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Intern, Undergraduate Women in Science, DNA Barcoding Neotropical Fishes

Field Museum
Chicago, Illinois, US
Closing date
May 24, 2022

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Conservation science
Climate Change
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Field Museum Women in Science (FMWIS) is proud to offer the 2022 Women in Science Internships. The internships are hosted in many departments throughout the museum and aim to give students the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the sciences.

This paid undergraduate internship will last for 6 weeks this summer (June 20 - August 5). Applicants are welcome to apply to more than one project. Please be aware that this internship is full-time, 5 days per week, 8:30am to 4:30pm (unless otherwise arranged with the supervisor).

The global biodiversity crisis and impacts from climate change demands an urgent and efficient way to monitor Earth's biodiversity. DNA barcoding is a powerful tool to identify and monitor species that exist in various ecosystems. This tool allows scientist to create a library of life on Earth. Neotropical fishes are the most diverse on the planet with more than 6,000 species and at least 1000 species not yet formally described. On this project, students will learn molecular techniques to DNA barcode Neotropical fishes from the Amazon basin and rivers in Central America. This project will expand our understanding of species diversity in these locations, with the potential to discover new species. Students will work with mentors to analyze barcode data to better understand the relationship of fish species to each other and biogeographically throughout the region.


* Work in the Pritzker Molecular Lab to learn techniques for DNA extraction and sequencing
* Spend time in the fish collection and handle specimens
* Synthesize information about the ecology of fish species from literature review


* Must be an undergraduate at time of application.
* Talented and motivated individuals interested in the sciences; those who identify as female are highly encouraged to apply
* Applicant must have an Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin address to be considered
* Must have had general biology classes including genetics

Deadline to submit your application is May 25th.
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