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Undergraduate Research Opportunity at Northwestern

Work in PLU Alumna's Laboratory for the Summer

PLU alumna Dr. Karla Fullner Satchell ’88 invites applications for summer research positions in her lab at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Evanston, Illinois (just outside Chicago). Dr. Satchell graduated from PLU in 1988 with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Washington and completed postdoctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Satchell is a world-renowned researcher in bacterial toxins and a member of AAAS, and Northwestern University is an outstanding institution. This amazing opportunity is exclusively being offered to PLU students.  “I was lucky to have a science professor as a family friend to offer me a similar job when I was a junior in college that helped me on this path. I think is time to pay it forward,” Dr. Satchell said.

This opportunity is open to Biology and Chemistry majors with a research interest in bacterial pathogenesis, cell biology, biochemistry, cancer biology and structural biology. From 1-3 selected students will spend 10 weeks in Evanston at one of the nation’s top 20 medical schools. The research position is full-time and paid (Chicago minimum wage will be $12/hour on July 1st), and PLU will provide reimbursement for travel to Evanston up to $300.


  • Declared major in Biology or Chemistry
  • Interest in pursuing a research career
  • Willingness to participate in crowdfunding using PLU platform*

Research areas:

  • bacterial pathogenesis
  • cell biology
  • cancer biology
  • biochemistry
  • structural biology

Application Details

Applications are due on February 8, 2019 and must include:

  • Formal cover letter
  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest
  • Letter of Recommendation from at least one PLU faculty member

Please submit your completed application via email to Professor Ann Auman at aumanaj@plu.edu

*Room and board are not funded through this research opportunity; however, PLU will assist with crowdfunding through our platform to help offset associated costs up to $2,500. If you are selected, you will be expected to participate in the crowdfunding campaign in March – May.