Other Opportunities: Summer 2015

Laboratory Opportunities for Cal Teach Students at UCSC


Cal Teach is co-sponsoring summer laboratory opportunities in two faculty research labs for experienced Cal Teach interns who are planning secondary teaching careers. These internships will require at least 20 hours/week in the lab for six weeks (see lab-specific dates below) AND enrollment in the Cal Teach summer research and teaching seminar which meets Wednesday afternoons at UC Berkeley, June 18-August 12. * The interns will receive a $2,500 stipend and will be reimbursed for the cost to enroll in the UC Berkeley course after successful completion of the course.
MCD Biology Professor Grant Hartzog and EE Biology Professor Rita Mehta will each host two interns. These faculty mentors expect the interns to work collaboratively with each other and with graduate students and other researchers in their labs.

Professor Hartzog (LAB DATES: July 6-Aug. 15): Eukaryotes store their DNA in the nucleus as a protein-DNA complex called chromatin. In my lab we study the role chromatin plays in gene expression and the mechanisms by which chromatin structure is manipulated to regulate transcription. We study this process in the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, using biochemistry and genetics. Undergraduate researchers in summer 2015 will have the choice of participating in our chromatin research or of following the model of a national experiment in bacteriophage genomics, Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (PHAGES). Interns will learn techniques to isolate, name, sequence, and analyze newly-discovered mycobacteriophages, and they will share their results via the Mycobacteriophage Database (phagesdb.org).

Professor Mehta (LAB DATES: June 15-July 31): One of the main research goals in my lab is to contribute towards our understanding of the form-function relationships in vertebrates.  I am particularly interested in the interaction between body shape and feeding mode.  Currently, we have a variety of projects devoted to the topics of body shape and feeding physiology. We are seeking enthusiastic undergraduates who are interested in learning basic experimental biology techniques such as clearing and staining, gross dissections, morphometrics, and experimentation related to digestion physiology.  My goal for hosting Cal Teach students is to provide them with hands-on research experience and comparative anatomy tools that they may incorporate into science activities for middle school and high school students.  My lab is located at the Long Marine Lab and is the academic home base of four graduate students, a postdoctoral researcher, and usually 3-5 undergraduate students.

To apply: Cal Teach interns who have completed at least CaT1 may apply by emailing Gretchen Andreasen (gha@ucsc.edu) with the subject header APPLICATION FOR SUMMER LAB INTERNSHIP. Interviews for top candidates will be scheduled. Your email should respond to the following questions (2-6 sentences for each question):

1) Which faculty sponsor you would like to work with and why?

2) Do you expect to have any other significant reponsibilities during the time frame of the internship and seminar? How will you balance competing responsibilities? How will you travel to and from Berkeley?

3) What are your current academic and professional goals?

The selection process will also take into account your UCSC academic record and your Cal Teach record.


Questions? Contact Gretchen Andreasen, gha@ucsc.edu.