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Agricultural Biotechnology

A position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Arthur Hunt for an undergraduate research assistant.  Hour and duties are very flexible, but the assistant will be expected to conduct independent research.  Dr. Hunt’s laboratory studies mRNA processing and polyadenylation in plants.  Recent areas of emphasis in this group involve the use of high throughput sequencing technologies to study mRNA polyadenylation on a genome-wide scale.  Current projects include the determination of poly(A) sites in different plants, characterizations of mutants that have altered expression of genes that encode subunits of the polyadenylation complex, and studies of the effects of different stresses on polyadenylation site choice in Arabidopsis.

The research assistant will gain familiarity with the bench and computational aspects of Next Generation Sequencing.  Students will design experiments and prepare samples for high throughput sequencing, and they will analyze sequencing results using current computational tools.  In these contexts, individual research projects will be tailored to the student’s interests, and to expand the technical repertoire of the student.

Interested individual should contact Dr. Hunt by email at .  Please include some information about yourself – your current status at UK (first, second year, etc.?), what your career goals are, and how the combination of bench and computational research will help you attain your goals.

Recent papers from Dr. Hunt’s laboratory:

Wu X, Liu M, Downie B, Liang C, Ji G, Li QQ, Hunt AG. Genome-wide landscape of polyadenylation in Arabidopsis provides evidence for extensive alternative polyadenylation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Jul 26;108(30):12533-8.

Thomas PE, Wu X, Liu M, Gaffney B, Ji G, Li QQ, Hunt AG. Genome-wide control of polyadenylation site choice by CPSF30 in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell. 2012 Nov;24(11):4376-88.

Where to learn a bit more about Dr. Hunt (and about polyadenylation):

Jewish Studies

Director of Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies seeks highly motivated and intellectually engaged, advanced undergraduate to help further the creation, implementation, and publication of research agendas at the intersection of Rhetoric, Jewish, and Technology Studies. The qualified candidate will contribute to projects that include but are not limited to a book project on Black Jewish Identity, an edited collection on Jewish Rhetorics, an article about religious rhetorics, a book project about Holocaust resistor and rhetorical theorist Chaim Perelman and Fela Perelman, as well as historical and contextual questions related to the relationship between Holocaust resistance and the development of contemporary rhetorical theory, and the relationship of the U.S. Black Panther movement to the Israeli Black Panther movement, and the Jewish roots of the Kentucky Bourbon industry. You will have the opportunity to work with and learn about primary archival research as well as the scholarly publication process. Qualified candidates must demonstrate excellent communication skills in oral, written, and digital contexts; strong time management skills; and the ability to work effectively under deadlines and time constraints. They must also share an enthusiasm and excitement for intellectual inquiry and be willing to contribute to some of the more mundane activities that necessarily accompany the modes of scholarly inquiry at these disciplinary intersections (i.e. photocopying, creating PDFs of print material, creating and maintaining bibliographies, filing, and book-fetching). Fluency in French and/or digital media such as Photoshop and HTML are welcomed but not required. The position will require you to commit to 10-12 hrs/week for 15 weeks during the semester and may offer opportunities for future employment. You will be required to submit weekly reports accounting for your time in order to receive payment for your work. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Professor Fernheimer as soon as possible. Although the position will remain open until filled, qualified candidates may be interviewed as early as the week of Sept. 1, 2013.  More information about the current research projects can be found at

Undergraduate Internship in the Special Collections Learning Lab

The UK Libraries Division of Special Collections seeks applications from undergraduate students for internships in the Special Collections Learning Lab.  The purpose of the Special Collections Learning Lab is to promote student research, scholarship, and creativity, and more fully integrate Special Collections and primary source materials into the teaching and research mission of the University.  Special Collections undergraduate interns will be paired with unprocessed or under-processed archival collections and taught how to arrange and describe rare or unique collections in their area of research interest, while enhancing access through the production of guides, exhibits, or transcriptions.  In addition, interns will create a poster, presentation or exhibit reflecting on the impact the internship had on their research.  This final project may be designed to dovetail with a required capstone or other academic requirement.  Interns work between 5 and 10 hours per week in Special Collections during the weekday hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and are paid $8.80 per hour.  Weekly duties include keeping a project journal, related reading, and entering workflow statistics.  There are 6 projects available for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Read more.