An award from the Merck Foundation will provide stipends, housing and supplies for students to work on interdisciplinary biology / chemistry research projects. These students will work and interact with other students and faculty in both the Biology and Chemistry Departments. Because of the interdisciplinary focus of this award, students receiving Merck Fellowships will attend and will present their research in parallel weekly seminar series associated with both the Biology and Chemistry Departments. In the fall, they will report on their summer results in a Summer Research Session to be held in September.
Merck Fellowships are currently focused on the two research projects described below. Interested students should contact one of the faculty members listed and discuss the projects with them before beginning the application process.
Students should submit their application electronically, ideally as a single pdf file, to Julie Santorella,Academic Coordinator, Biology Department Office by March 3, 2011.
Project 1. Structural Factors Responsible for Neuropeptide Activity in Decapod Crustaceans, co-directed by Patsy Dickinson (Biology and Neuroscience) and Beth Stemmler (Chemistry).
Project 2. Source-sink dynamics of phosphorus and industrial metals in sediments of the Androscoggin River, co-directed by John Lichter (Biology) and Dharni Vasudevan (Chemistry).