FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY GRANTS:
NSF MCB 1244355, MCB 0815354, IOS 0743284, plus REU and RET Supplements MCB 1112116, MCB 1233241, IOS 0826664, IOS 0824550, IOS 0924290, IOS 0925486, and IOS 1032265.
INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR GROUP? Contact Dr. Nicole Valenzuela at email@example.com to explore potential options.
Undergraduate students from ISU and elsewhere conduct research
The ITA provides an opportunity to Integrate undergraduate discovery-based learning through a service-learning activity that helps immerse biology undergraduates into the field and lab modules of the research projects conducted by the Valenzuela lab at Iowa State University.
ITA interns learn about environmental and evolutionary genomics; field, experimental and developmental biology; herpetology, and evolutionary ecology.
The ITA combines service experience with academic learning and reflection by recruiting members via ISU’s Skunk River Navy (SRN) program (which is committed to improving the quality of local aquatic environments).
Additional ITA participants have come from ISU's Program for Women in Science and Engineering (PWSE), George Washington Carver Internship Program (GWC), the program for Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate, or as independent interns during the summer or academic semesters.
ITA interns disseminate their research via publications and presentations
Iowa State University, Benedict College, Emory University, University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez), Cornell College, Luther College, Western Iowa Tech, Capital University.
K-12 Teachers carry out research
The ITA also provides opportunity for K-12 teachers to participate in summer internships on animal research, through a collaboration with the Plant Genome Outreach program at ISU.
K-12 Teachers develop curricular material
The following curricular material was developed by K-12 teachers during summer internships with the ITA. It is intended that this material be shared for their use by peer teachers and institutions. Credit should be given to the authors of the material and the funding sources that enable their development. Funding was provided in part by supplements IOS-0826664, IOS-0924290, and IOS-0924290 to NSF grant IOS 0743284 to Nicole Valenzuela.
Gene McClugage, Science Teacher, Ames Middle School, Ames, Iowa.
Karen Catron, 1st Grade Teacher, Lovejoy Elementary School, Des Moines, Iowa.
Tanya Manternach, Hempstead High School Teacher, Dubuque, Iowa.
Tracy Pearson, High School Teacher, Lawton-Bronson CSD, Lawton, IA.
If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Dr. Nicole Valenzuela at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore possible options.