Boris Igic

    Email Address: boris@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Biological Sciences

    Webpage: https://www.uic.edu/labs/igic/
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My lab is a collective of undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs interested in basic research in natural history and evolution. We generally try to understand why there are so many species in some groups and so few in others, as well as which traits are involved in determining the distribution of plant and animal diversity. In addition, we are working on peripherally related projects dealing with language evolution and the nature of species. We generally use computational methods as well as those found in standard molecular biology labs.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 8

    Qualifications of a Student:
    (1) Knowledge of flora and fauna of Chicago OR a programming language;
    [Note: one of these two is an essential qualification.]
    (2) Minimum GPA: 3.50;

    PLEASE state these qualification criteria explicitly (and whether you meet them) in your contact letter.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Students will be involved in hands-on data collection, experiments, and data analyses (using R or Python). This will often require focus, patience, and persistence, as well as a great deal of creativity.

    Mostly, however, I expect students possess ambition and a demonstrated interest in the natural world.

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