Bruce Cushing -- behavioral neuroscience

 Dr. Peter Lavrentyev -- aquatic ecology; microbial food webs
 Dr. Rich Londraville -- fat metabolism in fishes; calcium cycling; field capture of carp to support a project on that species

 Dr. Chris Miller -- reservoir drinking water monitoring and modeling; environmental science
 Dr. Randy Mitchell -- plant-pollinator interactions; foraging behavior of pollinators; effects of climate change on wetland plants
 Dr. Paco Moore -- evolutionary genetics; vertebrate zoology

Dr. Peter Niewiarowski -- biologically-inspired design; physiological ecology; population biology of reptiles and amphibians

Dr. Don Ott -- molecular phylogeny of Vaucheria; cell biology and microscopy
 Dr. Dan Petit -- conservation biology of neotropical migrant songbirds
 Dr. Matt Shawkey -- structural coloration in bird plumage; evolution of animal signaling

 Dr. Greg Smith -- wildlife ecology and conservation; biogeography; landscape ecology; urban ecology
 Dr. Steve Weeks -- evolution of mating systems in clam shrimp


Undecided / No Preference


How did you hear about The University of Akron's REU program in field ecology?

 Poster / Flyer
 WWW Search
 NSF Website 
 Professor / Instructor
 Email Listserve (or forwarded email)

Facebook or other social networking site

Prior Student
 Other, please describe:





To complete this application, please have transcripts and two (2) letters of recommendations sent to the email or address provided at the top of this page.  Electronic copies of materials are preferred.


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