Siena Heights University biology students are eligible for hundreds of paid research internships supported by the National Science Foundation. These summer research opportunities allow small groups of students to work in research programs at various host institutions.
Siena Heights University biology majors have interned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Colorado State University, and Indiana University, for instance. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Local internships and co-ops are also possible.
Here are a couple of recent internship experiences:
SHU Biology students Maria Butler and Joseph Lemanski were awarded research internships in the summer of 2011. Butler conducted her research in Turkey studying the responses of the European honeybees to different odors, including alcohol. Lemanski spent his summer in Texas examining the effects of the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill on the deep-water organisms in the Gulf of Mexico.
"I had the opportunity to spend the summer in Turkey and participate in a summer research program for undergraduates. We were able to travel and at the same time learn and practice research in the lab and in the field. The group that I worked with used classical conditioning methods on European honeybees to test for a response to different odors."
"I spent 10 weeks in Galveston, Texas, participating in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for undergraduates program studying the effects of the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill on deep-Gulf of Mexico benthic communities. Nine box core samples were taken near the spill site, and I sorted the samples for macrofauna and classified them to major taxa. I then recorded the numbers of animals of each taxon and compared them to the values reported in the 2000-2002 deep Gulf of Mexico Benthos study.
I found that several classes of animals showed significant changes in abundance and percent composition. In particular, crustaceans decreased, while aplacophorans increased. These results indicate that the equilibrium of the deep-sea community has been disrupted. This internship was an experience I will never forget and has provided many more opportunities for the continuation of my educational career."