Northern plans to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity through its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) focusing on American White Pelicans.
Six spots may be available for undergraduates who'd like to join Northern's REU and study the two largest nesting and breeding pelican colonies in North America, just a few miles from Northern in northeastern South Dakota.
Who should apply
Apply if you're an undergraduate eager to study threatened pelican populations and become one of America's future researchers. Encouraged to apply are sophomores, juniors and minorities (particularly American Indians).
As a student researcher, your travel costs are reimbursed and you'll receive a $3,500-$4,000 stipend, plus living expenses.
Research activities will center around conservation genetics as they relate to inbreeding; and examining the birds' immune system response to varying environmental conditions. Also proposed is a study of nesting habits and habitats; an aquatic invertebrate census; and examining the inventory of intestinal microfauna, leading to the creation of a genomic library.
Four Northern faculty members and a lab manager - each with expertise in waterfowl, fishing and shore and nesting birds - can offer nearly one-on-one attention to student researchers.
Apply in March 2013 for this REU, which will take place over a 10-week period from June through mid-August for 3 years.