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Summer Jobs and Internships | Undergraduate Programs | Short Courses
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Summer Research Asst, amphibian disease ecology||5/15/11||4/21/11|
|US Department of Agriculture (position filled)||Summer Research Assts, Global Change Ecology/Bioenergy (2 positions)||5/1/11||4/12/11|
|University of Colorado||REU, American Pika Study||4/29/11||4/6/11|
|University of North Carolina at Charlotte||REU, effects of stormwater management on ecosystem function||4/22/11||4/6/11|
|Arizona State University||Undergrad Research Assts, aquatic and riparian ecosystems||4/19/11|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||REU, marine ecology||4/15/11||4/4/11|
|Florida State University||REU, marine ecology||4/15/11||3/22/11|
|University of California, Riverside||REU, Phosphorus dynamics in lake sediments, Sierra Nevada||4/15/11||1/20/11|
|University of Oregon||REU, Wetland Ecosystem Ecology||4/14/11|
|Virginia Tech||REU, avian disease ecology||4/10/11||3/16/11|
|University of Arkansas||REU, ecosystem services||4/8/11||3/2/11|
|Oregon Sea Grant||Undergraduate Marine Research Fellowship||4/1/11||3/21/11|
|University of Wyoming||REU, responses of plant-microbe interactions to climate change||4/1/11||3/18/11|
|Syracuse University||Summer Research in Plant Ecology||4/1/11||2/22/11|
|Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary||Interns, Maryland’s Herp Atlas||3/30/11||1/31/11|
|University of South Carolina||Wetland biogeochemistry interns||3/28/11||3/17/11|
|National Park Service||Summer wildlife surveys, Zion NP||3/21/11|
|University of Idaho||REU, plant-animal interactions, stream and fisheries ecology, and invasive species||3/21/11||3/2/11|
|Virginia Tech||REU, water sciences and engineering||3/21/11||1/27/11|
|Dartmouth College||REU, pollination ecology||3/18/11|
|Bradley University||REU, Integrated Ecology||3/15/11||3/4/11|
|University of Puerto Rico||REU, Tropical Ecology and Evolution||3/15/11||3/1/11|
|Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium||REU, Changing Coastal Environments||3/15/11||3/1/11|
|Ball State University||REU, disease in freshwater ecosystems||3/15/11||2/18/11|
|University of Arizona||REU, decomposition||3/15/11||2/17/11|
|University of Arizona||REU, environmental and Earth system sciences at Biosphere 2||3/15/11||2/1/11|
|University of Texas at Austin||REU, plant ecology, switchgrass||3/15/11||1/7/11|
|Indiana University||REU, Avian Behavioral Ecology||3/15/11||2/2/11|
|Arizona State University||REU, aquatic ecology and biological stoichiometry||3/10/11||2/25/11|
|Iowa State University||REU, Biogeosciences||3/7/11||3/1/11|
|Huyck Preserve||Odum internship for undergraduates (unpaid)||3/7/11||2/18/11|
|University of Nevada||REU, natural resources – conservation and socioeconomic issues||3/7/11||2/4/11|
|Indiana University||Plant evolutionary genetics||3/4/11||2/22/11|
|University of Wisconsin||REU, Ecology of Bird Loss, Marianas and Guam||3/4/11||2/22/11|
|University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences||Intern, marine fisheries and ecological conservation||3/1/11||1/27/11|
|St. Olaf College||REU, From Genes to Ecosystems: Environmental Science in a Changing World||3/1/11||1/18/11|
|Oregon State University||REU, pollination biology||2/28/11||2/18/11|
|Radford University||REU, disease ecology in aquatic freshwater communities||2/28/11||1/27/11|
|University of New Mexico||REU, Sevilleta LTER||2/27/11||1/7/11|
|Montana State University||REU: Stream nutrient cycling and global change in Iceland||2/25/11||2/17/11|
|University of Illinois||REU, epidemiology of West Nile virus in Chicago||2/24/11||2/18/11|
|University of Maryland||REU, Estuarine Science||2/22/11||11/22/10|
|University of Virginia||REU, Mountain Lake Biological Station||2/20/11||1/6/11|
|University of Akron||REU, Ecology at the Urban-Rural Interface||2/18/11||1/5/11|
|University of Tennessee||REU, interface of mathematics and biology||2/18/11||12/17/10|
|University of Wisconsin||Ecology, Plant, and Environmental Systems Summer Research Program||2/15/11||1/18/11|
|Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory||Research and Instruction for Undergraduates||2/15/11||1/12/11|
|Michigan State University||REU, Kellogg Biological Station||2/15/11||1/12/11|
|Georgia Tech||REU, Aquatic Chemical Ecology||2/15/11||12/17/10|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||REU, Arctic research||2/3/11|
|Smithsonian Environmental Research Center||REU, Environmental Research||2/1/11||11/15/10|
|Michigan State University||Summer Research Asst, Aquatic Ecology||1/31/11|
|Chicago Botanic Garden||REU, Plant Biology & Conservation - From Genes to Ecosystems||1/31/11||1/13/11|
|Texas A&M University||REU, cloud forests of Costa Rica||1/31/11||12/6/10|
|US Fish and Wildlife Service||Seasonal Technicians, Long-billed Curlews||1/29/11||12/20/10|
|US Geological Survey||Technicians, Aquatic Invasive Species||1/27/11|
|Auburn University||REU, Warm-water Aquatic Ecology||1/15/11||11/12/10|
|National Park Service||Technicians, invasive plants, Assateague Island||1/5/11|
|US Geological Survey||Technicians, invasive plants, South Dakota||11/23/10|
|University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center||Summer Field Ecology and Environmental Science Programs||11/23/10||11/15/10|
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Arizona State University: Assist in research conducted in southwestern aquatic and riparian ecosystems as part of the research program in the laboratory of Dr. John Sabo at Arizona State University. Job duties will include collecting arthropods and vegetation, taking soil samples, tracking lizards implanted with radio transmitters, and assisting with the construction and deconstruction of field experiments. This position will offer experience in a wide variety of techniques of hydrology, ecology and physiology. This project has direct relevance to conservation of water resources on a threatened river. The successful applicant will assist several graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in different projects focused on the role of water limitation in food webs. Our primary research site is at the Gray Hawk Nature Center on the San Pedro River, one of the last free flowing rivers west of the Mississippi. Riparian gallery forests on the San Pedro are inhabited by a large variety of bird species (1/2 of all North American Bird species stop along the San Pedro as either breeders or migrants), and is also rich in reptile and invertebrate diversity. We also work in the nearby Huachuca Mountains in unique Madrean pine-oak forests. These mountain canyons are world-famous for their bird diversity (including 13 species of hummingbirds) and also feature a variety of reptiles, mammals, and invertebrates. Basic job requirements: 1. Capable of strenuous physical activity, hiking in summer temperatures and carrying scientific equipment. 2. Able to work on a 10 day on 4 day off flex schedule between mid-May and August 2011. 3. Camping in rustic conditions. 4. Job would include handling animals, crossing streams, and doing night field work. A competitive monthly stipend will be offered. Opportunities to conduct research as part of undergraduate honors programs will also be available. To Apply: Send a resume, a list of 2-3 people (names, address, email and phone) who we can contact as references, and short (300 words or less) statement of interest describing your prior experience relevant to this job opportunity to your career goals to Dr. Daniel Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/19/11.
Arizona State University: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position is open to study aquatic ecology and biological stoichiometry with Dr. Jim Elser. Applications are invited from qualified, motivated undergraduate students from U.S. colleges/universities to participate in a 10-week field and lab based summer research experience. U.S. citizenship is required. The student will be involved with a multi-disciplinary NSF-funded project on the biological stoichiometry of microbes under severe phosphorus-limitation. The student will learn molecular, ecological, and biogeochemical methods to test how environmental phosphorus (P) supplies influence microbial community ecology and evolution. The field work will take place in the naturally P-poor aquatic ecosystems of Cuatro Ciénegas Basin (CCB), México; thus, Spanish-speaking skills are preferred. Travel costs to and from México will be covered. The student will also receive a stipend. Interested students should submit a resume to Jessica Corman, email@example.com, by March 10th, 2011. Please contact Jessica or Dr. Elser ( firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions. Posted: 2/25/11.
Auburn University: We are excited to invite applications from undergraduate students to participate in a National Science Foundation supported summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on the ecology of southeastern ponds, rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries. Ten undergraduate students will work closely with Auburn University faculty to explore aquatic ecosystems, complete a student-driven research project, and share their research findings in a symposium at the conclusion of the program. Participants will work closely with our mentors to develop projects on a variety of disciplines, including community ecology, limnology, evolution, fisheries management, parasitology, conservation, molecular biology, and microbiology. The program will run from May 22 to July 31, 2011 (10 weeks). Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors graduating in December 2011 are encouraged to apply. Participants must be a US citizen or permanent resident. Participants will receive a stipend ($4,000) plus housing and subsistence, financial assistance for travel to and from Auburn, and support for lab and field supplies. For full consideration, on-line applications must be received by 15 January 2011. For more information visit the REU Site or contact Dr. Alan Wilson (email@example.com). Posted: 11/12/10.
Ball State University: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position is available at Ball State University for Summer 2011 to undertake a project on the role of disease in freshwater ecosystems with Drs. Randy Bernot and Melody Bernot. The REU student will join graduate and undergraduate students working on an NSF-funded project focused on the differential effects of parasites and newly emerging contaminants on aquatic ecosystems. Our studies focus on trematodes, the snails they parasitize, and benthic community and ecosystem within which they interact. We are particularly interested in the role parasites play in mediating the flow of energy through ecosystems and the cycling of nutrients within ecosystems. Additionally, we frame these interactions within realistic environments containing emerging chemical contaminants such as manufactured nanomaterials. The REU student will gain perspective and experience in parasitology, ecotoxicology, ecological stoichiometry, community ecology, and ecosystem ecology while developing an independent research project at an interface among these subdisciplines. Students will work as part of our team on the Ball State campus in Muncie, IN, conduct field and laboratory experiments, and develop his/her own independent research project. The REU student will earn a stipend of $500/wk for 10 weeks and receive additional support for their research. The student will also receive support to attend a national scientific meeting such as the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in 2011 and/or 2012. The ideal candidate will be creative, hard-working, careful, dedicated, interested in pursuing a career in science, and will play well with others in a team setting. Students from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested students are encouraged to apply by March 15, 2011 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Eligible candidates must by U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be currently enrolled as a sophomore or junior in a college or university (i.e., recent graduates are ineligible). The REU student will be expected to participate for 10 weeks preferably starting in mid-May through August 2011. Applications should include: copy of unofficial transcripts, contact information for two academic references, CV/resume, and a one page statement that describes your interest in the REU position, academic goals, and previous research experience (if any). Please confirm in your statement that you meet each eligibility requirement above (e.g., currently enrolled, citizenship, available for 10 weeks). Please send applications or questions to: Randy Bernot (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/18/11.
Bradley University: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Integrated Ecology: Independent Research in Ecology for Undergraduates. Bradley University in Peoria, IL is host to an REU site. Undergraduates will participate in an intensive, 10-week program in ecological research that integrates multiple disciplines and approaches. Students will develop an independent research project in an area of their interest through collaboration with a mentor. Previous research has included forest and wetland ecology, invasive species, river ecosystem health, and the effects of land-use change on soil and plants. Participants will receive training in techniques necessary to carry out their research, as well as engage in weekly talks about broader scientific topics and ethical practices. Projects will culminate in a final report and presentation of results at an end-of-summer scientific colloquium. Students will receive a $4000 fellowship stipend, $1000 food stipend, free on-campus housing, and travel funds (up to $1000 for travel to/from site). Minority and female students are strongly encouraged to apply. More information here or contact Sherri Morris at email@example.com. Deadline: 3/15/11. Posted: 3/4/11.
Chicago Botanic Garden: Plant Biology & Conservation Research Experiences for Undergraduates - From Genes to Ecosystems. The Chicago Botanic Garden is now accepting applications for summer 2011 REU positions. See the link above for descriptions of projects and application instructions. The deadline for applications is January 31. Please note that positions are contingent on renewal of funding. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/13/11.
Dartmouth College: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Plant-Insect Interactions. The lab of Dr. Rebecca Irwin at is seeking to hire a highly motivated undergraduate student to assist with a pollination ecology field study. The project will examine the relationship between plants and the bees and other insects that visit their flowers, and will focus on non-mutualist pollen foragers. The student will assist with all aspects of the study, especially field work. Activities may include pollinator observations, experimental flower manipulations, data entry, and working with bumblebee colonies. The student will gain valuable ecological research experience with the opportunity to conduct an independent research project. The REU program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and provides a stipend of $450/week for 10 weeks starting approximately June 1, 2011. Field sites are in north-central Vermont. To apply, please send a resume and brief cover letter as a single email (pdf) attachment to Leif Richardson (email@example.com). In your resume, please include the names and contact information for three references (email and phone numbers, and a brief description of how you know the recommender). The cover letter should explain why you are interested in the position. Information about how this position would relate to your previous research experience and/or career goals is encouraged. Posted: 3/18/11.
Florida State University: Summer 2011 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Undergraduate students are invited to apply for one 12-week REU position at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory in the labs of Dr. Randall Hughes and Dr. David Kimbro. As part of a collaborative project involving researchers from FSU, University of Georgia, University of North Carolina, and Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the REU student will independently design and implement an experiment to examine linkages between predator-prey interactions and benthic-pelagic coupling services on intertidal oyster reef communities. In addition to their individual research, the student will participate in informal research seminars, weekly lab meetings, and reciprocal trips to labs and field sites other than their own. The student will participate in all aspects of the research process, including data analysis and writing of a research paper. In addition, she/he will be expected to present the experimental results at our annual project meeting. Candidates should be available to live and work at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory for a 10-12 week period from May-August 2011. Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology and ecology. Initiative, attention to detail, and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential. Also, willingness to work outdoors in hot and humid conditions is a must. Students will receive a $450/week fellowship stipend as well as funds for research expenses. Housing is available at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory. More information and to apply. Application deadline: April 15, 2011. Posted: 3/22/11.
Georgia Tech: We will be hosting 9 NSF-REU participants this summer, focusing loosely on the theme of Aquatic Chemical Ecology. We would like to ask for your help in publicizing this program to undergraduates. Our program website includes program details, application process, and contact information. Our research theme of Aquatic Chemical Ecology has 3 core areas of research from which students can choose: Biological and geochemical transformations of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems; Sensory biology and ecology of aquatic chemical communication; Ecological roles and consequences of chemicals in aquatic environments. This program is an excellent choice for undergraduates majoring in any field of biology, chemistry, earth/ocean science, civil engineering, environmental engineering, chemical engineering, and related bioengineering areas who want to apply their classroom learning to an interdisciplinary research environment to solve complex scientific problems and learn about the importance of chemically-mediated processes. The application deadline is February 15, 2011. The full-time, 10-week program will start in late May and run until the end of July. Participants will receive a stipend of $4500 plus accommodations with kitchen facilities in university housing, and help with travel expenses to and from Atlanta. Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program is eligible, unless they have already been part of an NSF-REU program in Ocean Sciences or unless they will graduate before this summer. We are particularly interested in increasing our proportion of minority students and in reaching students at non-PhD granting universities. Posted: 12/17/10.
Huyck Preserve: Odum internship for undergraduates. Eugene Odum, regarded as the father of ecosystems ecology, launched his scientific career at the Huyck Preserve in the early 1940s as the first resident biologist at the field station. In honor of his legacy, the Huyck Preserve offers an internship for undergraduate students interested in conducting ecological field research. Similar to an REU, interns work with scientific professionals, conduct and present original research, and gain valuable professional experience at a biological field station that has a rich history of launching prominent ecologists’ careers. Program details: * Four highly qualified undergraduate students will be selected to participate each summer. The acceptance rate last year was 20% * This is a residential internship at the Huyck Preserve, located 30 miles SW of Albany in Rensselaerville, NY * This is a full-time internship for the duration of 8 weeks from June 13 through August 5, 2011 * The internship is unpaid, however housing and equipment is provided and there is opportunity for paid work prior to the start of the internship * Arrangements for college credit may be possible and must be made with the applicant’s home institution * Applications are due March 7th by e-mail only * Home institutions of 2009 and 2010 interns include: Allegheny, Colgate, Cornell, SUNY ESF and University of Chicago. Interns will work under the direction of Dr. Susan Beatty, Professor of Geography and Associate Dean of Natural Sciences at University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Beatty is the 2011 Scientist-in-Residence at the Huyck Preserve. Dr. Beatty has conducted research at the Huyck Preserve continuously for over 30 years since her early research as a doctoral candidate in Ecology at Cornell University. Projects can be in the fields of ecology, conservation biology, environmental science and evolutionary biology. Students will also have the opportunity to work on projects with visiting scientists whose research is supported by the station. Examples of the projects conducted at the Huyck Preserve recently include studies examining: * Slave-making ants * Forest disturbance and soils * Aquatic macrophytes * Streamside invasive earthworms * Invasive vines * Forest succession. Posted: 2/18/11.
Indiana University: The Rieseberg lab is looking for a highly-motivated student to participate in an evolutionary genetics research project this summer. The project will examine the evolutionary and ecological basis for flowering time divergence in the silverleaf sunflower, Helianthus argophyllus, which is native to coastal south Texas. The project participant will gain experience in fieldwork and data collection by independently managing one site of a large evolutionary genetics experiment, either at the Welder Wildlife Foundation Park near Sinton, TX or the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve headquarters in Port Aransas, TX. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop an independent project of their own design. The successful applicant will be efficient, self-motivated, and pay careful attention to detail. Applicants must be able to tolerate (or enjoy) working outdoors in any type of weather, must have a valid driver’s license, and must be current full-time students (undergraduate or graduate) at an accredited post-secondary institution. Unfortunately, students who are graduating Spring 2011 are not eligible for this position. Previous research experience and access to a vehicle are helpful, but are not required. The participant will receive a stipend of $4,000 for the summer. Start and end dates are negotiable. To apply, please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae along with two references (academic or work-related) to Brook Moyers (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications are due March 4, 2011. For more information, contact Brook Moyers. Posted: 2/22/11.
Indiana University: Undergraduate avian researcher needed for a National Science Foundation-funded, Research Experience for Undergraduates Internship. Applicants will spend approximately 3 weeks at Mountain Lake Biological Station in Pembroke, Virginia, and 7 weeks in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, studying multimodal signaling (acoustic, olfactory, visual) in two subspecies of dark-eyed junco from May 10 – July 24, 2011. The successful applicant will work under the mentorship of two avian behavioral ecologists to develop and carry out an independent research project in addition to contributing to other goals including behavioral observations, nest searching, identification of color-banded birds, capturing and sampling birds using mist-nets and walk-in traps, song recording, video recording, and assisting with radiotelemetry. Previous experience in one or more of these areas is strongly preferred, but not required. Applicants must be very enthusiastic about fieldwork and animal behavior, able to work well with others, and willing to work long hours, including early mornings, six days a week. Applicants must be in good physical condition and have a tolerance for high elevation weather conditions (hot days, cold nights) as the work involves carrying equipment and hiking, sometimes over rough terrain at elevation. Funding for this position is pending, but expected benefits are as follows – Stipend (10 weeks): $3000; Housing Provided; Food Supplement: $10/day for duration of position; Travel Allowance to-and-from field sites: $600. Only undergraduates with one or more semesters remaining before completion of a Bachelor’s degree are eligible. To apply, please email a CV, statement of interest and experience, and contact information for three references to Dustin Reichard (email@example.com) and Danielle Whittaker (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin March 1, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Please do not hesitate to contact in advance of application with questions! Posted: 2/2/11.
Iowa State University: The lab of Dr. Kirsten Hofmockel is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate to participate in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Biogeosciences. The REU position will be part of larger USDA-NASA funded project investigating soil nutrients, microbial processes, greenhouse gas emissions, soil run-off, root growth and architecture, and plant community production within conventional agricultural and prairie biomass systems. The proposed project will be contrasting soil microbial community function in re-planted tallgrass prairie and traditional agricultural cropping systems throughout the growing season. The student will participate in field work as well as extensive lab work, including soil sampling, soil structural analysis, and laboratory analysis of soil microbial community function. Also, the student will gain interdisciplinary experience using techniques from biogeochemistry, molecular biology, microbial and ecosystem ecology. Students with course and/or lab and field work experience in ecology, molecular biology, and/or chemistry are highly encouraged to apply. The REU program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and provides student researchers with a $4000 stipend for the 10-week program. The program runs June 6-August 12, 2011, but start and end dates are flexible. Students will have access to on-campus resources and facilities at Iowa State, including recreational facilities (e.g., the Lied Recreational Center), computing facilities, the library, and the student health facility. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate institution and a citizen of the United States. Interested students should contact Dr. Kirsten Hofmockel (email@example.com). Applications are due March 7, 2011 and will be notified of acceptance by March 13, 2011. Posted: 3/1/11.
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary: We have openings for two undergraduate university interns to help with Maryland’s Herp Atlas. The atlas is a 5-year project to map the distribution of reptiles and amphibians in every county in Maryland. We have completed the first year of the project. Fieldwork involves searching for and mapping the distribution of herps in Anne Arundel County; entering data into spreadsheets and making maps with GIS; preparing reports and presenting results to herpetologists and others. Interns are based out of the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and they work under the supervision of Sanctuary Director Chris Swarth. In addition to helping with the herp atlas project, interns will also help with bird banding, fish seining, and with stream studies. Each intern carries out an independent research project on some aspect of their fieldwork. At the end of the season in August, interns give an oral presentation and prepare a written report on their independent project. Qualifications: Applicants must be majoring in the life sciences at the junior or senior university level (recent graduates are okay). Applicants should enjoy fieldwork and should be able to tolerate long hours in the field under hot, wet, or muddy conditions. Previous ecological field research is a plus. Familiarity with the identification of herps both visually and in the hand is highly desirable. It helps to have a high degree of self-motivation and a sense of humor. Must have a valid driver’s license and a car. Work schedule: May 10 to August 15. An earlier state date may be okay. Interns work 5 days/week. Occasional weekend and evening work is required. We do not have on-site housing. Interns will need to find their own housing. The Sanctuary is 18 miles south of Annapolis and 15 miles east of Washington, DC. The Friends of Jug Bay, a non-profit citizen's organization, provides the Jug Bay Fellowship award (stipend) of $3,600 to cover the expenses of each intern. Additional funding that supports this program comes from the Anne Arundel County government and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Application: Send a cover letter with statement of goals and explain why you want the position; a resume summarizing your educational and work experience; transcripts (need not be official); and the names and email addresses of 3 references. Applications must be received by March 30. Send application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Chris Swarth, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian, MD 20711. 410-741-9330. Posted: 1/31/11.
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium: LUMCON invites undergraduates to apply for our NSF-sponsored, 2011 REU program in Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Changing Coastal Environments. We are recruiting highly motivated undergraduates from around the country interested in gaining hands-on research experience. Successful applicants will receive a $5000 stipend, room and board at the Marine Center, support for transportation to and from LUMCON, and research and small boat use funds. Each student will spend ten weeks (June 5th – August 12th) at LUMCON conducting independent research projects with guidance from scientific mentors/mentor teams while interacting with peers participating in other aspects of LUMCON’s summer field program. Each student is paired with a scientific mentor based on mutual research interests. Areas of research for this summer include Gulf oil spill impacts, benthic ecology, biogeochemistry, coastal geology, coastal hypoxia, coral reef biology, ecosystem ecology, fisheries and aquaculture, phytoplankton ecology, and wetland science. The program is open to current undergraduates (typically rising juniors and seniors) who are US citizens or permanent residents. Applications are now due March 15, 2011. More information about the program and application materials can be found at http://www.lumcon.edu/REU. Prospective applicants may also send questions to email@example.com. Posted: 2/18/11, revised: 3/1/11.
Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center of the is seeking undergraduate applicants for several Arctic research projects. The Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) positions are available to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents only who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors). Successful candidates will participate in field research on either terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems in the Toolik Lake Research Natural Area on the North Slope of Alaska. In addition to gaining experience by assisting on a variety of project activities, REU students typically engage in a small independent project that is linked to larger studies of lakes, streams, tundra or land-water interactions. REU participants are expected to collect and analyze data and to produce a poster describing their project near the end of the field season. We anticipate funding for support of at least four REU positions during the 2010 field season. Of these, two positions will be associated with the Arctic LTER project and two with the Anaktuvuk River Wildfire project. Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 8-10 weeks during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by grant funds as well as the cost of room and board at the station. Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or ecosystem studies. Attention to detail and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential. Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple. Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV, Cover Letter, References. Unofficial transcripts are required but may be uploaded with your application or faxed to 508-289-7931. If faxing, please reference the title and number of this posting. Please do not ask referees to send unsolicited letters. These will be requested by us for final candidates only. Apply online at: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 2/3/11.
Michigan State University: Summer Research Assistant Position in Aquatic Ecology. We seek a student that will be involved in an aquatic ecology project in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. We are examining how the invasive spiny water flea, Bythotrephes, is affecting Lake Michigan food webs. In particular, we are examining how Bythotrephes affects the behavior and growth of their zooplankton prey, and how this indirectly affects fish. The position will be based at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab?s Lake Michigan Field Station (in Muskegon Michigan). Field sample collection, laboratory experiments, and laboratory analysis will compose the bulk of the responsibilities. Experience spending time on boats is highly desirable. The assistants will work closely with Scott Peacor (Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU), Paul Bourdeau (a post-doctoral research scientist), and other undergraduate assistants. There is potential for the position to extend into September and October. Please contact Paul Bourdeau (firstname.lastname@example.org) for inquiries (include a CV with inquiries). To apply, please send a CV (that includes your GPA and references) and a cover letter that includes student status (e.g. sophomore, graduate). If there is a possibility that you could work in the fall (full time), please mention this (thought this is not necessary for application). Full-time, June through August 2011 (with possible extension to Fall), NOAA Lake Michigan Field Station, Muskegon, MI. Position to be filled by March 1 or until suitable candidate is found. Posted: 1/31/11.
Michigan State University: Kellogg Biological Station has 12 positions this summer for undergraduates to participate in ecological research. All of these are PAID opportunities--$4,250--$4500 stipend plus FREE room and board! REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Opportunities for 2011 include: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC): *Drought tolerance and productivity of switchgrass clones *Water implications of biofuel crop systems *Grazing vs. harvesting: impacts on diversity and productivity in managed grasslands *Drought, dormancy, and diversity: microbial ecology of a biofuels landscape Bio/computational Evolution in Action CONsortium (BEACON): *Rapid evolution of the legume-rhizobium mutualism in response to N-deposition *Ecological genetics and natural selection in plants *Rapid evolution in phytoplankton in response to rising temperatures *Signaling and Selection in Damselflies NSF Long-term Ecological Research Program: *Investigating novel crop mixtures for perennializing agriculture *Effects of landscape coarseness on Carabid dispersal and persistence in agroecosystems *Linking sociological research and science communication in agricultural systems REUs Funded on Faculty grants: *Biological invasions: The role of species interactions and genetic variation. More details and application forms: Application deadline: February 15th, 2011. Questions? contact: KBSsummer@kbs.msu.edu. Posted: 1/12/11.
Montana State University: REU: Stream nutrient cycling in the context of global change (Reykjavik, Iceland). A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position is available for summer 2011 to study stream nutrient cycling in the context of global climate change with Drs. Wyatt Cross and Jim Hood. The REU student will participate in NSF-funded project "Predicting Effects of Climate Warming on Stream Ecosystems Using Metabolic Theory and Iceland's Unique Geothermal Environment" at Montana State University and in Reykjavik, Iceland. The successful candidate will join an international group of ecologists examining the influence of temperature on stream food webs and nutrient cycling. This research takes advantage of the unique geothermal environment in Iceland. Stream in Iceland?s Hengill region exhibit wide variation in ambient water temps due to spatial heterogeneity in geothermal activity. Our research leverages this spatial heterogeneity in stream temperatures to 1) examine the influence of temperature on food web and nutrient dynamics and 2) develop theory, grounded in ecological stoichiometry and metabolic theory, for predicting the response of stream ecosystems to climate change. The student will work as a part of our team in Iceland on collaborative fieldwork and experiments. He/She will also develop an independent project. The ideal candidate should be interested in perusing a career in ecology, hard-working, detail orientated, and dedicated to his/her work. The student will start on June 15th, 2011 in Reykjavik, Iceland. We will provide a stipend of $500/week for eight weeks, round-trip transportation to Reykjavik, and support for lodging in Reykjavik. Interested students should apply by Friday, February 25th, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who have received their bachelor's degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are not eligible. Applications should include an unofficial copy of transcripts, contact information for two academic references, CV, and a one-page statement describing your interest in the REU position, academic goals, and previous research experience. Please send applications to: Jim Hood (Postdoctoral Researcher, Cross lab) email@example.com. Questions can be addressed to Jim Hood or Wyatt Cross (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/17/11.
National Park Service: Summer student position performing wildlife surveys and monitoring in beautiful Zion National Park. 1 or 2 wildlife technicians needed to (1) assist with monitoring multiple wildlife species (desert tortoise, desert bighorn sheep, Mexican spotted owl, peregrine falcon, American beaver, etc.) using various techniques (onsite behavioral observations, radiotelemetry, fecal pellet sampling, game cameras, presence/absence surveys, etc.), (2) support ringtail translocation research, and (3) participate in educational outreach to the public about wildlife stewardship and protection. Office duties to include data entry, and may include data analysis, report writing, online training, etc. Other duties may include assisting with pest management and/or resource management projects in other disciplines. Start and end dates flexible to fit your school schedule. Qualifications: This position is open only to students who are currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student in wildlife management and conservation, zoology, wildlife biology, or closely related major. Student must be taking at least a half-time academic course load both currently and in the fall. Applicants must be a US citizen at least 16 years old, and males must complete a form certifying Selective Service Registration. A background investigation is required for federal employment. Applicants must be willing and physically capable of hiking all day over rugged, uneven and steep terrain with a heavy backpack (up to 50 lbs) for extended periods of time while exposed to the elements, including extreme heat, technical canyons requiring rope protection, rappelling, and steep slopes with uneven footing. The work is partially sedentary office work including prolonged sitting with repetitive motions. Applicants must be willing to work a flexible field schedule, including multiday backpacking and night work. Applicants must be working towards a degree in wildlife management and conservation, zoology, wildlife biology, or closely related major. Experience with technical rappelling is preferred but not required. Apply by emailing cover letter, resume including dates of employment and hours per week for each job or volunteer experience, college transcripts, and a list of references to: Claire Crow (Claire_Crow@nps.gov, 435-772-0212). Posted: 3/21/11.
National Park Service: Assateague Island National Seashore will hire two STEP (Student Temporary Employment Program) Biological Science Technicians (GS-0404-04/05) to work within their invasive plant species program. The technicians will be based at Assateague Island. To qualify you must be a degree-seeking student that will be taking classes in the Fall 2011 semester. The technicians will work on Phragmites australis control, on investigating target/non-target effects of various control strategies and on attempting to identify primary sources of current Phragmites invasions. Primary responsibilities include: mapping and treating Phragmites patches; collecting pre- and post-treatment field data; processing plant material for various purposes; managing project data and assisting in compiling information for maps and reports. Position start date: Spring 2011. Park housing may be available for rent. If you are interested in this position, please send complete transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), a resume, the names and contact information for at least 2 references and a brief cover letter to Helen Violi at Helen_Violi@nps.gov. Please feel free to email or call (410) 629-6070 with any additional questions. Posted: 1/5/11.
Oregon Sea Grant: now accepting applications from undergraduates for the Summer Scholars program. The program prepares undergraduate students for graduate school and careers in marine science, policy, management, and outreach. This ten week program places high caliber junior and senior undergraduate students from around the country with federal, state, and local public agencies to provide students with hands-on experience under the mentorship of a career professional. The goal of the program is to provide students with professional skills, agency workplace experience and real life practice in marine resource science, policy, management, and outreach and support agency programs and initiatives. Ultimately, the Summer Scholars program will increase the number of graduates who are work ready, trained in public agency marine program areas and able to apply marine science, policy, management and outreach skills to the most pressing coastal and ocean issues facing Oregon and the Nation. The 2011 cohort of students will be placed in Oregon in Lincoln, Coos, and Benton Counties. Student scholars will assist host agencies with field work, lab work, analysis, natural resource policy research, public education, outreach and community engagement efforts. Any undergraduate student who will have completed two years of study and is currently enrolled in any U.S. college or university may apply. Students of color, from first nations, non-traditional students, and those from other diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This opportunity seeks students with a variety of interests including marine science, biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science, journalism, education, political science, or economics. Selected students will be awarded a stipend during the ten week fellowship and housing will be provided to those students who need it. The application deadline is April 1. For more information, see: Undergraduate Marine Research Fellowship. Posted: 3/21/11.
Oregon State University: Once again, will be selecting nine undergraduates for a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded summer research experience on pollination biology. The 10 week program will provide undergraduates with experience in cross-disciplinary research in pollination biology in natural and manipulated ecosystems. Participants will learn about the scientific process while gaining knowledge about structural adaptations in plants and bees involved in pollination, and becoming skilled in identification of local bees and flowers. Initially, students will be engaged in a variety of existing research projects while rotating between three sites: semi-arid grasslands and shrub-steppe in northeast Oregon, forest ecosystems in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, and agricultural landscapes in western Oregon. Subsequently, each student will be assigned one of the three sites and will focus on one research project in collaboration with a mentor. The program is enriched by professional development in photography and scientific communication. The program will conclude with a Pollination Biology Conference during which all participants will present research results to the university community through an oral presentation. Outstanding students in biological science-related majors who are currently in their *sophomore or junior year* of undergraduate study are eligible. *Students who have limited opportunity to participate in research at their home institutions, and students from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.* NSF requires that participants are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its territories. Details about the program. The application deadline is February 28, 2011. Posted: 2/18/11.
Radford University: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position is available for summer 2011 to study disease ecology in aquatic freshwater communities with Drs. Jeremy Wojdak (Radford University) and Lisa Belden (Virginia Tech). The REU student will join a lab of graduate and undergraduate students working on an NSF-funded project focused on understanding the biotic factors that control trematode parasite transmission. The trematode we study first infects an aquatic snail host, then snails and amphibians as secondary intermediate hosts, and finally infects muskrats (among other organisms) as its definitive host. Thus, the REU student will gain experience with a number of diverse taxa. The student will work as part of our team at field sites and conducting mesocosm field experiments and lab studies, and will also be expected to develop his/her own independent research project. The ideal candidate will be hard-working, dedicated, careful, work well in a team setting, and be interested in pursuing a career in science. The start date is flexible, but preference will be given to a student available mid-May through August 2011. The REU student will earn a stipend of $400/week for 12 weeks and receive additional support for lodging and travel expenses, and their research. The REU student will be invited to attend the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting in 2011 (and/or 2012) with our group. Interested students are encouraged to apply by 28 February 2011, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be currently enrolled in a college or university (i.e. recent graduates are ineligible). Students from groups typically underrepresented in the sciences and students from smaller institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Applications should include: unofficial copy of transcripts, contact information for two academic references, CV / resume, and a one page statement that describes your interest in the REU position, academic goals, and previous research experience (if any). Please confirm in your statement that you meet each eligibility requirement above (e.g., citizenship, enrolled in college, available for 10-12 weeks during the summer). For more information, or if you have questions, please contact: Jeremy M. Wojdak (email@example.com, 540-831-5395). Posted: 1/27/11.
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: Undergraduate research opportunities. The RMBL is now taking applications to their Education Program. The deadline for REU applications is Feb. 15 and for RMBL scholarships is March 4. Under-represented students are encouraged to apply. Senior theses can be accommodated. Students can apply and find more information here: http://rmbl.org/education. Questions should be directed to Jennie Reithel EMAIL: sd (at) rmbl (dot) org. Posted: 1/12/11.
St. Olaf College: REU: From Genes to Ecosystems: Environmental Science in a Changing World, May 31 – August 5, 2011. Application deadline: March 1, 2011. Notification of acceptance: March 18, 2011. An NSF-REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) opportunity for up to 10 undergraduate students to conduct faculty-mentored research on a wide range of environmental science projects. Any undergraduate interested in biology, chemistry, or environmental science may apply, including students enrolled in Tribal Colleges or 2-year Community Colleges. Faculty-mentored projects range from conservation genetics of fish and freshwater turtles to food web studies in either prairie or stream ecosystems to biogeochemistry. For a complete list of projects and to apply, please visit: http://www.stolaf.edu/depts/biology/reu/. Students involved in the St. Olaf REU program will receive the intensive one-on-one mentoring of a small, liberal arts college while having access to state-of-the-art technology typically found at large research universities. Several of the proposed projects will utilize stable isotope analysis and students will gain valuable experience using our newly acquired stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer. The program will provide each student $4800 for the 10-week program, including free housing on campus, and costs for travel to/from St. Olaf at the beginning/end of the program. St. Olaf College is committed to creating an opportunity available to a wide-range of students, including students with families. As such, we are pleased to offer a family housing option in houses located on St. Olaf’s campus for students that need it (please be sure to indicate on application form). St. Olaf College is a liberal-arts college located approximately 45 minutes south of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Students will have access to natural lands (restored and remnant ecosystems) at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges, and the St. Olaf College Field Station at Weaver Dunes - a Nature Conservancy Field Site. These sites include a unique series of wetland, forest, and prairie restoration sites that provide a field laboratory for research questions ranging from soil biogeochemistry to population dynamics of small mammals to genetics and evolutionary ecology of trees and reptiles. For more information, please contact: Stephanie Schmidt (507.786.3984, firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/18/11.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: REU Internship Opportunities at SERC for summer 2011. SERC in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hand-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center's professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 10-16 weeks utilizing our 2,800 acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional-training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers in the environmental sciences. Application to the SERC Internship Program consists of a registration form, transcripts, personal essay, CV or resume, and two letters of recommendation using the SOLAA system Application deadlines: Winter/Spring (January-May): Deadline is November 15th, Summer (May-August): Deadline is February 1st, Fall (September-December): Deadline is June 1st. For more information please visit Professional Training Or email: SERCintern@si.edu. Posted: 11/15/10.
Syracuse University: Undergraduate Summer Research Position: Plant Ecology, May 16 - August 5, 2011 (12 wks). The lab of Jason Fridley is seeking a highly motivated undergraduate student interested in gaining research experience in plant physiological ecology as part of a research team investigating the effects of climate change on species-rich grasslands. The research is one component of a study that addresses long-term climate change impacts on a limestone grassland in northern England. The undergraduate project will involve lab physiological assays of ca. 20 species from the climate change experiment, conducted at the plant growth facilities of Syracuse University. The major objective is to quantify differences in resource uptake efficiencies among species that may underlie patterns of abundance shifts in response to long-term water and temperature manipulation. Activities will include plant propagation, physiological measurements involving gas exchange, water relations, and tissue nutrient analysis, and participation in data analysis, with considerable opportunities for independent research. The student will be provided with a $2000/month stipend for living expenses over the 12-wk duration. Eligibility: Relevant field or plant propagation experience and ecology-related coursework is desirable but not required. The student must be a U.S. citizen and enrolled in an accredited undergraduate college degree program. Students graduating in spring 2011 are not eligible. Interested applicants should send a statement of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation, and contact information for two additional references. The statement of interest should be less than 500 words and include the following information: (i) professional goals, (ii) interest in position, and (iii) relevant experience. Send application materials in one PDF file to Dr. Jason Fridley (email@example.com). The letter of recommendation should be e-mailed directly from the recommender with the applicants name in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2011. Posted: 2/22/11.
Texas A&M University: we have a new REU site funded by the National Science Foundation for 10 undergraduate students to conduct cutting-edge research in the cloud forests of Costa Rica. Specifically, students will have an opportunity to conduct research in the areas of:. Climate controls and change in a cloud forest. Plant-atmosphere feedbacks. Soil-atmosphere interaction. Partitioning of atmosphere and soil moisture. Successful applicants will receive all expenses paid trip to Costa Rica in addition to a $500 a week stipend. Further information about the program: http://costaricareu.tamu.edu/. See also Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica. The application deadline is January 31, 2011. Posted: 12/6/10.
[position filled] US Department of Agriculture: Two student research assistant positions will be available in summer 2011 to assist with studies of the effects of global change on grassland ecosystems. The student will assist with several research projects studying the effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide on native grassland productivity and diversity, the effects of precipitation variability on the productivity of native grasses used in bioenergy production, and the differences in productivity between diverse and monoculture grasslands. Duties will include field measurements of plants and soils, preparation of plant and soil samples for laboratory analysis, data entry, and maintenance of experiments. For more information and to apply, send a letter of application, copy of current transcripts, and contact information for two references with firsthand knowledge of your classroom/laboratory science experience and aptitude. Send applications in electronic form only to: Dr. Philip Fay, USDA-ARS Grassland Soil and Water Lab. Closes: 5/1/11. Posted: 4/12/11.
US Fish and Wildlife Service: 2 Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) opportunities exist to assist a project researching Long-billed curlew chick survival, movement, and habitat use. Project duration: early March - July 2011 with the possibility to extend through August. Study sites: Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge and Umatilla Chemical Depot near Hermiston, OR. Primary duties include 1) locating nests 2) vegetation sampling 3) data entry and 4) radio telemetry though additional duties will be assigned. Housing will be at Umatilla NWR. Vehicles will be provided during work hours. Extremely variable working hours includes weekdays, weekends, split-shifts, pre-dawn, and night work. Salary: Hourly. During peak season, will exceed 40 hour weeks, but no overtime pay is available. Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least age 18 years old. Applicants MUST be accepted for enrollment, or enrolled, as a HALF TIME degree-seeking student at an accredited technical or vocational school, or 2 or 4 year college or university and have a 2.0 GPA. Candidates should be working toward a bachelors in the sciences. Students graduating in spring 2011 and are not enrolled in courses for fall 2011 are not eligible to apply. Student is not required to be enrolled during the summer session, however. Successful candidates will have a strong interest in field biology. I also hope they possess a positive attitude, sense of humor, work well independently and with coworkers. They should be prepared to work long days in the field under adverse conditions (ie. heat, cold), be meticulous in collecting and recording data, be in good physical condition, possess good communication skills, be dedicated to study in spare time, and have a valid Driver’s License. Preferred experience: experience with maps, GPS, and compass. This is an entry level position that will expose you to many techniques in field biology and is a good resume builder. Please send a cover letter highlighting your related field experience, a resume, and contact information for three references to: Sidra Blake (firstname.lastname@example.org). Put in the subject header “STEP”. Selected students will be required to submit and pass for STEP eligibility and provide official transcripts. Salary: GS 03-05 ($11.55-15/hr) commensurate on experience. Last Date to Apply: January 29, 2011. Contact: Sidra Blake (email@example.com) preferred, Phone (509)430-3055. Posted: 12/20/10.
US Geological Survey: We will be hiring multiple summer Biological Science Technicians, under the Student Temporary Employment Program with the Aquatic Invasive Species Program at the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (Bozeman, MT). These positions involve field and laboratory research at various locations across the country (Alaska, Illinois, California, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho). The successful applicants will participate in experimental and field research on methods used to suppress aquatic invasive species, including trout, Northern pike, mussels, snails, Asian carp, and bullfrogs. Field research includes gill-netting, seine-netting, electrofishing, radio telemetry, capture-mark-recapture, fish dissections, and collecting macroinvertebrate samples. Lab research includes experiments with chemicals, electricity and UV on juvenile and larval life history stages, especially embryos. For more information about our research, please visit http://www.nrmsc.usgs.gov/staff/jgross. Applicants must possess the desire to learn and think critically, and be willing to travel for long periods of time (up to 6 weeks). The abilities to live outdoors, work extended days in the field, carry loads up to 50 lbs, and conduct field work under adverse weather conditions, in uneven terrain, and on water are essential. The abilities to follow instructions and get along with others in tight quarters are also very important, as are independent thinking and problem troubleshooting. Mechanical skills (e.g., welding, engine repair, handiness) are a plus. Graduate, post baccalaureate, and undergraduate applicants from other fields such as toxicology, chemistry, engineering, cell or molecular biology, animal sciences, and nutrition are encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact: Bahram Farokhkish, Research Assistant, USGS (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/27/11.
US Geological Survey: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center will hire two STEP (Student Temporary Employment Program) Biological Science Technicians to work on an invasive plant species research project. This research will be done in three National Park Service (NPS) units that have active prescribed fire management programs: Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, and Devils Tower National Monument, all in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. In the second year of the study (summer 2011), growing-season pre-burn and post-burn data will be collected. The project is a cooperative effort between Northern Prairie and the NPS Northern Great Plains Fire Management Office. The technicians will be based in the latter office at Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs, SD. To qualify you must be a degree-seeking student that will be taking classes in the Fall 2011 semester. The technicians will work on research study investigating the relationship between prescribed burning in ponderosa pine forests of the Black Hills, various environmental factors, and target invasive plant species. Primary responsibilities include: hiking to, finding, and setting up plots; determining the frequency and categorical abundance of approximately 15 target invasive species; measuring forest structure, canopy density, dead & down fuel loading, and fine fuel mass; using FFI computer program for data input and storage. Wages: ~$13.41/hr. Length Of Season: Mid-May until mid-August. Park housing may be available for rent. If you are interested in this position, please send complete transcripts (unofficial OK) and a resume to Amy Symstad at email@example.com Contact Amy (email or 605-745-1191) with any additional questions. Posted: 11/23/10.
University of Akron: We invite undergraduate students to participate in a summer 2011 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This REU site program supports collaborative research on "Ecology at the Urban-Rural Interface," with opportunities to investigate species, interactions, and ecosystems within human dominated landscapes. Students will be immersed in their own research projects that are part of a larger, interactive team of students and faculty. We offer a stipend, housing, and support for research supplies. Review of applications will begin February 18, 2011. For more information, and an application: visit http://www3.uakron.edu/biology/fieldstation/reu.htm, contact the Program Director, Dr. Randy Mitchell (330-972-5122 or firstname.lastname@example.org), or write to Biology REU Program, Department of Biology, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-3908. Posted: 1/5/11.
University of Arizona: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is an NSF-sponsored program that provides undergraduates a summer stipend to conduct independent research projects in conjunction with NSF funded projects under the mentorship of the projectfs senior investigators. Who is eligible? Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. What is expected? Students will develop an independent research project in conjunction with an ongoing collaborative research project conducted by Dr. Steve Archer and Dr. David Breshears. Students will summarize their findings in a written report and present their research in an oral or poster presentation during the Fall Semester of 2011. Starting date flexible, but mid-May 2011 is preferred. How much is the stipend? Up to $6,000 or $500 per week. How do I apply? go to http://ag.arizona.edu/research/archer/. Application deadline March 15, 2011 or until suitable candidate found. What is the research about? Decomposition, the breakdown of dead plant and animal material, is a fundamental process that cycles nutrients and carbon through ecosystems. Most of what is known about decomposition comes from studies in high rainfall areas, but this knowledge does not translate well to dryland ecosystems. Decomposition affects long-term soil fertility and carbon storage and therefore plays an important part in determining the role of drylands in the global carbon cycle. Recent studies suggest that ultra-violet radiation and mixing of eroded soils with litter are important drivers influencing dryland decomposition. Our research tests the importance of these drivers. We hypothesize that the formation of this soil-litter matrix is determined by wind and water erosion and that once it develops the role of ultraviolet radiation is mediated. REU students will interact with collaborators at New Mexico State University (Dr. Heather Throop), Loyola University (Dr. Paul Barnes) and the University of Kentucky (Dr. Rebecca McCulley). Posted: 2/17/11.
University of Arizona: We will be holding a 10-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program this summer in environmental and Earth system sciences at Biosphere 2. Students will participate in a variety of activities that will help them pursue a career in environmental sciences. Students will conduct their own research under a mentor, interact with other participants and scientists, and present research findings in a formal symposium setting. A unique part of the B2 REU experience will be the opportunity to interact with the public who visit B2 on tour and to obtain training in outreach related to their research topics. Additionally, students will participate in professional development workshops, an ethics in science workshop, and field trips to local attractions. Students in their Sophomore or Junior years from a wide range of disciplines and interests including biology, ecology, plant sciences, hydrology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, or computer science are encouraged to apply. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this NSF funded program. Research at Biosphere 2 aims to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about the Earth, its living systems, and its future. Students in the REU program will conduct research in the Earth system and environmental sciences that examines some facet of soil-water-atmosphere-plant interactions. Improving understanding of these interactions is important in gaining insight into the impacts and causes of global environmental change and variation. Key to research at B2 is the use of methods and techniques that allow linking across scales. Additionally, some REU projects will be conducted in partnership with the southwestern Critical Zone Observatory. Projects will focus on a variety of topics that include (but aren’t limited to): coupling ecohydrology and biogeochemistry, investigating abiotic and biotic contributions to ecosystem processes, integrating measurements across scales, using innovative tools to link climate and ecological function, and modeling of ecosystem and soil processes. Students will receive: $4,500 stipend, Lodging at Biosphere 2’s student village, Travel to and from Tucson, AZ. Applications are due March 15 2011. More information and application material. Posted: 2/1/11.
University of Arkansas: we are conducting a 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) this summer for up to 20 undergraduates who have completed at least three semesters of coursework. The program specifically aims to provide opportunities for Native American students, but all interested students are encouraged to apply. This REU focuses on field-based research on ecological service and is an ideal opportunity for students preparing for graduate school in ecological, biological, and/or engineering fields. Students work with faculty mentors on projects ranging from water quality to Ozark bird ecology and sustainability studies. The 10-week program begins June 1, 2011 and consists of a one-week Immersion Course, a 7-8 week Research Experience, and a one-week intensive program on Data Analysis and Symposia. Room and board at the University of Arkansas in addition to a $400 weekly stipend and travel allowance are included with admission to the program. Applications can be found at EcoREU.uark.edu, are due Friday, April 8, 2011, and do require letters of recommendation. Any questions about the application or the program can be directed to Dr. Michelle Evans-White, Co-PI (email@example.com) or Dustin Morton, Project Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students applying with Native American backgrounds will need to supply their tribe membership numbers along with their application in order to receive preferential handling of the form. Posted: 3/2/11.
University of California, Riverside: We invite applications for a twelve-week NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program during summer 2011 (June 13-September 16, 2011) at UC Riverside. The selected undergraduate student will participate in a research program aimed at understanding P dynamics in lake sediments of high-elevation lakes of the Sierra Nevada, CA. Applicants should have backcountry experience and the ability to carry heavy (50+ lb.) loads extended distances over steep and uneven terrain. They should be comfortable using small inflatable boats and will be expected to work independently and, at times, without supervision. A general understanding of limnology, environmental chemistry, and computer use are desirable. Eligibility limited to currently enrolled and entering undergraduates. This REU program will provide a stipend of $5,500 in addition to food and travel allowance to field sites. Additional information and application form. Applications are due by April 15, 2011. Contact: Peter Homyak (Peter.email@example.com) Posted: 1/20/11.
University of California, Santa Barbara: Seeking undergraduate student to assist with a research project studying disease-related declines of the mountain yellow-legged frog of the Sierra Nevada, CA. The undergraduate will gain hands-on experience in field research, including handling of amphibians and collection of DNA samples, and will live at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research field station for the summer; (housing costs are covered). Employment period is June through September, with exact start and end dates negotiable. Work includes backpacking to remote lakes in the Sierra Nevada, surveying frog populations, catching frogs and taking DNA and water samples. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents, be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in biology, ecology, or related field, be highly motivated and in excellent physical condition, and have backpacking experience at high elevations. Will need own backpacking gear. Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Applications deadline: May 15, 2011. To apply, send an email describing your interests and work experience, with attached resume and transcripts (unofficial transcripts OK), to Andrea Jani (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 4/21/11.
University of California, Santa Barbara: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer fellowship is open at the Marine Science Institute. Duration is 12 weeks, June 3-Aug 29, although these dates can be somewhat flexible to accommodate academic schedules. We invite applications from qualified, highly motivated undergraduate students from U.S. colleges/universities to participate in a 12-week lab and field based summer research experience. U.S. citizenship is required. The student will be involved with an NSF-funded project on the use of particulate organic matter by marine suspension feeders. The main objective of the project is to determine the relative importance of phytoplankton and kelp detritus to the diet of benthic suspension feeders on reefs off the California coast. The student will learn ecological and biochemical methods to explore this topic, and will be required to write a report, in the format of a scientific paper, and give a presentation on their project at the end of the summer. Travel costs to and from UCSB will be covered, and the student will be provided with a $500/week stipend for living expenses. This is a full-time commitment and any work or educational activities outside the program must be approved. You are eligible if you are an undergraduate student who has completed at least two years of study towards a bachelor's degree, and you will still be an undergraduate in the fall after the summer program. Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Experience with scientific diving is desirable but not required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions. Interested applicants should send a statement of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation, and contact information for one additional reference. The statement of interest should be less than 500 words and include the following information: (i) professional goals, (ii) interest in position, and (iii) relevant experience. Send application materials, preferably in one PDF or Word file, to Robert Miller (email@example.com). You may also send all application materials in hard copy by non-electronic mail service to: Robert Miller, Marine Science Institute, UCSB, Santa Barbara CA 93601-6150. Either method of application is fine as we understand some applicants may have limited electronic access. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender (please include the applicants name in the subject line for emails). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2011. Posted: 4/4/11.
University of Colorado: Research Experience for Undergraduates: American Pika Study, June 6 - August 12, 2011 Compensation: $4,400 stipend plus complimentary food and lodging. Location: Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research Site and University of Colorado Mountain Research Station. Application materials: Resume, detailed cover letter and two letters of recommendation. Apply to: Jennifer.Wilkening@colorado.edu (electronic submissions only). Application deadline: April 29, 2011. Study effects of climate on the behavior, physiology and survival of the American pika, high in the Rockies at the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research Site. This position involves extensive field work, some self-directed, as well as participation in an REU program. REU students live and work at the Mountain Research Station located 40 minutes west of Boulder, CO. Food and lodging at the MRS are provided free of charge, in addition to a stipend of $4400 for the 10-week program. Requirements: Applicants must be available June 6 - August 12. REU guidelines stipulate that each applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the US, currently enrolled in (or accepted to) an undergraduate degree program. Applicants should be comfortable backpacking and working at high elevations (9000-13000 feet), and working with live animals (we sample blood, tissue, urine and feces from every pika captured). We are looking for a highly motivated student with strong interpersonal skills who is well organized, attentive to detail, and more than willing to work in sometimes harsh field conditions. This position is designed as an introduction to modern research in ecology, so extensive experience is not required. Desirable qualifications: Experience backpacking at high elevations. Coursework in ecology, physiology, animal behavior, physical geography and/or global change issues. Experience with GPS units and GIS software. Computer proficiency and experience with MS Excel. First Aid certification. Familiarity with leave-no-trace methods. Those interested in developing an honors project related to this study are especially welcome to apply. Apply by email to Jennifer.Wilkening@colorado.edu. Include two letters of recommendation, a resume, and a cover letter detailing relevant experience, coursework, and GPA. Posted: 4/6/11.
University of Idaho: The Center for Research on Invasive Species and Small Populations (CRISSP) is accepting applications for its 2011 Summer REU program. Projects under faculty mentorship span a number of ecological disciplines and include research opportunities in plant-animal interactions, stream and fisheries ecology, and the impacts of invasive species. Evaluation of applicants will begin on March 21, 2011. More information, including project titles and full application packet or email Marijka Haverhals (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/2/11.
University of Illinois: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is available through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for summer 2011 to study the eco-epidemiology of West Nile virus (WNV) in the Chicago suburbs. The REU student will join an existing team working on a multi-institutional project studying the epidemiology and ecology of West Nile virus in the Chicago suburbs. The student's project will focus on the ecology of the avian hosts of West Nile virus. The REU student will be responsible for attaching radio transmitters to House Sparrows and tracking tagged birds throughout the study region using telemetry techniques to identify communal House Sparrow roosts. The student will also assist in mist-netting efforts and mosquito identification as needed. Applicants should be hard-working, dedicated, work well with a team or independently, willing to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and willing to work early mornings required for mist-netting. The REU student will earn a stipend of $400/week for 12 weeks. Housing will be provided in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Applicants should be pursuing a degree in the biological sciences, preferably with an emphasis in ecology or field biology. Previous work handling small animals or birds is preferred. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be currently enrolled in a college or university (i.e. recent graduates are ineligible). The position will begin as soon as the student is available in May through August of 2011. Applications will be accepted through February 24. Application materials: CV/Resume, Cover letter explaining your interest in the project, Contact information for two references, preferably attesting to your academic or research experience. Please direct application materials and questions about the position to: Bethany Krebs, Ph.D. Student, Krebs2@illinois.edu. Posted: 2/18/11.
University of Maryland: Maryland Sea Grant's Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine Science. It is a great opportunity. Spend a summer by the Chesapeake Bay. Details: - 12 week program: May 22 to August 14, 2011. - $4200 stipend plus housing and travel support to and from Maryland - Applications due: February 22, 2011 - Apply. We select undergraduates in diverse disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental science. Details and application guidance at http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/REU. We are particularly interested in supporting talented students from institutions where access to marine science and to research projects is limited and who are from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Since 1989, NSF has supported bringing students to conduct individual research projects with a scientist-mentor at either Chesapeake Biological Lab or Horn Point Lab of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. If you have any questions please feel free to email or call Fredrika Moser (301-405-6373). Posted: 11/22/10.
University of Nevada: Summer 2011 REU program in natural resources – conservation and socioeconomic issues, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Research teams will work in the eastern Sierra region of Nevada, within the Lake Tahoe-Truckee River-Pyramid Lake watershed, on studies ranging from fire effects on watershed restoration to anthropogenic influences on water quality at Lake Tahoe. Participants will be exposed to diverse scientific inquiries and technologies to gain insight into how science informs land and water use policy, management and conservation initiatives. The program will take place during the ten consecutive weeks of 6 June through 12 August 2011. Students in the program will be provided a stipend of $4,250, along with housing on campus. The application deadline is March 7, 2011. Research Topics Include: • Riparian and rangeland restoration • Impacts and management of invasive species • Rephotography (comparing past and current images of an area) analyses of environmental change • Resource management policy and implementation within the watershed. Eligibility: Qualified undergraduates, who will have junior or senior status and will be a full-time student in the Fall 2011 term, with a combination of coursework in the following disciplines are invited to apply: environmental studies, natural resources, biology, ecology, hydrology, resource economics, and statistics. We especially encourage applications from students at primarily undergraduate institutions and from underrepresented groups. Participants must be citizens or permanent legal residents of the USA. Review of applications will begin on 28 February 2011. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis. Contact: For further information, email email@example.com or visit the Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Research website. Posted: 2/4/11.
University of New Mexico: The Sevilleta LTER is seeking applicants for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). Application deadline is February 27, 2011. We will be looking for 10 REU students for the Summer of 2011. This interdisciplinary REU Site Program at the Sevilleta LTER in central New Mexico will train up to 12 undergraduate students who will conduct independent research under the guidance of UNM faculty in Biology and Earth and Planetary Sciences. The summer program includes a seminar series, a journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, ethics training, and fieldtrips. Students will conduct independent research at the Sevilleta, and present results at the annual research symposium. They will also attend a weekly seminar and journal club, and interact with visiting speakers. The program includes faculty in ecology, the geosciences, and meteorology. Working at the LTER site invites close interactions among students, faculty, and graduate students. Students will have numerous opportunities to share ideas and explore issues within and across disciplines. A goal is to increase the number of students, particularly underrepresented minorities, pursuing careers in bio-geosciences. The program will provide exposure to a large, multidisciplinary research program, inspire students to continue into professional careers, and prepare students for the rigors of graduate school, professional research, and responsible citizenship. The program exemplifies the integration of research and education. As students conduct research, they will learn how to be a scientist, along with many technical, methodological and ethical issues that arise in scientific research. Lodging and laboratory space for REU students will be provided by the UNM Sevilleta Field Station at NO COST. In addition, candidates chosen will receive a stipend of $4500 during the 11-week summer program (May 23 - August 7) . We will also refund travel costs to and from the UNM Sevilleta Field Station up to $500. Applications will be accepted from students at any stage of their undergraduate program (freshman to senior) and any discipline, so long as the applicant is interested in conservation biology and ecology. Students are not eligible if they have completed an undergraduate degree by Summer 2011. For more details and to apply, see: 2011 Sevilleta LTER REU Program. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: February 27, 2011. Posted: 1/7/11.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte: A National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer fellowship is open. We invite applications from qualified, highly motivated undergraduate students from U.S. colleges/universities to participate in a 12-week lab and field based summer research experience. The program runs from May 23 - August 12 but start and end dates are flexible. The student will participate in an NSF-funded project in Sara McMillan's lab studying the effects of stormwater management on ecosystem function (e.g. nutrient dynamics, biological integrity, temperature attenuation and hydrology) in urban streams. The student will learn field and laboratory techniques, experimental design and data analysis to develop his/her own research project within this topic. The student will be required to write a report in the format of a scientific paper and give a presentation on their project at the end of the summer. The student will also be encouraged to submit an abstract of their work for presentation at a scientific meeting (e.g. American Geophysical Union). The REU provides a $450/week stipend for living expenses and travel costs to the scientific meeting will be covered. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate institution and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should send: (1) a statement of interest, (2) resume, (3) unofficial transcript, (4) one letter of recommendation and (5) contact information for one additional reference. The statement of interest should include the following information: (i) professional goals, (ii) interest in position and (iii) relevant experience and be sent to Dr. Sara McMillan (email@example.com). The letter of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender (please include the applicant’s name in the subject line for emails). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through April 22, 2011. Posted: 4/6/11.
University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences: We seek summer interns to work in Charles H. (Pete) Peterson's lab at the UNC's Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City. Interns will work on multiple studies in marine ecology including (1) the effects of shoreline stabilization on fish habitats and salt marsh ecosystem function and (2) predator-prey interactions on oyster reefs. Interns may also participate in studies on the effects of beach nourishment on coastal habitats and human impacts on barrier island ecology. This internship will involve field and laboratory work. Interns will interact with both faculty and graduate students at the Institute of Marine Sciences. Start and end dates are flexible. Qualifications: Upper-division undergraduates or recent graduates with an interest in field work, research experience, and a biology background will be most competitive. A monthly stipend of $1300 will be provided. Limited housing is available at the lab, but most interns in the past rent houses near the lab. We will assist in finding housing if necessary. Closing date March 1, 2011. Please send the following 3 documents to the email below: 1) Resume, including GPA, email addresses of three references, and transcript (unofficial); 2) A description of relevant experience (in 500 words or less); and 3) A brief essay on how this internship fits into your professional goals (in 500 words or less). Email Rachel Gittman (Gittman@email.unc.edu) for further information. Posted: 1/27/11.
University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center: UNDERC offers two Field Ecology and Environmental Science Programs for the summer of 2011. Hands on field work … Paid tuition and housing… 6 credits/summer…and get paid $2,500/summer! Applications due November 5th! UNDERC-East: (May 16 – July 22) Spend the summer studying northwoods ecology and conducting your own research in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where UNDERC encompasses more than 7500acres with abundant wildlife (including wolves, black bear, deer) and includes lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests that have been protected for nearly a century. UNDERC-West: (June 3 – August 12): Spend the summer studying the ecology of an intermountain valley in Montana, learn how Native Americans lived and how this created their environmental awareness, and conduct your own research. Explore more than a million acres on the Flathead Reservation with abundant wildlife (including bison, elk, mountain lion, and grizzly bear) and includes grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes. (Pre-requisite - UNDERC-East). These programs promote understanding of field environmental biology and how field research is conducted through 9 – 10 weeks in the wild. Applications are accepted from students who will be completing at least their sophomore year at a 4-year college or university. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in environmental sciences. Additional information and applications are available at UNDERC or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC-East Assistant Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Page Klug, UNDERC-West Assistant Director (email@example.com). Application deadline extended to November 23, 2010. Posted: 9/23/10, revised: 11/15/10.
University of Oregon: The lab of Dr. Scott Bridgham in the Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is looking for a full-time student intern for summer 2011 as part of the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. The project is examining controls over production of the greenhouse gas methane in wetlands and its potential response to climate change. The student will gain valuable laboratory experience in environmental chemistry, microbial ecology, and anaerobic carbon cycling in wetlands. Current undergraduate science students with appropriate classes in chemistry, biology, and environmental sciences are encouraged to apply. Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Stipend is $2,000/month. Please send applications and address questions concerning this position to Dr. Rongzhong Ye at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/14/11.
University of Puerto Rico: Undergraduate Internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution. The Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies is accepting applications for the Summer 2011 internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico. The internship will run from May 30 to August 7th, 2011. Application deadline: 15 March 2011. The program will offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience fields such as: - Stream Ecology and Consumer-Resource Linkages - Plant-animal interactions - Aquatic Insect Ecology - Plant Reproductive Ecology and Evolution. Students will receive a stipend of $5,000 for the ten weeks duration of the program. Round-trip plane ticket from home institution to Puerto Rico will be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $600. The program will cover housing at the University of Puerto Rico and El Verde Field Station. The National Science Foundation and the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, fund the program. The program is limited to undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor degree at a college or university during summer 2011 that are US citizen or permanent resident. Application materials and further information can be found at http://web.ites.upr.edu/reu/. Posted: 3/1/11.
University of South Carolina: Wetland biogeochemistry interns. Two 10-week summer undergraduate internships are available in the Wetland Biogeochemistry Lab at the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory (Georgetown, SC). The internships are funded as part of a National Institute of Climatic Change Research (NICCR) project that is examining the impacts of salt-water intrusion on carbon cycling in tidal freshwater marshes. During the summer, each intern will conduct an individual research project that is relevant to the larger project goals. Additionally, s/he will contribute to ongoing research efforts of the Wetland Biogeochemistry Lab and will also be encouraged to participate in other programs at the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory (environmental processes and ecology, from molecular to landscape scales). With guidance, the interns will conduct their projects, process samples, and analyze data before making a short presentation to the BMFL staff at the end of the summer. Students will be hired as temporary employees of the University of South Carolina and will be paid hourly ($10 per hr) for up to 10 weeks. Low-cost housing is available on-site. Interns should be available to start on or around June 01, 2011. To apply, a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation are required. The letter of interest should mention the applicant’s current academic interests, relevant coursework completed, previous research experience, and how this internship would help the student achieve her/his career goals. The student should e-mail the letter of interest and resume to Dr. Scott Neubauer (email@example.com). The letters of support should be e-mailed by the student’s professional references directly to Dr. Neubauer. Applications will be reviewed beginning on March 28, 2011. Questions can be directed to Dr. Neubauer. Posted: 3/17/11.
University of Tennessee: The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is now taking applications for its 8-week long summer research program for undergraduates (REU) and veterinary students (REV) interested in research at the interface between mathematics and biology. The program takes place May 31- July 22, 2010 on the Knoxville campus. Undergraduate majors in biology, math, and related fields, veterinary students, and high school math and biology teachers will live on campus and work in teams with UTK faculty. Disease modeling, population dynamics, behavioral ecology and intracellular transport processes are among this year's research topics. Stipend and housing are provided along with some funding for travel. Application Deadline: February 18, 2011. To apply, go to REU or REV. Also read about the experiences of past participants. For more information contact Kelly Moran, NIMBioS Education and Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS Associate Director of Education, Outreach and Diversity, NIMBioS, email@example.com. Posted: 12/17/10.
University of Texas at Austin: The Switchgrass Summer Research Program is an opportunity for students to participate in mentored independent research on the biology of switchgrass. The program is funded through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and is associated with ongoing interdisciplinary work on the ecology, physiology, and genomic responses of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), a potential biofuel crop, to future climate change. Summer students will be immersed in research and learn basic and applied biology through active participation. As part of our research team, you will contribute to group research projects, design your own short research project, and present your work in an end-of-summer student symposium. Students in the program will work as part of a research group headed by one of the following UT Faculty: Dr. Tom Juenger, Dr. Christine Hawkes, Dr. Tim Keitt. Each REU position is supported for ten weeks. The program runs from the first week in June until the first week of August 2011. Students will be housed in a UT dormitory, and the costs of the dormitory and meal plan are included in the program. Each student will be awarded a stipend of $4,500 for the summer, and some funds will be available to help defray the cost of traveling to Austin. Who Should Apply? Students in their sophomore or junior years of college, with strong credentials and majoring in ecology, biology, genetics, or related discipline are encouraged to apply. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students must also be prepared for fieldwork in hot and humid conditions. The application deadline is March 15. Applications should consist of a single pdf file containing a cover letter describing your experience, interests, future career plans, and a copy of your transcripts. The applicant should also see that two letters of recommendation are submitted on their behalf. All materials should be sent via email to: Dr. Tom Juenger (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/7/11.
University of Virginia: MLBS Summer 2011 Field Course and REU Opportunities Mountain Lake Biological Station is pleased to announce its summer program of field-based undergraduate and graduate-level credit courses offered by nationally recruited instructors, and its NSF REU undergraduate research internship program, now in its 19th year. Work at MLBS focuses on field-based ecology, evolution, physiology, and behavior. Learn more about the programs or complete an on-line application. Go to MLBS.org and Click on Summer Courses or REU Program. REU Application Deadline: February 20, 2011. Posted: 1/6/11.
University of Wisconsin: Ecology of Bird Loss REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates): A comparison of bird abundance and fruit removal between Saipan, Tinian, and Rota The Ecology of Bird Loss project examines the effect of bird loss on forests through changes in seed dispersal and food web dynamics. Our research focuses on the Mariana Islands, comparing forests on Guam, where forest birds are functionally extinct due to predation by the invasive brown treesnake, to forests on three of the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan, Tinian and Rota), where native avifauna populations are still intact. This summer, the REU student will conduct surveys and feeding observations of frugivorous birds on the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota in order to quantify the differences in bird communities and seed removal between islands. The student will work with project leaders to develop methods, conduct the research independently, and present results in a seminar at the University of Guam at the end of the summer. The REU student will also participate in general research activities undertaken by the Ecology of Bird Loss project. The REU student will receive a stipend of $4400. A roundtrip flight from any major US airport to Guam and housing and will be provided. Duration: The REU position lasts 11 weeks, but the start and end dates are flexible. Recommended start dates are between May 15th and June 13th and end dates between August 5th and August 26th, 2011. Eligibility: Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. They must have completed their sophomore or junior year of college before summer 2011, and be continuing as a full-time student in the Fall 2011 term. We encourage applications from students at primarily undergraduate institutions and from underrepresented groups. Participants must be citizens or permanent legal residents of the US, and must have a valid US drivers license and passport. To apply: Candidates should email a single document (.pdf, .doc, .docx) containing a cover letter, a resume highlighting your research experience (particularly bird-related experience), and contact information for three references to Isaac at email@example.com. Please contact Isaac by email if you have any questions related to the internship. More information. Deadline: 3/4/11. Posted: 2/22/11.
University of Wisconsin: Ecology, Plant, and Environmental Systems Summer Research Program. As a subgroup of the Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program we offer exceptional undergraduate students an opportunity to pursue basic and applied research experience at a world class research institution in laboratories focused on ecological, plant, and environmental research. Undergraduate participants in the program will engage in independent research, guided by a graduate student or postdoctoral mentor and a faculty member. During these ten weeks, you will have the opportunity to: * Build your scientific skills. Develop your skills as a scientist and as a communicator of scientific knowledge by designing and performing your own experiments, analyzing the current scientific literature, attending research seminars, and preparing final written and oral presentations of your work. * Collaborate with your peers. Participate in weekly discussion with your undergraduate peers, your research lab group, and in other career-oriented programs. * Explore Madison! The program allows ample free time for enjoying the Madison culture, including sailing, rowing and other outdoor activities, free weekend lakeside music, shopping, art museums, and myriad music, dance and theater performances. Important Dates and Deadlines! 2011 Program: May 31 - August 6, 2011. Application Deadline: February 15, 2011. Contact Information: Carmela Diosana (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Student Services Coordinator, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, 608-265-0604. Sara Rodock (email@example.com), Student Services Coordinator, Plant Pathology, Entomology and Forest & Wildlife Ecology, 608-262-9926. For information regarding the application, eligibility, financial support and the other subgroups please see link above. Posted: 1/18/11.
University of Wyoming: REU opportunity for studying responses of plant-microbe interactions to climate change in grasslands. A summer Research Experience for Undergraduates position is available to work on an NSF sponsored project investigating responses of plant-microbe interactions to climate change in native and disturbed grassland communities in Wyoming. This project examines community level rhizosphere processes driving ecosystem responses to elevated CO2 and warming. Research utilizes a wide variety of stable isotope and molecular techniques and combines the study of the responses of plant and microbial communities structure and function. Questions include the role of stoichiometry as well as invasive species on nutrient and C cycling responses to climate change factors. Field research takes place at an ongoing, state-of-the-art, manipulative climate change experiment in grassland near Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Prairie Heating and CO2 Enrichment (PHACE) experiment. The PHACE experiment is one of only a few in the world where both atmospheric CO2 and temperature are manipulated. The REU scholar will work in the laboratory of Dr. Elise Pendall at the University of Wyoming in Laramie and will collaborate with researchers from Colorado State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Station in Fort Collins, Colorado. The REU scholar will have the option to participate in the design and execution of field and/or laboratory experiments and will be jointly mentored by Dr. Pendall and a group of graduate student and postdoctoral researchers. The selected student will become familiarized with state- of-the-art compound-specific, stable isotope experimental and analytical techniques. A generous weekly stipend is available for 12-14 weeks, preferably starting in early May. Eligibility requires enrollment in an undergraduate degree program in biology, ecology or soil science with expected graduation not before Dec. 2011. To apply, submit a resume, one page letter of interest, and transcripts to Elise Pendall (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Yolima Carrillo (email@example.com) by April 1, 2011. Please contact Yolima Carrillo or Elise Pendall for questions. NSF requires that participants are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its territories. Posted: 3/18/11.
Virginia Tech: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position is available in the Department of Biological Sciences for summer 2011 to study avian disease ecology. The REU student will join an existing multi-institutional team studying the ecology of Mycoplasma gallisepticum infection in house finches in both the field and lab. The REU student will be responsible for helping with project research and for designing an independent study with the help and advice of Dr. Dana Hawley. The student should be willing to assist with both field and labwork, and should be comfortable learning to handle wild birds. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be currently enrolled in a college or university (i.e. recent graduates are ineligible). The position will start in early to mid-June and will last for ~10 weeks. Applications will be accepted through April 10th. To apply, please email the following information to Dr. Dana Hawley (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech: 1. Resume / CV. 2. A brief cover letter explaining your interest in the project. 3. Contact information for two references (preferably references who can attest to your academic or research experience). Posted: 3/16/11.
Virginia Tech: Applications are invited from qualified and motivated undergraduate students (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and rising seniors) from all U.S. colleges/universities to participate in a 10-week (May 30-August 5, 2011) summer research in interdisciplinary water sciences and engineering. U.S. citizenship is required. The research program is funded through the National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) program. The 10-week research will begin on May 30 (arrival day - May 29) at Virginia Tech and end on August 5, 2011 (departure day – August 6). The research internship includes a stipend of $450/week, subsistence costs (dormitory and meals) and round trip travel expenses to Virginia Tech. We have already graduated 26 excellent undergraduate researchers from our site during 2007-09. Application materials, details of possible research projects and other program activities are posted at the link above. Example Projects: • Biogeochemical Controls on Contaminant Transport and Transformation • Hydrology and Hydraulics Impacts on Ecological Health of Surface Waters • Bacterial Contamination of Water Distribution and Plumbing Pipelines • Water Quality for Human Health and Aesthetics • Microbial Source Tracking in a Watershed Environment • Hypolimnetic Oxygenation: Coupling Bubble-Plume and Reservoir Models • Real-Time Water Monitoring System • Water-Energy Nexus and Decentralized Water Infrastructure • Antibiotic Resistance Genes (ARGs) as Emerging Environmental Contaminants • Analysis of Patterns of Macroinvertebrate Density and Distribution in Strouble’s Creek. Deadline for application submission is March 07, 2011. Successful applicants will be informed by March 21, 2011. Please contact Dr. Vinod K Lohani (phone: (540)231-9545; E-mail: email@example.com) for questions. Posted: 1/27/11.
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Undergraduate Tropical Ecology & Conservation program. There are still spaces for the Fall semester in two undergrad programs offered in Monteverde, Costa Rica by the Council on International Educational Exchange: Tropical Ecology & Conservation and Sustainability and the Environment. Both are semester length, academically challenging programs that include science courses in English as well as Spanish language instruction. No Spanish is required to enroll. There is extensive travel throughout Costa Rica with excursions to either Panama or Nicaragua. For more information, please direct interested Juniors and Seniors to ciee.org. Deadline to enroll is May 31st. Alan R Masters, Resident Director (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 5/16/11.
Summer 2011 Courses at the Oregon Institute Of Marine Biology: Courses are designed for upper division undergraduates. Please pass this information along to any undergraduates who might be interested or the undergraduate biology advisor in your department. FOR FURTHER DETAILS – www.uoregon.edu/~oimb
8 WEEK COURSES (June 20 - August 12, 2011)
INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY Instructor: Jason Williams
MARINE ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS Instructor: Patrick Baker
BIOLOGY OF FISHES Instructor: Daryl Parkyn
MARINE BOTANY Instructor: Cynthia Trowbridge
2 WEEK COURSES
COASTAL BIOLOGY July 11-14 and 18-21 Instructor: Stewart Schulz
INTRODUCTION TO EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND STATISTICS August 15 – 26
Instructor: Brian Bingham
BIOLOGICAL ILLUSTRATION June 18-19 and 25-26 Instructor: Lee Braithwaite
BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS July 9-10 and 16-17 Instructor: James Carlton
PHYSIOLOGY OF INTERTIDAL ANIMALS July 30 - 31 and August 6 - 7 Instructor: Shirley Baker
Scholarships and dormitory housing are available.
Ecological Genetics Field Study Abroad in China: Unique (and Low-Cost) Opportunity for Ten Undergraduates. Learn Chinese and Ecological Genetics at the University of Georgia. With funding from NSF's Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program, we are offering 10 undergraduates (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only) the opportunity to participate in a unique research abroad opportunity in China during the spring and summer of 2012. This is the 4th year of the program and students have found it to be enormously rewarding. This is likely to be the penultimate offering of this course. The research focus of our PIRE grant is a forensic biogeographic study of species that are native to China and invasive in the southeastern U.S. as well as a growing number of species native to the southeastern U.S. and invasive in China. Each summer, we run a 6 week field course where we visit biological communities throughout China. After the field course, students continue in short-term (3-4-week) research internships in our partner labs in China. Students will need to be prepared to take full advantage of this experience. Therefore, during the spring semester, students must enroll at the University of Georgia (UGA) and take 3 courses; two in intensive elementary Mandarin Chinese and a laboratory course in genetics. No prior experience with Chinese language is required, although students should have had at least a course in introductory biology and preferably courses in ecology and evolutionary biology. After 1 semester of Chinese, most of our students can operate quite well in China. The cost to the student of the summer program is minimal: the grant covers travel to and within China, lodging and most meals. The student is responsible for health insurance, visa costs and personal expenses. Students are also responsible for the costs of enrolling at the University of Georgia for all required courses (12 credit hours) (all students are charged at the in-state tuition rate of ~$300 per credit hour plus fees). The deadline for applications is April 29, 2011. Applications for the 2012 program are available at http://www.genetics.uga.edu/pire/undergrad.html. We encourage any interested students to contact Dr. Rodney Mauricio for more information (email@example.com). Posted: 3/17/11.
Summer Study Abroad in Madagascar: - May 26 to July 6, 2011. Since 1995, Stony Brook's study abroad program in Madagascar has provided students from across the country with the opportunity to study the biodiversity and culture of this exotic tropical island. Students spend part of their trip living and studying in the rainforest at Ranomafana National Park, sharing the research and training center (Centre ValBio) with scientists and staff conducting cutting-edge biodiversity research. Shorter stays in other parts of the country will introduce students to the wide variety of cultures, environments, and biodiversity that is Madagascar. More details. Posted: 2/18/11.
Mongolia Summer Field Course: The Zoological Society of London's Mongolia-based Steppe Forward Programme (SFP) is looking for international students to join Mongolian biology undergraduates on their 2011 field course. The field course will be held in Mongolia’s unique rolling steppe grasslands, in the vicinity of Hustai National Park – famous for its Przewalski’s horse re-introduction program. The dates for the course are still to be finalized, but will be in August 2011 for approximately two weeks. The field course will be taught by conservation practitioners and researchers from the Zoological Society of London, with input from faculty staff of the National University of Mongolia and park rangers. This course will provide an amazing opportunity to learn more about Mongolian biodiversity and conservation issues, as well as ecological fieldwork skills and tools, alongside local researchers and students through a series of classes and labs. Students will experience the traditional Mongolian nomadic lifestyle -camping in tents and eating Mongolian food, with meat purchased from local herders. For more details about the course and SFP’s conservation activities in Mongolia please visit our website and click on the ‘2011 Summer Field Course in Mongolia’ link: www.zsl.org/mongolia. Posted: 12/10/10.
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