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Microbial and metabolic diversity in Fayetteville Green Lake, NY

Advisor’s Name



Associate Professor







Research Interests and Current Projects


Geobiology, astrobiology, geomicrobiology, microbial physiology




Title of the URP

Microbial and metabolic diversity in Fayetteville Green Lake, NY

URP Host

□x  Advisor’s Institution          USTC

URP Financial Support

  No       Living Cost       Traveling Cost     

 Living and Traveling Cost

 Others (please specify):

URP Start Time

Late June



Early September

Brief Description of the URP

The visiting undergraduate student will isolate and characterize anaerobic microbes from a sulfidic lake (Fayetteville Green Lake, NY). This lake is used as the model system to understand the cycling of carbon, sulfur and nitrogen and the characteristic fractionations of carbon and sulfur isotopes in present and past sulfidic environments. The student will be supervised by Ana De Santiago-Torio, lab research assistant with extensive experience in microbial cultivation and physiology.

Requirements for Students

and Prerequisite Courses


A basic knowledge of geochemistry, biology, microbiology and aquatic chemistry is an advantage, but not an absolute requirement.




Some Information:

1.      The School of Earth and Space Sciences (SESS), USTC recruits ~100 undergraduate students each year in five academic programs: solid Earth geophysics, space physics, atmospheric sciences, geochemistry, and environmental sciences.  About 20-30% of senior undergraduate students will choose to pursue their PhD in top foreign institutions in the US, Canada, or European countries. The URP summer project is designed for the 3rd year undergraduate students who have already accomplished a few core courses in each program.

2.      For “URP Location”, if you prefer to supervise the student in your institution, please choose “Advisor’s Institution”; if you want to remotely supervise the student at USTC, please choose ‘USTC’. For each student who conducts the URP, we will assign one contact advisor in SESS, USTC to help the foreign advisor more effectively communicate with the student if needed.

3.      For “URP Financial Support”, about 20 excellent undergraduate students in SESS received full financial support from USTC to conduct the URP in top foreign institutions in 2015, including MIT and Caltech. Some other students may have partial financial support from USTC. If you do have some funding to support or partially support the student who takes the URP in your institution, please mark your choice by underlining the corresponding texts.

4.      For “URP Start Time” and “URP End Time”, the preferred UPR time for USTC students is between late June and early September, normally about 8 weeks.  

5.      If a foreign advisor has multiple projects, please fill out a separate form for each project.

6.      We will interview all students who intend to conduct the URP with the foreign advisors to make sure that they are well qualified, including English communication skills. We encourage foreign advisors have separate interview with the students who are interested in his/her projects if necessary.

7.      Please submit this form to Ms. Chanjuan Sun ( is in charge of international exchange affairs in SESS, USTC.

8.      The submission deadline for the URP form is March 10, 2016. We will organize the students’ interview in mid March.

9.      If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Prof. Huajian Yao (, the vice dean in charge of educational affairs in SESS, USTC.