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Northrop Frye Summer Research Experience

The 2021 competition is closed.

Scholarship value: $5,700
Duration: Four months (May to August)

First awarded in 2001, the Northrop Frye Summer Research Experience Scholarship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology enables an outstanding student who has recently completed BIO120H to spend four months (May to August) in the laboratory of a faculty member, assisting with a project.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have completed BIO120H (St. George campus).
  • Priority will be given to students who completed BIO120 in the previous Fall session.
  • You must obtain an average of at least 85% in the university courses you are presently taking or have taken (e.g., if you are taking five courses this year, you estimate that your average among these courses will be at least 85%).

Project Description

Professor Jacqueline Sztepenacz

The Sztepanacz Lab researches how genetic variation evolves in populations and why some traits stop evolving despite being under selection and appearing to have the genetic variation to do so. We use Drosophila as a model organism, and most of what we do involves whole-organism assays of fitness, morphology, behaviour, and pheromones. The student will be involved in the design and execution of lab experiments to estimate genetic variation in the wings of Drosophila. They will learn fly husbandry skills and management, how conduct genetic breeding designs, and may have the opportunity to learn about geometric morphometric methods. The successful student will be required to take Biosafety training through EHS, to attend Sztepanacz Lab meetings and training sessions, and to contribute to general lab maintenance. This is a lab position, and the student must be available to work on campus for the duration of the award.

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