Three, funded MS positions are open in the Sandmeier lab, starting in January 2023 at Colorado State University-Pueblo. The three projects focus on temperature-dependence and thermal acclimation of immune function (phagocytosis by leukocytes, including B1 lymphocytes) and nasal bacteria in desert tortoises. The selected MS students are expected to collaborate with each other, and to each head a team of paid undergraduate students to complete the projects. In addition, MS students will help develop teaching materials for an undergraduate course and work with me to conduct outreach projects at the local Nature and Discovery Center in the final year of the project. CSUP is a comprehensive, regional university in southern Colorado and a Hispanic Serving Institute. The Biology Department supports a graduate program of roughly 30 MS students per year, and has several new, grant-funded programs to support undergraduates and MS students in conducting research projects with faculty.
Funding is through a grant from the National Science Foundation, and includes a research assistantship of $18,000 per year, for three years, as well as a tuition scholarship.
Please submit a letter of intent, a CV, and 2 letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org, by August 31. In the letter of intent, address your interest/past experience in research, interest in working to increase diversity in STEM fields, and interest in outreach and education. Selection of candidates will be prioritized by the letter of intent, more so than by past GPA or GRE scores. Priority will be given to regional applicants and applicants that represent and/or are passionate about increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information. I will conduct interviews in early September, to allow for plenty of time for selection of candidates and for candidates to formally apply to the Biology MS program. To be considered for an MS position, a BS or BA in Biology, or a related field, is required.