NSF Summer Research Experience in Comparative Biomechanics, Paleontology and Evolution

Research Experience for Undergraduate positions are available at the University of Missouri Integrative Anatomy program for the summer of 2018. 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.

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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 2017.