Research Experience for Undergraduates:
Expanding Scientific Investigation Through
Welcome to the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University!
The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and has been held each summer since 2008 to allow undergraduates to experience researching in various projects dealing with entomology.
During the summer, students work closely for 10 weeks with a faculty mentor and conduct independent research projects in areas including biochemical analyses, DNA sequencing and extraction, analysis of gene expression, molecular marker development, physiological and toxicological bioassays, and stereomicroscopy, compound microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Students will also gain experience in applying research results to practical problems while conducting their research projects in their faculty mentor's laboratory.
Students are also involved in campus-wide REU science discussion groups and social activities, experimental design practicums, short courses to introduce and/or review quantitative methods used in entomological research, and workshops in developing effective oral and written presentations.
Congratulations to Jennifer Rhinesmith on receiving the Best Presentation for a Non- Doctoral Student at the North American Forensic Entomology Association meeting in Las Vegas in July 2012. Her presentation title was "Quorum Sensing by Escherichia coli Serves as an Interkingdom Signal with Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae)"
Rhinesmith is a student studying under the SPUR (Summer Program for Undergraduate Research) program. She is being mentored by Dr. Jeff Tomberlin.
Congratulations to Former REU Student Michael Diaz received First Place in the Non Doctoral Student Platform at the North American Forensic Entomology Association meeting on July 21.
Diaz mentored under Dr. Jeff Tomberlin in 2010.