Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"HC: Archaeogenomic Research on the Origins of Temperate Cultivation of Old World Cotton "

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2018 - DURI
Research area(s):
archaeology/anthropology, agriculture, botany, evolutionary biology, genetics
Project Description:
Archaeogenomics is the application of genetic research to materials recovered from archaeological sites. It is a technique that has allowed groundbreaking insights into the evolution of the human species, the most famous example being the study of Neanderthal DNA extracted from their bones. In this faculty-led research experience, you will work directly on an archaeogenomics project being undertaken at the Univ. of Warwick, UK. You will have the opportunity to learn about archaeogenomics research and to participate in ongoing laboratory work to extract and analyze ancient DNA from cotton seeds. Students will have 4 pre-trip sessions with the project's faculty collaborators (an interdisciplinary team of archaeologists, geneticists, and an evolutionary biologist), and will then travel to the Univ. of Warwick to participate in laboratory research. Funding for travel to the UK is provided by the Honors College, with the goal of supporting HC students to develop a scholarly project.
Expected Student Contributions:
Students will attend 4 pre-trip meetings where they will learn about archaeogenomics and the kinds of questions it can address. They will then travel to the UK to observe and assist with genetic research on ancient seed remains. Students must be available for the 4 meetings scheduled throughout February, for travel and work Spring Break 2018, and for post-trip meetings upon return.
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Desired Qualifications:
We are seeking 3 students of varying background and experience: (1) background in plant genetics, junior-senior level (2) background in anthropology/archaeology, any level (3) open, but with related interests Students must be enrolled and in good standing in the Honors College. Preference will be given to those students with some background in genetics, but this is not required. Students need to be available to attend 4 pre-trip meetings and ready to work and take instruction in a laboratory setting. Research will be full-time (40+ hrs./week) over Spring Break, March 10-18, 2018. We are especially interested in students who can articulate how the research experience might lead to a scholarly project. Candidates will be contacted and interviewed prior to acceptance.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Brite, Elizabeth
honors college

Student Supervisor

Elizabeth Brite
Clinical Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Ian Lindsey