The Archie Lab in the Biology Department at Notre Dame is looking for an undergraduate research student who can begin in the Spring 2021 semester. The student will work with PhD student Chelsea Southworth to conduct a literature review of research investigating connections between the gut microbiome and female reproduction. Specific tasks will include searching research databases and identifying relevant articles, reading articles and extracting specific information, and identifying patterns and connections between research papers. Based on job performance, interest, and ability, there is the potential for this position to extend to future semesters and include the development of original research ideas.
No prior research experience is necessary. Students of all academic levels and with any amount of coursework, lab, or general research experience can excel in this position. We especially encourage students from groups that have historically and currently been marginalized in STEM to apply, and are dedicated to providing support and mentoring that respects individual identities. See our lab’s Inclusion & Equity Statement here. This position can be on an Independent Study Course or volunteer basis, but if this would pose a financial burden such that lack of pay prevents you from applying, please let us know as funding may be available for a paid position.
We expect a successful applicant will possess the following characteristics:
- Genuine interest in the area of research and/or related topics (including but not limited to microbiology, reproductive health, ecology, medicine (human and veterinary), wildlife biology, primatology, nutrition, and hormones.
- Desire to learn and develop new skills, such as literature searching, understanding and critically reading primary scientific literature, and synthesizing information from multiple sources
- Good communication skills, including a willingness to ask questions, convey any difficulties, and respond to emails in a timely manner
- Attention to detail
To apply, please fill out the following Google form by Friday, January 29th 2021 at 5pm.