05 March 2010

Dengue infection research

The institution: The University of Texas-Pan American

The program: Dengue infection rates along the U.S./Mexico border are drastically (many orders of magnitude) lower on the American side, and Dr. Chris Vitek will be looking into possible reasons. Dr. Vitek will be hiring two students this summer.

The summer employment will consist of collecting field specimens, identifying locations of high mosquito activity (the specific vectors of Dengue), lab work to identify mosquitoes, and conducting surveys to assess local exposure to the disease vectors.

  • $1,500 pay.
  • 20 hours of work per week.
  • Travel to Louisiana State University for 3 to 5 days this summer.

  • Students must be a current UTPA student, but they do not have to be registered for the summer.
  • Students must have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license.
  • Previous research experience, collecting experience, or entomology experience (or class work) is not required but beneficial.

Application deadline: Until filled

More information: Email vitekc@utpa.edu

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