Microbial Friends and Foes (MFF), NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 

Program Organizers

Teresa Pawlowska, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Esther Angert, Microbiology
Tory Hendry, Microbiology

The goal of the Microbial Friends & Foes REU Summer Site is to expose undergraduate students to concepts, research questions, and experimental approaches central to understanding microbial interactions with eukaryotic hosts and to inspire them to seek careers in science.  Participants will be placed in host labs where they will work with a faculty mentor as well as graduate student and postdoctoral mentors to develop and implement an independent research project.  The research of potential faculty mentors falls broadly into three themes currently growing within the field of host-microbe interactions: (i) the ecology and evolution of microbe-eukaryote interactions, (ii) mechanisms underlying host-microbe interactions, and (iii) genetic and genomic analysis of microbes related to their associations with eukaryotic hosts.

​The Program is scheduled from June 8th to August 14th, 2020.  Students will receive a stipend of $6000, travel subsidy, meal allowance and on-campus housing.  Applicants will be selected in a two-step review process by the Program selection committee and potential mentors.