UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS
Department of Biology and Biochemistry, Bishop’s University
The Weraduwage Lab in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, Bishop’s University, focuses on discovering strategies to enhance plant growth, productivity and resilience to stress under future climate conditions. They are seeking an undergraduate student enrolled in the BSc Major BIO (Biodiversity Ecology), BSc Major BIO (Health Sciences) or BSc Major Biochemistry programs at Bishop’s University to carry out research during the summer 2024.
Research project: Investigating the ability of isoprene to enhance growth and resistance to stress in neighboring non-emitters.
The selected student will carry out research on isoprene, a volatile hemiterpene produced by some plants (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6501071/). Isoprene has been found to protect plants from heat and oxidative stress and is predicted to have an important role in controlling plant resilience to stress under climate change. The student will carry out experiments to test whether non-emitting plants growing in close proximity to an isoprene- emitting plant exhibit altered growth and resistance to stress. Most of the research will be carried out at the growth chamber Facilities of University of Sherbrooke under the co-supervision of Dr. Sarathi Weraduwage and Prof. Peter Moffet.
The student participating in this project will gain experience in:
· Growth and maintenance of poplar and Arabidopsis (the model plant of genetics)
· Growing plants under controlled environmental conditions
· Plant growth analyses and studying the effects of plant responses to abiotic and biotic stress (e.g., heat stress, infection by the bacterium Pseudomonas syringea)
· Measurement of photosynthesis and other gas exchange parameters in leaves
· Extraction and quantification of RNA, RT-PCR
· Personalized training on all aspects of scientific research (hypothesis generation, experimental design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, data visualization and presentation)
The student will be paid a stipend of CA $7500 for the 10-week internship funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT).
· Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program (part-time or full-time) at Bishop’s University. Students who plan to transfer from Bishop’s University to another college (or have been accepted by another institution) are not eligible.
· Students in their second or third year will be given priority.
· Both domestic and international students can apply.
· Students should be majoring in: BSc Major BIO (Biodiversity Ecology), BSc Major BIO (Health Sciences) or BSc Major Biochemistry.
Summer undergraduate research assistants are expected to:
· Be available full-time for the entire 10-week period of their internship.
· Work at least 35 hours per week during the 10-week internship period. Except for national holidays and religious holidays specific for the participating student, no extended vacations will be permitted during the 10-week program. Students should request special approval from Dr. Weraduwage if they foresee any absences during the internship period.
· Complete a research report at the end of the program.
If you are interested, please email your application to Dr. Weraduwage (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your application should include the following:
1. Current CV which should mention your current GPA
3. A short personal statement (maximum 1 page) that highlights why you are interested in participating in this summer research internship, your academic and career interests and goals, and how participating in this internship would help you achieve those goals.
· Applications are due by October 31st, 2023, 11 pm (ET).
· The tentative Summer Undergraduate Internship Program dates: May - mid July 2024. Exact dates to be determined later.
Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted; thank you for your interest.
Bishop’s University implements an equal access employment / program under the Act respecting equal access to employment in public bodies and welcomes applicants who are
committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and who will assist us expand our capacity for diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including Indigenous peoples, visible and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQ2+.