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University of California Riverside REU, Alpine Lake ecology in the Sierra Nevada 5/9/14 4/30/14
Murray State University REU, macroinvertebrate communities in the Arctic  5/7/14 5/7/14
Oregon State University REU, forest ecology 5/5/14 4/29/14
University of Notre Dame REU, Arctic LTER/Landscapes 5/1/14 3/12/14
University of Colorado Undergraduate Researcher - Rockies Pika Project 4/25/14 3/20/14
Duke University Summer research asst, effects of mining on Appalachian stream ecosystems 4/20/14 4/9/14
SUNY ESF REU, forest ecology  4/18/14 4/18/14
Duke University Summer Research Asst: Urbanization Effects on Aquatic Ecosystem Processes 4/15/14 3/26/14
University of California Santa Barbara REU, marine ecology 4/15/14 2/28/14
University of Maine Summer reseach assts, effects of urbanization on ecosystem processes in ephemeral wetlands 4/14/14 3/27/14
University of Chicago Summer research asst, host-pathogen interactions in gypsy moth, Michigan  4/11/14 4/11/14
Trout Unlimited Biological Field Technician; Boise, ID 4/11/14 3/28/14
University of Washington REU, impacts of climate change on plant communities, Mt. Rainier 4/1/14 3/13/14
University of North Carolina REU in plant disease ecology 3/31/14 3/20/14
University of Minnesota Summer Field Assistants in Applied Forest Ecology 3/31/14 3/20/14
Florida International University REU in Coral Reef Ecology 3/31/14 3/7/14
Missouri Botanical Garden REU in Plant Systematics, Conservation Biology, and Ethnobotany 3/30/14 3/20/14
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama) REU, Integrative Biology 3/30/14 3/12/14
University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer research assistant, stream ecosystem ecology 3/30/14 2/26/14
University of Minnesota Summer field technician for black ash research 3/29/14 3/5/14
University of Florida REU: Plant invasions and emerging pathogens  3/28/14 3/28/14
University of Wyoming Summer research in pest management in alfalfa and wheat  3/27/14 3/27/14
University of North Carolina REU, coastal dune dynamics  3/26/14 3/26/14
University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer research assistant, arctic biogeochemistry 3/24/14 2/26/14
Central Michigan University REU: Great Lakes ecosystems 3/21/14 2/28/14
Indiana University REU: ecosystem consequences of plant-microbe interactions 3/21/14 2/24/14
University of Cincinnati REU in Sensory Ecology 3/15/14 2/4/14
Long Island University Post Summer Internship Program in Biology 3/15/14 1/28/14
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium REU: Interdisciplinary Research in Changing Coastal Environments 3/15/14 1/14/14
Fordham University REU, seed bank for studies of plant evolutionary responses to climate change 3/14/14 2/18/14
California State University Monterey Bay REU in Ocean Sciences 3/14/14 2/17/14
University of Central Oklahoma REU: honey bees and solitary bees in Turkey 3/14/14 1/16/14
Northwest Entomological Research Center Summer Undergraduate Research Internship  3/13/14 3/13/14
University of Texas El Paso REU, Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity 3/7/14 1/31/14
University of Texas Marine Science Institute REU: marine science 3/7/14 1/16/14
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Undergraduate research opportunities 3/5/14 2/6/14
Northern Illinois University REU - Energy & Enviroment 3/3/14 2/24/14
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi REU: Climate Change, Global Warming, and the Health of Texas Bays and Estuaries 3/3/14 1/17/14
University of Wisconsin-Stout REU: water quality and phosphorus mitigation 3/1/14 2/12/14
University of Vermont REU: Human Impacts in the Lake Champlain Ecosystem 3/1/14 2/5/14
University of Alaska Anchorage Treeline Ecology Field Assistant 3/1/14 1/31/14
Kansas State University REU: Ecology and Evolution of Changing Environments 3/1/14 1/17/14
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale REU: Convergence Ecology 3/1/14 1/15/14
University of Texas Austin REU: ecology, genomics, physiology, & climate change 3/1/14 1/15/14
College of William & Mary Butterfly Research Intern 2/28/14 1/28/14
University of Puerto Rico REU, Tropical Ecology and Evolution 2/28/14 12/2/13
University of Georgia REU, Population Ecology of Infectious Diseases 2/24/14 2/11/14
Marine Biological Laboratory REU, watershed and estuarine ecosystems  2/21/14 2/21/14
Samford University REU: chemistry, genetics, and ecology of Oak Mountain State Park 2/20/14 11/14/13
Oregon State University REU, plant & animal phenology in response to climate variability 2/18/14 1/24/14
Virginia Tech PINEMAP Undergraduate Fellowship Program (up to 18 positions) 2/18/14 1/7/14
University of California Berkeley REU: grassland food web and climate change study 2/17/14 1/30/14
Kent State University REU: Terrestrial-aquatic linkages in urban impacted ecosystem 2/17/14 1/15/14
University of Alberta (Canada) Undergraduate Internship in Soil Carbon Cycling 2/15/14 2/11/14
Michigan State University REU: Kellogg Biological Station 2/15/14 1/22/14
National Ecological Observatory Network Summer Undergraduate Internship Program 2/15/14 1/7/14
Georgia Tech REU, Aquatic Chemical Ecology 2/15/14 12/3/13
University of Kansas REU: Models in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 2/14/14 1/14/14
University of Tennessee Mathematical and Biological Synthesis Summer Research Program 2/14/14 12/27/13
Harvard Forest-Harvard University REU, Ecology 2/7/14 1/8/14
Plymouth State University REU, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest 2/7/14 12/11/13
University of Arizona REU, environmental and Earth system sciences at Biosphere 2 2/7/14 12/9/13
Wayne State University Sustainability Internships 2/1/14 1/10/14
Chicago Botanic Garden REU, Plant Biology and Conservation 1/31/14 1/7/14
Mathematical Biosciences Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program 1/27/14 12/20/13
Brookhaven National Laboratory Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship 1/10/14 12/18/13
Marine Biological Laboratory REU, Arctic ecosystem ecology  1/8/14 1/8/14
Washington University Summer Internship, effects of restoration on insect diversity  12/16/13 12/16/13
Oregon State University REU, tropical hummingbird pollination ecology 12/15/13 11/5/13
Chesapeake Bay Trust Internship – Spring Semester (part-time) or Summer 12/4/13 11/8/13

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Brookhaven National Laboratory: Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) is a 10 week internship from the beginning of June to the beginning of August. Students will assist with ongoing research on a 200-acre solar facility and at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. We are looking for highly motivated students who can work independently to complete a variety of research activities. A weekly stipend is provided and free dormitory style housing is available for students who live more than 50 miles from the Laboratory. Applicant should be an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in wildlife/biology/natural resources. Must be willing to work non-traditional hours if necessary and work alone. Familiarity with the flora and fauna on Long Island will be helpful. You must have a valid driver's license. Familiarity with GPS and GIS is beneficial. Wildlife handling experience is preferred. Possible research topics include: Small Mammal trapping – 2 interns Vegetation sampling – 2 interns Radio telemetry on box turtles – 2 interns Reptiles and Amphibian surveys – 1 intern Bat acoustic surveys – 1 intern Deer 4 poster analysis – 1 intern. Applications must be filled out online. No applications will be accepted through e-mail. Applicants must be a sophomore or higher with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Two references are required. Students who graduated in or after August 2013 may still apply. Please include which project(s) you would prefer in your application. Full eligibility requirements are available on the SULI website. Once the application is completed online, please e-mail For further information, see the links above. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Higbie at Application deadline is January 10th 2014. Posted: 12/18/13.

California State University Monterey Bay: a new REU program in Ocean Sciences. Students in this new program can choose to conduct Ocean Science research in Monterey Bay in the following areas (the list of research topics within each area is not exhaustive): Marine Biology and Ecology (includes population ecology, kelp forest ecology, marine landscape ecology, marine microbiology, population genetics, ecophysiology and biomechanics) Ocean Engineering (includes ocean robotics, autonomous underwater vehicle design, artificial intelligence, computer programming, scientific instrumentation development) Oceanography (includes ocean current modeling, deep sea population ecology, ocean acidification, trace metal analysis and plankton ecology) Marine Geology (includes deep sea canyon formation, coastal hydrology, seafloor mapping, hydrothermal vent dynamics, coastal erosion, plate tectonics and marine biogeochemistry) In addition to electing to work with mentors at CSU Monterey Bay students can also elect to work with mentors at our Monterey Bay area REU partner institutions. These include: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Moss Landing Marine Labs Naval Postgraduate School Students will be provided with a stipend in addition to support for travel, room and board. Students will also receive post REU support to attend conferences and support in applying to subsequent REU programs or graduate programs. The application portal for the program will close on March 14th. The summer program will run from June 9th to August 15th. For more information about the program, see We especially encourage applications from student groups historically underrepresented in the Ocean Sciences and students from institutions where research opportunities are limited (Junior/Community Colleges, Tribal Colleges, HBCUs and HSIs). Please feel free to contact Corey Garza directly by email ( ( or phone (831-582-3024) if you have any questions. Posted: 2/17/14.

Central Michigan University: we are offering a 10-week undergraduate research experience at its Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island. This program will provide funding for 6 undergraduates to work with CMU and Northwestern Michigan College faculty on research projects related to the Great Lakes ecosystems. Students will live and work on Beaver Island from June 2 – August 8, 2014, receiving a $4,000 stipend, together with free room and board and up to $500 for travel to Beaver Island. More information on potential projects and the online application are available at: CMU Great Lakes Summer REU Program. Applications are due by Friday, March 21, 2014, with the final selection of participants expected by April 11. Questions can be directed to Jessica Lapp, coordinator of the Institute for Great Lakes Research, via email to or by phone to 989-774-4401. Posted: 2/28/14.

Chesapeake Bay Trust: Internship – Spring Semester (part-time) and Summer (full-time) The Chesapeake Bay Trust, a non-profit, state-chartered grant-making organization supported by the Treasure the Chesapeake (bay plate) license plate program, seeks an intern interested in gaining experience in the non-profit environmental sector. The participating intern will work at the Chesapeake Bay Trust during the spring 2014 semester (January through May) at a rate of $10 per hour, with a minimum of four hours per week and a maximum of 10 hours per week and will transition in June to the Trust’s full-time, ten-week summer internship program that offers a $3,000 stipend. Duties at the Trust during the spring semester include a variety of administrative grant-related tasks on our portfolio of K-12 environmental education, on-the-ground watershed and habitat restoration, and citizen engagement projects, including K-12 environmental education grant review. Duties at the Trust added during the summer months include some field work to assess proposed and completed restoration projects and an independent project of the student’s choosing related to watershed issues and aligned with the Trust’s mission. Independent projects completed by interns in the past have been adapted for independent study credit through the student’s university with university and professor permission. Students gain a wide range of skills for their resumes beyond traditional environmental organization experience, including grant management and general experience with grant-making and grant-writing. Students also gain knowledge of and experience with a subset of the 300 non-profit grantees we engage every year. Eligible applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students attending a two- or four-year college or university in Maryland with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. In addition, all undergraduate applicants must be entering or continuing their sophomore, junior, or senior year during the spring 2014 semester. Students of all majors are welcome to apply. Interested students should send to Tara Baker (, 410-974-2941 x102) a resume and cover letter that addresses a) what the student hopes to gain from the experience and how it fits in with his/her career goals, and b) what skills and experiences the student has that are relevant to Trust goals. Applications will begin to be reviewed on December 4, 2013. Posted: 11/8/13. Chicago Botanic Garden: This summer, the Chicago Botanic Garden and partner institutions will host 10 NSF-REU interns (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) conducting research under the broad theme of PLANT BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION, from genetic to ecosystem levels of inquiry. Potential projects include work in systematics, conservation biology, restoration ecology, biogeochemistry, and related fields. Students will gain laboratory and field experience, participate in professional development activities, help mentor high-school student researchers, and enjoy a fun social environment. Participation is restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will be enrolled as undergraduates after summer 2014. Interns will receive a stipend of $4,750 and room and board in downtown Chicago. Costs of travel to and from Chicago will be covered. We encourage applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences and students who have limited research opportunities at their home institutions. The application deadline is January 31, 2014, and the 10-week program will run from June 9-August 15, 2014. For more information or to apply, visit Questions should be directed to Posted: 1/7/14.

College of William & Mary: I am currently looking for applicants interested in butterfly research/ecology for a project on butterfly abundance and diversity in Williamsburg, Virginia, a continuation of a study that started in 2012. BUTTERFLY RESEARCH INTERN (1) needed for a biodiversity study from June 1st to August 5th, 2014. The intern will assist in conducting transect surveys for a study on local species richness and distribution of eastern butterfly species. Surveys are conducted by walking transects and identifying butterflies either by sight or with nets. Sites are located throughout the Williamsburg area, in local parks or managed properties. Along with surveying, duties include data entry, field gear maintenance, and habitat assessment. Surveys start mid-morning, around 9am and go until early evening, 5pm. The intern will be part of a small team in the ACER lab of Dr. Matthias Leu and have the opportunity to assist in other projects during free time. Field truck is provided for surveys, however a private vehicle is recommended for personal travel outside work. Pay is $3,500/stipend, and housing is provided at the campus of William & Mary for students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. Qualifications: *Must be a student at an accredited university, currently enrolled in Spring and Fall 2014. *Preference for applicants who have had experience identifying eastern US butterflies *Other important qualifications are an interest in ecology, conservation biology, enthusiasm for field work, and the desire to gain diverse experience sampling flora and fauna. The intern should retain excellent data quality and good spirits, while working alongside other field crew. Biting invertebrates, including mosquitoes, chiggers, and ticks, will be present. Contact: Send a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references in a single PDF file to Angela Zappalla ( Please put BUTTERFLY RESEARCH INTERN in the email title. Last Date to Apply: February 28th, 2014. Posted: 1/28/14.

Duke University: The Bernhardt lab has a summer research assistant position open to assist with work on examining how stream ecosystems respond to mountaintop removal mining. The summer research assistant will primarily (60-75%) be involved with our work quantifying energy flow through Appalachian stream food webs. Specifically the assistant will be processing, sorting and identifying organisms from stream macroinvertebrate samples. Additional work (25-40%) will help support work aiming to understand how microbial communities respond to chemical contaminants and how watershed biogeochemistry is being altered. This work will involve conducting analyses on water samples, general lab support, and data entry and analysis. Requirements: Experience with sorting and identification (at least family level) of aquatic macroinvertebrates is desired, however we will consider applicants who are enthusiastic about learning more about aquatic macroinvertebrates. Background of at least one environmental science or ecology course is required. Must be self-motivated and able to work without direct supervision. We are especially interested in students who would like to gain research experience in ecology in order to pursue future opportunities. Supervisors: Kris Voss, Dr. Emily Bernhardt. Position: Full-time, salary commensurate with experience. Time Frame: Summer 2014 (flexible dates). How to apply: Send your resume including your GPA, relevant classes taken, relevant lab experience, contact information for a reference, and a brief description of why you are interested in the position to Kris Voss at In the subject line of your e-mail, please write "Bernhardt Lab Summer Research Position". Application Deadline: April 20. Posted: 4/9/14.

Duke University: The Bernhardt lab has a summer research assistant position open to assist with work on two projects, 1) how the urban homogenization of hydroscapes alters denitrification potential in ponds across US cities and 2) an NSF funded project examining how variability in urban watershed development affects streamwater quality. Description: Assist with experiments to determine how different aspects of urbanization affect aquatic ecosystem processes. Responsibilities may include: driving to field sites to download sensor data and collect water samples; running water samples on a MIMS, IC, Lachat, and other lab equipment; measuring stream discharge in the field; processing pond sediment samples for denitrification assays; sample digestions for ICP-MS analysis; maintaining a database and general lab maintenance. Requirements: Experience with field research in an ecology or biogeochemistry lab a plus but not necessary. Background or at least one environmental science, ecology, or chemistry course. Must be self-motivated, able to work without direct supervision, and able to tolerate Durham, NC summer conditions (humid & hot). Must have a driver’s license and be willing to drive a large lab vehicle. We are especially interested in students who would like to gain research experience in ecology in order to pursue future opportunities. Name of Student's Supervisor: Joanna Blaszczak, Dr. Emily Bernhardt. Position: Full-time, salary commensurate with experience. Time Frame: Summer (flexible dates). How to apply: Send your resume including your GPA, relevant classes taken, contact information for a reference, and a brief description of why you are interested plus relevant experience to Joanna Blaszczak at Application Deadline: April 15th. Posted: 3/26/14.

Florida International University: We seek a highly motivated undergraduate to fill a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in coral reef ecology. The successful applicant will work with Drs. Deron Burkepile and Rebecca Vega Thurber focusing on the role of corallivorous fishes, parrotfishes and butterflyfishes, as vectors of potentially pathogenic microbes and as agents of change for the coral microbiome. This position is for an undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career or graduate studies in Marine Sciences. The successful candidate will live and work on Key Largo in the Florida Keys and gain basic field and laboratory research skills in coral reef ecology and microbiology. The primary responsibility of the student will be to conduct experiments on how corallivores impact coral health and growth and potentially vector microbes to corals via predation. There will be ample opportunities to participate in other projects studying herbivore foraging behavior, coral recruitment, and nutrient dynamics on coral reefs. Eligibility: Undergraduates in their junior and senior years with interests in biology, microbiology, and environmental sciences are invited to apply. Students cannot have graduated at the time of the fellowship. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions. Minorities and underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply. Qualifications: Applicants should have a classroom/laboratory background in ecology and marine biology. Experience working on coral reefs and/or with microbiological techniques is preferred. Applicants MUST be certified SCUBA divers with at least 20 logged dives. Certification with the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) is necessary before fieldwork begins. This REU position runs June 1-August 15, 2014, but dates can be flexible. A stipend of $5,500 will be provided to the student for the 12-week full-time program. In addition, the student will be provided housing at no cost. Students from outside of the South Florida area also may apply for travel funds assistance. This position is funded by the National Science Foundation Biological Oceanography Program. To apply, submit: 1) Cover letter stating background and interest in the position; 2) CV (resume); 3) College transcripts of all completed work (unofficial transcript is fine); 4) A statement of career goals and research interests; and 5) Evidence of SCUBA diving and/or AAUS certification. Please submit as a single PDF file to Dr. Deron Burkepile via email at In addition, have two letters of reference sent directly to Dr. Burkepile from your letter writers. Please direct any questions to Dr. Burkepile via email. Application deadline is March 31, 2014. Posted: 3/7/14.

Fordham University: The lab of Steve Franks is offering Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU positions) through Project Baseline in summer 2014. Project Baseline is an NSF-funded, nationwide effort to create a seed bank for studies of plant evolutionary responses to climate change. REU students will assist with seed and data collection efforts in the field, and will also conduct independent research related to the goals of the project and to plant evolutionary ecology. The positions are based at Fordham University in New York City, but field work and collections will take place throughout the eastern United States. Applicants must be currently enrolled and in good standing at an accredited college or university, have some undergraduate education in biology, ecology or a related field, or equivalent experience, and be willing to travel for extended periods of time, carry equipment, and work in the field under potentially adverse conditions. Desirable: 1) Research or field experience, 2) Interest in plant ecology, evolution, or global change, 3) Background in or willingness to learn plant identification, 4) Evidence of dedication, motivation, ability to work in a team, communication skills, and attention to detail, 5) a current valid driver’s license. Successful applicants will receive a stipend, and costs of transportation and housing/camping during field work will be provided. The positions will run from around late-May through mid-August, and exact start and end dates are flexible. Interested applicants should submit, as a single pdf: 1) a brief cover letter describing their qualifications and research interests; 2) a résumé or CV and 3) contact information of two references. Applications should be submitted by March 14, 2014 by email to the Project Baseline postdoc for the eastern region, Dr. Jennifer Weber ( Inquiries may be sent to this address or to Dr. Steve Franks ( Posted: 2/18/14.

Georgia Tech: The Aquatic Chemical Ecology (ACE) summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is supported by the National Science Foundation. ACE gives you the opportunity to perform exciting research with our faculty in the Schools of Biology, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. You'll participate in research with one or more of our faculty, learn about careers in science and engineering, and see how scientists blend knowledge and skills from physics, chemistry, biology and related disciplines to investigate some of the most challenging problems in environmental sciences. Our REU program is also a great way to check out research as a career before committing to graduate school, and for building relationships that will help you with future career decisions. Our program website, linked above, includes program details, application process, and contact information. The following three areas comprise the research activities covered by faculty in the Aquatic Chemical Ecology program: Area 1. Biological and geochemical transformations of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems. Area 2. Sensory biology and ecology of aquatic chemical communication. Area 3. Ecological roles and consequences of chemicals in aquatic environments. The application deadline is February 15, 2014. The full-time, 10-week program will start May 18th until July 25th. Participants will receive a stipend of $5000 plus accommodations with kitchen facilities in university housing, and help with travel expenses to and from Atlanta. There will also be numerous social activities. 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 recruiting minority students and those who come from non-PhD granting institutions. Posted: 12/3/13.

Harvard Forest-Harvard University: We are offering an exciting summer program for up to 22 undergraduate students to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological research. Applications are currently being accepted on-line and complete details are listed at: Summer Research In Ecology. Program dates for 2014 are May 26 – August 8, 2014. The strict deadline for this program is February 7th, 2014. Posted: 1/8/14.

Indiana University: The Phillips lab invites applicants for a summer REU student to investigate the role of plant-microbe interactions in forests. The overarching goal of this NSF-funded research is to develop a predictive framework for examining how trees and their microbial associates influence carbon and nutrient cycling across environmental gradients. This project is being conducted in the mixed hardwood forests of south-central Indiana where we have established plots along a "nutrient economy" gradient, with plots dominated by tree species that associate with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, plots dominated by trees associating with ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi, and mixed plots (dominated by both AM and ECM trees). The successful REU student will conduct an independent research project on a question related to how soil fungi alter nutrient availability, with guidance from scientific mentors in the Phillips lab. In addition to conducting research, the student will gain experience in science communication by presenting their results a the end of the summer in written form (manuscript style research paper) and as an oral presentation. The student will have the opportunity to assist with other projects in the Phillips lab, and will gain experience in state-of-the-art soil biogeochemical methods, as well as general lab and field skills. The REU student must be able to work with minimal supervision and as part of a research team. A willingness to conduct moderate physical activity in the field under adverse conditions is essential. The student may be required to work long hours, and will be expected to endure field conditions that include rain, heat, humidity, insects, etc. The student must be comfortable being alone in the woods, and must be able to carry soil samples (up to 30 lbs.) in a backpack through moderately rugged terrain. The REU student will receive a $5,000 stipend, free room and board, and funds to support transportation to and from Bloomington. Start/end dates are somewhat flexible, but the student must be able to work for at least 12 weeks - from mid-May to early August or mid-June to late August (if on the quarter system). Students must have relevant course experience (i.e., one or more courses in environmental science, ecology, plant science, soil science or microbiology) and be undergraduates (preferably starting their junior or senior year in fall, 2014). Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this NSF funded program. To apply: Please send an email to both Drs. Richard Phillips and Tanya Cheeke which includes 1) a one page cover letter describing your research/educational background and specific interest in the position, 2) a resume that includes a list of pertinent courses (with grades) and any previous research experience, and 3) the names, email and phone numbers of two references. Applications are due March 21, 2014. Applications should be emailed directly to both Rich Phillips and Tanya Cheeke **Please make sure to reply to both Tanya and Rich, and include "Summer REU" in the title of your email**. Posted: 2/24/14.

Kansas State University: Summer 2014 REU Opportunities in The Ecology and Evolution of Changing Environments - a 10-week REU Summer Program. The focus of the program is on the mechanistic understanding of ecological and evolutionary responses to short- and long-term responses to changing environments. Research projects will address biological patterns observed in changing environments by examining underlying genetic, developmental, physiological, or ecological mechanisms. The program is hosted by the Ecological Genomics Institute, The Konza Prairie Biological Station, and the Division of Biology at K-State. Over 30 faculty from the Division of Biology and Departments of Entomology, Geography, and Plant Pathology, will serve as potential mentors. Participants will learn modern approaches in ecology and evolutionary biology, attend professional development seminars, travel to important ecological sites and genomic centers in Kansas and Missouri, and have two opportunities to present their research. The program covers costs of accommodations. Participants will also receive a generous stipend. The deadline for applications is the 1 March 2014. Complete information about the program is available by visiting Specific questions can be directed to the PIs (Dr. Bruce A. Snyder and Dr. Theodore J. Morgan) at Posted: 1/17/14.

Kent State University: Summer 2014 REU opportunity focused on Terrestrial-aquatic linkages in urban impacted ecosystems. Kent State and The Holden Arboretum invite applicants for a 10-week summer research training program. Students enrolled in this program will conduct mentored research into the importance of terrestrial-aquatic linkages in the ecology of urban-impacted ecosystems. This research will be designed to examine how human activities such as urbanization, industry, farming, mining, and recreational activities affect the way terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems interact. Projects might compare sites with and without urban impact to examine: nutrient cycling in soils and streams, microbial community composition in forest soils and stream sediments, plant-soil interactions, how shredders modify terrestrial leaf litter input to stream ecosystems, the effects of terrestrial pollutants on aquatic microbial community structure and function, how terrestrial and aquatic biogeochemical cycles are affected by human activities such as acid precipitation and land-use change. Along with learning about hypothesis generation, project design, and ethics in research, students will receive additional training archiving data in a geospatial database and will participate in weekly seminars. Participants will be provided housing, and a $500/week stipend. Students must have good standing at a community college, college or university and be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications February 17. For more information and application procedures please see or contact the REU Coordinator at or the PIs Patrick Lorch (, Mark Kershner ( or Kurt Smemo ( Posted: 1/15/14.

Long Island University Post: third summer internship program for undergraduate research. The program will fund four highly-motivated undergraduate students to work with LIU Post science faculty for 10-week research projects from June 2 to August 8, 2014. Students must complete an application and have two letters of reference sent to the selection committee by March 15, 2014. Students should review the research descriptions of the participating faculty, and indicate up to three projects that interest them. Candidates will be notified of the status of their application by April 1, 2014. The application and all supporting material can be sent to: Biology Department, c/o April Blakeslee, LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300. Internships include a $3,000 student stipend and additional financial support for on-campus housing. Up to $500 in additional funding is available for research materials. Email April Blakeslee ( with questions. Posted: 1/28/14.

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium: LUMCON invites undergraduates to apply for our NSF-sponsored, 2014 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, funds to support transportation to and from LUMCON, and research and small boat use funds. Each student will spend ten weeks (June 2nd – August 8th) 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 biogeochemistry, benthic ecology, coastal geology, coastal hypoxia, wetland science, ecosystem ecology, fisheries and aquaculture, and Gulf Oil Spill impacts. The program is open to current undergraduates (typically rising juniors and seniors) who are US citizens or permanent residents. Students from underrepresented groups in science, from small colleges, and first generation college students are encouraged to apply. Applications are due March 15, 2014. More information about the program and application materials can be found at Prospective applicants may also send questions to Posted: 1/14/14.

Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center is seeking undergraduate applicants for summer research fellowships (REU) in watershed and estuarine ecosystems in Massachusetts. Fellowships are sponsored by the Plum Island Ecosystem Long-Term Ecological Research program. REU positions are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating college seniors). REU participants are expected to start the program in early June and work full-time for 10-12 weeks during the summer of 2014. Successful candidates will conduct independent research projects that are linked to larger studies of watersheds, streams, estuary, marshes, or tidal creeks. In addition, participants are expected to assist principal investigators, postdocs, research assistants, and graduate students with ongoing projects and gain experience in a variety of research areas related to coastal science. REU participants are expected to collect and analyze data and present their research results in oral presentations and in poster and written formats by the end of their fellowship. Accommodations are provided at the field station during field work studies. Basic Qualifications: Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or environmental science. At least two positions are available, one focusing on the ecology of marine organisms and one focusing on biogeochemical cycling and or ecosystem C and N budgets. Applicants with more advanced course work in these areas are encouraged to apply. Attention to detail, the ability to work as a member of a team, and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential. Applicants must be willing to conduct moderately strenuous fieldwork in marine environments, primarily intertidal setting under variable weather conditions. Successful candidates will be expected to spend extended time at the field site in Plum Island Sound (3 hours from Woods Hole) where housing is provided and paid for by the project. Unofficial transcripts are required but may be uploaded with your application package or faxed to the Human Resources Office, 508-289-7118. If faxing, please reference the posting number. Apply Online: Posted: 2/21/14.

Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center 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 two REU positions during the 2014 field season, both in association with the Arctic LTER 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. Qualifications: 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. Apply Online: Posted: 1/8/14.

Mathematical Biosciences Institute: 2014 MBI Undergraduate Summer Research Program (June 2 - August 15, 2014). This program introduces students to exciting new areas of mathematical biology and involves them in collaborative research with their peers and faculty mentors. The program consists of three parts: · Two-week Introduction (June 2-13, 2014): Tutorials, computer labs, and team efforts designed to introduce students to a variety of topics in mathematical biology. · Eight-week REU Program (June 16-August 8, 2014): An individualized research experience as part of a research team at a participating institution. There are 14 projects to choose from. · Capstone Conference (August 11-15, 2014): A student centered conference featuring talks and posters by student researchers in math biology, keynotes by prominent math biologists, and a graduate studies recruitment fair. Apply for the REU program at the link above. A complete application will require: · Two letters of reference · A ranked list of the three projects that you want to participate in (see above) · A statement indicating your reasons for wanting to participate in this program. For full consideration, completed applications must be received by Monday January 27, 2014. Applications for the TWO-WEEK INTRODUCTION ONLY will be due in April. Applications for the CAPSTONE CONFERENCE ONLY will be due in June. Posted: 12/20/13.

Michigan State University: The Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. KBS will be funding 8-10 REUs on projects related to Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Sustainable Agriculture. The KBS REU program provides Free Room & Board, up to $400 in travel expenses, up to $500 in research funds, and a $4,500 stipend. The program runs 10-weeks from late May to early August. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full time student. We especially welcome applications from students from underrepresented groups in the sciences and first generation college students. Research projects for Summer 2014 include: -Plant Eco-physiology -Restoration ecology -Mating system evolution -Using soil tests to survey farmer attitudes about soil health -Effects of genetic diversity on plants and insects -Algal adaptation to temperature and nutrients -The role of mutualisms in plant adaptation. For more information or to apply please visit: Applications are due February 15th. Posted: 1/22/14.

Missouri Botanical Garden: We are pleased to announce the opening of the Research Experiences for Undegraduates (REU) program in Plant Systematics, Conservation Biology, and Ethnobotany that will provide research opportunities for 10 students, for 10 weeks during the summer of 2014. Students will work on independent mentored projects in plant systematics, conservation biology, and ethnobotany. Participants will have access to a herbarium of 6.2 million specimens, an excellent botanical library, rich garden collections, a laboratory with facilities for plant anatomy, microscopy, digital imaging, SEM, and DNA analysis, and the Shaw Nature Reserve - a 2,400 acre ecological preserve featuring prairie, forest, glades, wetlands, and 14 miles of hiking trails. The application deadline is March 30, 2014 (extended). Complete info can be found at the link above. Posted: 2/26/14, revised: 3/20/14.

Murray State University: The Flinn Lab is seeking applicants for an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2014 to examine macroinvertebrate communities in the Arctic. The primary goal of the REU is to develop and conduct an independent research project investigating how macroinvertebrate communities change over the course of a stream to help predict how stream function scales from the patch to the stream reach. This research will help inform our larger SCALER project which examines changes in stream production, respiration, and nutrient uptake in response to large consumer exclusions along stream discharge gradients across five North American biomes. SCALER is a multi-year project, and we will be conducting our second set of experiments in summer of 2014. This REU will support an undergraduate student who will, under the supervision of the PI, help characterize the macroinvertebrate communities of each SCALER stream site near Toolik Field Station. The REU will design, sample and analyze the macroinvertebrate communities at several intensively sampled sites nested within a larger framework of habitat types and also at a broad scale across the watershed. This project will help address the question of how stream ecosystems vary in consumer complexity from headwaters to larger streams, and whether habitat complexity requires additional sampling effort to effectively quantify heterogeneity. Further, efforts to quantify patterns of macroinvertebrate communities in reaches with high heterogeneity versus homogeneous reaches will help us understand the drivers of community change at different scales. Position Requirements: Applicants should have considerable backcountry experience and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for considerable distances over uneven terrain and and under high densities of biting insects. A general understanding of stream ecology and an interest in aquatic macroinvertebrates is desirable. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates that have a graduate date no sooner than fall 2014. Further, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent resident. REU includes a stipend of $6000 ($500/week for 12 weeks, start date negotiable). All user day costs (food and lodging, etc.) associated with Toolik Field Station will be covered as well as all travel costs to and from Fairbanks, AK from Murray, KY. Additionally, if student is recruited from off campus at Murray State University, the student will be housed at Murray State's Hancock Biological Station for the duration of the stay in Kentucky (up to 10 weeks @ $5 per day = $350 total). To Apply: Please send a resume, unofficial transcripts and a cover letter to: Dr. Michael B. Flinn ( cover letter should describe your background, qualifications and career goals. Posted: 5/7/14.

National Ecological Observatory Network: NEON’s Undergraduate Internship Program is looking for enthusiastic, qualified undergraduate students interested in real-world summer work experience in ecology, engineering or computing at our facility in Boulder, CO. NEON is currently looking for interns in the following areas: terrestrial ecology, aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology instrumentation, airborne observatory platform, engineering and computing. See our “How to Apply” page for specifics on this year’s projects. Interns receive a competitive summer salary, housing and travel to and from Boulder. Our program is designed to promote student success through mentoring, leadership training and various networking activities. We encourage applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences and engineering, and students who have limited internship opportunities at their home institutions. The application deadline is February 15, 2014, and the 11-week program will run from May 20-August 2, 2014. Dates may vary for students on the quarter system calendar. For more information or to apply, see the link above. Questions should be directed to Posted: 1/7/14.

Northern Illinois University: NSF-funded summer Research Experience for Undergraduate program, Operation E-Tank. The goal of this REU program is to create opportunities to engage undergraduates in interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainability concerning the environment, energy, economy, and ethics. Eligible undergraduates interested in environmental issues and scientific research with strong potential for a career in science are encouraged to apply for this interdisciplinary summer research opportunity. Students will work directly with faculty mentors and participate in a number of regional workshops and seminars. The program runs June 15-August 9, 2014. For description of the REU program, potential projects, and information on eligibility and applications, see the Operation E-Tank website: Applications are due Monday, March 3, 2014. Posted: 2/24/14.

Northwest Entomological Research Center: The NWERC is now accepting applications for the summer 2014 Undergraduate Research Internship Program. These are paid internships, the work is very applied and field-based. Here are the basics: Two positions to begin in May. Possibly 2 additional positions to begin mid-June. Season end August 31st. Must be able to navigate rugged terrain. Must have a valid driver's license. Interest in Entomology/Forestry highly desired. Attention to detail and commitment to research required. In return, we'll take you through the Western Oregon landscape and teach you hands-on, applied entomological techniques, giving experience in a wide variety of insect sampling and population monitoring. There will additionally be opportunities to participate in outreach activities, as well as possible credit with a home institution for students. Contact: Melissa Scherr ( Posted: 3/13/14.

Oregon State University: Two summer REU positions are available with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. Students will assist with collecting and analyzing tree trait data along a climatic gradient in the eastern Cascade Mountains. We seek to explore variation among conifers in traits related to growth and drought-tolerance, as well as parameterize an earth system model that will then be used to simulate regional carbon and water dynamics under future management and climate change scenarios. Applicants are expected to assist with field and laboratory research, as well as develop an individual research project. Students will gain experience in quantifying tree and forest attributes (e.g. carbon stocks, tree height, leaf area), collecting and processing tree cores and foliage samples, and measuring aspects of plant physiology (e.g. leaf CO2 fluxes) in a range of conifer forests. Students will also gain experience in analyzing and formatting data according to national and international protocols. Students are expected to be proficient using Excel for data entry and, preferably, to have experience conducting fieldwork, camping, and using field instruments (e.g. LAI-2000). These are 10-week positions at 40 hours per week and will extend from June 16 - August 15. The positions are based in Corvallis and pay $500 per week in addition to housing and other benefits. To apply, please send CV and letter of interest to and by May 5th, 2014. Posted: 4/29/14.

Oregon State University: We seek applicants for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position on a long-term study of plant and animal phenology at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in the Central Cascades of Oregon. This study attempts to understand the influence of microclimate heterogeneity on phenology and trophic responses to change in climate and disturbance. The REU participant will work as part of a team observing and collecting plants and insects at plots distributed across topographic and vegetation gradients. The student will develop a study to test different insect trapping and biomass estimation methods and will investigate relationships between microclimate and insect abundance. This position is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in ecology, natural history or forestry to gain valuable field research experience. The 10-week REU position will begin in mid-May, with modest flexibility in start date to accommodate spring class schedules. The REU student will be housed at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, a 16,000-acre ‘living laboratory’ representative of forest and stream ecosystems in the western cascades. With a 60-year research history and large tracts of old-growth and mature forest, the Andrew Forest provides students with unparalleled opportunities to deepen understanding of forest ecology. The field station has modern apartments with full kitchens, a well-equipped computer lab, and wireless internet. The region provides outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation, and is widely considered among the most scenic in the country. Housing and a weekly stipend of $550 will be provided. Candidates should have a strong interest in field research and a demonstrated enthusiasm for spending long hours outdoors in relatively remote locations under any and all weather conditions. A valid driver’s license is required, and experience driving on dirt roads would be beneficial. Prior field research experience is highly desirable. The participant must be capable of working effectively within a team, as well as functioning independently. Prior class or field experience with entomology is preferred; capacity to handle insects and other invertebrates, even slimy or gooey ones, is required. To apply: For full consideration, send a letter of interest, resume and contact information (email and phone number) for three references to Mark Schulze at by February 18th, 2014. For questions regarding the application process, contact Mark Schulze via email or phone 541-822-6336. Posted: 1/24/14.

Oregon State University: We have an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) opening for a motivated student to take part in an NSF-funded study examining the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on tropical hummingbirds and pollination services. In collaboration with project scientists, the student will have the opportunity to develop a field research project nested within broader project goals. This position is an excellent opportunity for a student interested in ecology, conservation biology, pollination and/or ornithology to gain valuable field experience (e.g., hummingbird banding, hummingbird movement tracking and pollination ecology techniques). University credit may be available for research activities. The field portion of the work will take place during February and March 2014 at the Las Cruces Biological Station, Costa Rica. The student will receive a stipend of $500/week for 8 weeks. Lodging and travel are provided. There is some flexibility with start and end dates. Applicant requirements: (1) Third or fourth year university student currently enrolled in ecology, wildlife or related discipline in the United States, (2) Ability to function independently in the field and academically, (3) Physical ability to traverse difficult terrain, navigate in dense forest, and be safe when working alone in isolated, rugged terrain, (4) GPA >3.0. For special consideration: (5) Previous experience in field biology, particularly botany and/or ornithology, (6) Desire to conduct graduate-level research in ecology, (7) Spanish, (8) Statistical knowledge. To apply: For full consideration, send a letter of interest, resume and contact information (email and phone number) for three references to Dr. Matt Betts ( or Dr. Adam Hadley ( by Dec 15, 2013. For questions regarding the application process, contact Adam Hadley by email. Posted: 11/5/13.

Plymouth State University: A Summer Research Experience at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest: Investigating and Communicating Change in Ecosystems. Eight undergraduates will live and work at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for a 10-week, National Science Foundation sponsored program emphasizing both research and public outreach on topics concerning Northern Hardwood Forest ecosystems. Research areas include: • Animal ecology • Biogeochemistry and Limnology • Hydrology and soils • Forest ecology. Research projects will be conducted under the supervision of research mentors active at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest/LTER site. Outreach activities will focus on environmental policy, informal science education, and secondary education, through case-studies and weekly workshops led by scientists and professionals active in science outreach. Dates: May 28 through August 6, 2014 (10 weeks). Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or first semester seniors. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Stipend: $5000 and free housing. To apply: Visit Applications are due on February 7, 2014. Posted: 12/11/13.

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: Applications for RMBL's 2014 undergraduate research program are being accepted at: Follow the link for 'students'. Each year the RMBL matches approximately 40 students with mentors from around the world. Students have opportunities to work on a wide array of ecological and evolutionary field projects. Additionally, students have the opportunity to supplement their research project with additional training in field ecology or wildlife biology. RMBL provides REU funding for approximately 10 students. RMBL also makes available additional scholarships. Consequently financial need should not preclude students from applying. This is a wonderful opportunity for students thinking about a career in the sciences. RMBL is located in Gothic, Colorado, a stunningly beautiful location in the Rockies. Because we host approximately 100 graduate students and senior scientists, undergraduates have an opportunity to learn about graduate programs from around the world. Many undergraduates end up as co-authors on scientific papers and start building professional networks that foster their career across a lifetime. We have had many undergraduates turn their summer research into a senior thesis project, even though they have not necessarily had someone from their school present at RMBL during the summer. Our program does fill. Consequently we encourage strongly motivated applicants, or applicants who need financial support, to submit their online application by Feb. 15 for REU applicants and by March 5 for RMBL Scholarships. Students can apply for both sources of funds with one application. Posted: 2/6/14.

Samford University: Research Experience for Undergraduates: Explore the world of research and develop your scientific skills. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the 2014 Samford University REU program will offer hands-on, field- and laboratory-based research experiences to US undergraduates. In this 9-week residential experience, students will work one-on-one with experienced researchers in biology and chemistry to design, conduct, and present research related to the chemistry, genetics, and ecology of organisms, populations, and communities of Oak Mountain State Park, a large and diverse suburban park located in the southern Appalachians. Program Timeline: June 1–July 31, 2014 • $500 per week stipend • Travel, room, board and research expenses covered • 12 students will be accepted into the program. Reasons to Apply • Explore the worlds of field and laboratory research • Explore your career opportunities as a working scientist • Work closely with expert scientists to develop your own project · Develop your understanding of scientific ethics and social justice • Spend the summer at Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama’s largest state park. For more details and to apply, go to Students must be US citizens or Permanent Residents and have completed two years of undergraduate study by May, 2014, including one year of college-level biology. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at accredited institutions in the United States at the time the REU program is held. For more information email Deadline: February 20, 2014. Posted: 11/14/13, revised: 2/17/14.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Jun. 9-Aug. 15. Application deadline: March 30. We are currently recruiting applicants for the Research Experience For Undergraduates in Integrative Biology (REU-STRI) program. This 10-week summer program is directed to 3rd or 4th year undergraduates enrolled in the traditional life science departments (e.g. biology, ecology, botany, etc.), as well as, engineering, mathematics, and computer science departments. We also encourage applications from groups under-represented in the sciences. Applicants must be US or Latin American citizens or permanent residents (See eligibility criteria). This unique internship opportunity offers airfare, housing, food allowance, and a $5,000 USD stipend. If you would like to apply, you should first browse through the list of potential mentors and project descriptions and identify up to three distinct projects/mentors that align with your own scientific interests. There is no need to contact the mentor before submitting you application. Interested students must fill out the application form. All application materials, with the exception of the recommendation letters, must be compiled into a single electronic pdf file. The file should be named as follows: SURNAME_FIRST INITIAL_REU.pdf and sent to For further questions about the application process please contact us: Phone: (507) 212-8281 or from USA: (202) 633-4700 x28281. Posted: 3/12/14.

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale: REU Summer Program in Convergence Ecology. Stipend: $5000 + research support and lodging. Start Date: June 2, 2014. This NSF Site REU offers diverse opportunities to study ecology resulting from an extraordinary combination of SIU faculty research programs in southern Illinois, a distinctive physiogeographic region where prairie, forest, wetland, floodplain, and river systems converge. This program will provide research opportunities for 10 undergraduate students under the guidance of faculty mentors associated with the Center for Ecology. Participation in this REU program will introduce students to ecological research tools used to study populations, communities, and ecosystems. Research areas include ecological pattern and variability, organismal response to environmental degradation, population and community response to restoration, and conservation of managed and natural systems. The goals of this REU program are to foster (1) hands-on scientific inquiry through research, (2) development of a diverse ecological skills-set through guided quantitative field and laboratory methods, (3) comprehension of and confidence in communicating science through weekly reading and discussion, (4) a broad awareness of ecological science through weekly seminars, and (5) a better understanding of biodiversity (to include human culture) through educational field trips to local natural and cultural areas. The program will culminate with The Colloquium of Undergraduate Research in Ecology (The CURE). Requirements: Applicants must not have graduated before summer 2014 and must be a U.S. citizen. Application Procedure: Instructions and application are available at Applicants will need to submit the electronic application and unofficial transcripts to Two letters of recommendation on behalf of the student's application should also be sent to Application Deadline: March 1, 2014. For more information, please contact Clay Nielsen (; 618-453-6930) or Sara Baer (; 618-453-3228). Posted: 1/15/14.

SUNY ESF: Undergraduates seeking research experience in forest ecology are invited to apply for a 10-week REU position at Bartlett, Jeffers Brook, and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forests, New Hampshire. Project: Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) is an NSF funded collaboration between researchers at the State University of New York (SUNY ESF), Cornell University, Miami University, The University of Michigan, and The Marine Biological Laboratory. The MELNHE project seeks to examine the limits to forest productivity through the lens of resource optimization theory. This is being done through replicated, large-scale nutrient additions of nitrogen, phosphorus, and calcium in stands of different ages at three sites. Treatment results will be used to help develop the Multi-Element Limitation (MEL) model. REU Description: Interns will gain experience in the field with tree and understory inventory, fertilizer application, soil respiration measurements (LiCor LI-8100), collection and abundance of snails, measurement of sap flow in hardwood trees, soil sampling, and leaf litter collection. Laboratory duties include weighing leaves, sorting leaf litter by species, and entering and managing data. Interns are encouraged to design their own summer projects, and will have access to previously collected data. Interns have the opportunity to present their work to a group of leading ecosystem scientists at the annual Hubbard Brook Cooperator’s Meeting in July. Interns are provided with shared housing at Bartlett Experimental Forest; tenting is optional. Typical weekdays begin at 8:00 AM and end at 4:30, although may be shorter or longer depending upon the task. A stipend of approximately $5000 will be provided. Food is prepared communally by the interns and graduate student researchers, and costs generally run between $5-6 per day. The position is expected to run from approximately June 2 - August 8, 2014. Desired Qualifications: The ideal applicants have strong interests in forest biology, ecology, or biogeochemistry, and be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a related field. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program and continuing an undergraduate degree in the fall. A positive attitude and willingness to work with others is required and a sense of humor is a plus. Candidates should be able to perform repetitive tasks with attention to detail under harsh conditions (heat, rain, biting insects). They should also be willing to perform repetitive tasks in the lab. Applicants should be flexible in their expectations, but an estimated breakdown of the summer is: 60% Fieldwork, 25% Labwork, 15% Independent Project. To Apply: Please send a letter of interest specifying why you are eligible for the position, resume, and contact information for three references as one document to Adam Wild, SUNY ESF, Please include all work experience even if it does not pertain to science. Please indicate dates of availability in the cover letter. Posted: 4/18/14.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi: Expand your horizons by participating in field and/or laboratory research in coastal environments on the Texas Gulf of Mexico coast June 3 - July 31, 2014! The major objective of the 9-week annual Summer Undergraduate Research Focus - Climate Change, Global Warming, and the Health of Texas Bays and Estuaries - is to provide research experiences and training for undergraduate students. The common focus of the research activities is investigation of the effects of human activities on the environment, particularly the coastal environment. Research experiences will take place in the labs of College of Science and Engineering faculty members. The goals of the program are to improve the critical thinking ability and communication skills of the students, to provide hands-on research and field experiences, and to foster life-long science learning. Student Benefits: Hands-on Research Experience, Field Experiences, Professional Skills Development, Final Symposium. $5000 Stipend. Food Allowance. On-campus Housing Provided. We are currently taking applications (see link above) through 3/3/2014. Posted: 1/17/14.

Trout Unlimited: (Boise, Idaho) seeks two highly motivated biological field technician Interns to conduct fish and aquatic habitat surveys in southern Idaho and northern Nevada this summer. Field work will include, but is not limited to: backpack electrofishing; fish identification; stream habitat assessment; deployment of stream temperature loggers; GPS navigation; driving vehicles on poorly maintained roads; data entry and analysis. This will be a physically demanding job, involving hiking, driving, and camping in rugged terrain for 5 or more days (with 2 days off per 5 days worked). Weather conditions will be variable, with hot days being typical (up to 95 F). The position will be based out of TU’s Boise (Idaho) office, where individuals will be expected find their own housing. The position will report to the Fisheries Scientist for daily work tasks. Employment dates are from June 1 to August 31, 2014, although exact start and end dates are negotiable. Compensation will be $2,200/month, plus $20/day per diem while working in the field. Preferred qualifications: Enrolled in 4-year college degree program in fisheries, aquatic sciences, or a related field; Experience in stream fish and habitat sampling; Coursework in Ichthyology, or ability to identify non-game fishes; Excellent interpersonal skills; Ability to work independently and take initiative; Attention to detail; Valid driver’s license; Previous field work in remote locations; Use of 4 wheel drive vehicles or ATVs on rugged roads. To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references via email to: Dan Dauwalter, ddauwalter at, by April 11th. **Please put “Biological Field Technician” in the subject line of the email. Posted: 3/28/14.

University of Alaska Anchorage: The Sullivan lab is hiring a field assistant in physiological ecology of trees at the Arctic treeline for the 2014 summer field season (May-September). The project studies the growth response of white spruce to a west-east climate gradient in the Brooks Range, Alaska. Field sites will be visited four times this season; three of the four sites are accessed by bush plane with landings on unimproved airstrips. The fieldwork is based out of tent camps, and the successful applicant will have significant experience with camping or living in remote conditions, and be comfortable working outside in periods of poor weather. Travel between camp and the field sites requires a high level of physical fitness, the ability to pack 50 pounds of scientific equipment, and comfort navigating off-trail terrain and crossing rivers. The crew size will vary between two and three people, and the successful applicant should have a demonstrated ability to work well in small teams for long periods of time. This project involves frequent travel between field sites, with schedules involving 20 days of travel between field sites with 7-10 day breaks in Anchorage between rounds of site visits. Field days usually exceed 8 hours. Applicants will be expected to provide their own housing during time in Anchorage. Key qualifications: previous ecological fieldwork, academic experience in ecology or a related field, demonstrated ability to work well both independently and under supervision and a valid driver’s license. Compensation will be approximately $600/week. We are particularly interested in hiring college juniors or seniors who may be interested in pursuing graduate research in Arctic or Boreal ecology. Applicants should send contact information for three references, a resume, and a cover letter to Sarah Ellison ( by March 1st. Please include with your references the contact information for at least one person who has worked with you in the field. Inquiries welcome. Posted: 1/31/14.

University of Alaska Fairbanks: We are seeking an enthusiastic undergraduate to assist with a project investigating spatial scaling of ecosystem processes in stream networks. Research will be conducted in boreal streams in Interior Alaska, and the student will be based out of Fairbanks. Primary duties will include collection of water, fish, and invertebrate samples; assistance with measures of ecosystem metabolism and nutrient uptake; maintenance of experimental fish exclosures; chemical analyses in the laboratory; and data entry. The student must be willing to work under adverse field conditions, able to haul sampling equipment across uneven terrain, and learn to operate off-road vehicles. The student will work closely with graduate students and PIs, and must have strong communication skills. The ideal period of work is June through early August. Preferred qualifications include experience with ecological field research, demonstrated interest in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, or stream ecology. Prospective students should contact Dr. Jay Jones ( with a resume, and brief statement describing interest and qualifications by March 30. Posted: 2/26/14.

University of Alaska Fairbanks: We are seeking an undergraduate student to fill a summer research assistant position focused on arctic biogeochemistry. The research project addresses coupled hydrology and nutrient cycling of arctic hillslopes and is based out of the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Primary duties will include collecting and processing water samples; assisting with experiments measuring nutrient uptake; maintaining equipment for automated collection of water samples, stream discharge, and chemistry; data entry; and laboratory work. The student will join a collaborative team that includes hydrologists and biogeochemists, and will be expected to work closely with graduate students and PIs in the field. This position will include a combination of field and laboratory work. The student must be enthusiastic and able to work under adverse field conditions, including rain, snow, and mosquitoes. The field work involves off-trail hiking up to 2 km carrying a pack. Strong communication skills are required. Ideal timing of the position is late-May to mid-Aug. Preferred qualifications include experience with ecological research, including field and laboratory components, and demonstrated interest in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, or high-latitude ecosystems. Prospective students may apply online at: and should contact Dr. Tamara Harms ( stating interest and briefly describing qualifications and experience. Applicant review will begin March 24 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Posted: 2/26/14.

University of Alberta: We invite applications for an internship position on collaborative environmental research project based in Edmonton. The overarching goal of this research is to quantify carbon storage in agroforestry systems (where there is tree cover) surrounding agricultural fields in Central Alberta. This is an exciting and emerging area of study, in which the intern will have the opportunity to develop an individual research project that complements the broader project. The intern will also collaborate with faculty, post-docs, and graduate students to complete field and laboratory experiments over the course of the summer. Applicants must have the physical ability to work outdoors, a willingness to tolerate a variety of weather conditions, and concentration necessary to conduct repetitive tasks in the laboratory. Field and laboratory tasks will include measurements of soil greenhouse gas emissions, digging soil pits, processing of soil samples, and chemical analysis of soils. The intern will be expected to 1) contribute to existing experiments on the project, and 2) to develop a scientifically rigorous independent research project that can be pursued in conjunction with existing experiments. The intern will have the opportunity to leverage access to our existing 36 field sites across Central Alberta; a specific research topic for the internship will be developed once a qualified candidate is chosen. Questions about the internship position should be directed to Dr. Farrah Fatemi ( PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must be enrolled in a undergraduate program in either Canada (excluding the University of Alberta), The United States, or Brazil. To apply for this position navigate to UARE-Canada, and choose the link for "Soil Carbon Cycling in Agroecosystems" in the internship title. Applications are due February 16. The following supporting documents must be uploaded to the system before the deadline: a scanned official transcript; Letter of Intent; Resume/CV; Two academic references, submitted directly from referees via the system. Posted: 2/11/14.

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 (B2). 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 are not 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. REU Students will receive: $5,000 stipend, Lodging at Biosphere 2’s student village, Food allowance, Travel to and from Tucson, AZ. Applications are due February 7, 2014. Posted: 12/9/13.

University of California Berkeley: NSF REU Positions available for grassland food web and climate change study, June through August. Hands-on field research experience in a remote natural area, development of a diverse set of field survey skills, experience working with endangered wildlife. Compensation: $2,000/month stipend, $1,000 travel allowance, and on-site housing. Location: Carrizo Plain National Monument, California (60 miles east of San Luis Obispo). Undergraduate students will gain research training and experience by participating in a long-term food web study in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The Carrizo is the largest remnant of the San Joaquin grassland ecosystem and contains many endangered plants and animals. Interns will work on a team of 3-5 people and will conduct a variety of surveys, focusing especially on mark-recapture of endangered kangaroo rats. Visual line transects for reptiles, pitfall trapping for invertebrates, and spotlight surveys for predators and lagomorphs may also be conducted, and team members may also help with vegetation sampling. This will be the first year that the study incorporates precipitation treatments to investigate climate change impacts on this ecosystem and its inhabitants. Interns will assist in the building of rainout shelters as part of the new climate change monitoring protocol. For more information about the project, visit Carrizo Plain Ecosystem Project. Students will receive mentorship from Dr. Laura Prugh (University of Alaska Fairbanks) in developing an independent research project associated with the larger study. Additional mentorship will be provided by co-PI's Dr. Brashares (UC Berkeley) and Dr. Suding (University of Colorado Boulder). Who should apply: Students in their sophomore or junior years of college, with strong credentials and majoring in ecology, biology, conservation, or related discipline are encouraged to apply. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. A strong interest in natural history, conservation, and/or management and a high level of responsibility, organization, and motivation are required. PIT tagging experience, small mammal trapping experience, and familiarity with the plants and animals of California are preferred. Must be flexible and live and work well with others in an isolated setting. Applicants must be able to maintain work quality and a positive attitude during challenging field conditions. Applicants must be in good physical condition and experienced with or able to tolerate hot and cold field conditions. Must be able to work long hours and be comfortable working at night. Prefer applicants with experience and strong interest in grassland or desert species. Work schedule: Approx. 40 hrs per week, variable throughout season. To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 2-3 references as a single Word or PDF attachment to Rachel Endicott at Review of applications will begin Feb. 17, 2014. Posted: 1/30/14.

University of California Riverside: Research Experience For Undergraduates (REU) - Alpine Lake ecology in the Sierra Nevada. Alpine lakes are important indicators of environmental change because they are especially sensitive to shifts in climate and rates of atmospheric deposition of nutrients. Our research seeks to understand the structure and function of high-elevation aquatic ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada. Identifying what is driving long term change in these lakes will inform us as to how montane regions in general are responding to environmental change. The REU student will assist with research on physical limnology, aquatic biogeochemistry and paleoclimate. REU includes $4,800 stipend, paid housing in Sequoia National Park and food allowance for field work. Start and end dates are flexible, but must be between June 1 and September 15. Position Requirements: Applicants should have considerable backcountry experience and the ability to carry heavy (50+ lb.) loads for 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 aquatic ecology and limnology, environmental chemistry, and computers is desirable. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled or graduating undergraduates. To Apply: Please send a resume, unofficial transcripts and a cover letter to: Dr. James Sickman ( The cover letter should describe your background, qualifications and career plans. The application deadline is May 9, 2014. Posted: 4/30/14.

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. The fellow will be involved with an NSF-funded project on the use of particulate organic matter by marine suspension feeders, and will do a project likely focused on some aspect of trophic relationships in kelp forests 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 an intensive 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 ( by April 15, 2014. You may also send all application materials in hard copy by mail to: Robert Miller, Marine Science Institute, UCSB, Santa Barbara CA 93601-6150. 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. Posted: 2/28/14.

University of Central Oklahoma: An eight-week NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program (June 2 - July 25, 2014) to study both honey bees and solitary bees in Turkey. The first week will consider aspects of the scientific process and experimental design before spending seven weeks in the country of Turkey (based at Uludag University in Bursa) to study aspects of the foraging ecology of solitary bees and honey bees in their native region of the world. These pollinator species are invasive in the United States but have potentially positive impacts on agriculture in both the US and Turkey. Understanding the link between organisms and their history in other regions of the world is a major goal of this program. In addition, undergraduates will be shown the importance of international scientific collaboration as they participate in research objectives (described below) with a multinational team of scientists from the US, Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria. TRAVEL, HOUSING, AND MEALS WILL BE COVERED FOR THE PARTICIPANTS. A $4,000 STIPEND WILL BE PROVIDED TO PARTICIPANTS. Cost of the Turkish visa (about $25) will be subtracted from the stipend. Course credit is optional. Research Information: Three broad areas of investigation will be included in the project. These include: 1) biogeographical comparisons of pollination systems in native and non-native settings that explore mechanisms of biological invasion; 2) foraging dynamics of bees as mediated by visual clues and/or handling time at flowerws; and 3) behavioral assays to test effects of food quality and conditioning to various stimuli. Within these areas we test hypotheses that are ecological, behavioral, physiological, and genetic in nature. To apply: Applications are due March 14, 2014. Posted: 1/16/14.

University of Chicago: Research assistant position in experimental ecology. All lab work will be conducted in Michigan at the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS). This is a project developed by the Dwyer lab from UChicago. Dates and hours: 22 May to 12 June. Although this is a full time job, part time candidates will also be considered. Applicants should have flexible working hours and must be available for the long weekend of memorial day. Pay rate: $9-10/hour. Lodging costs covered. Supervisor: Dr David Paez, Post-Doctoral Scholar, UChicago. Do you need a car/own transportation: Ideally, but not necessary. Training or educational skills: Techniques in caterpillar rearing and ecological experiments in host-pathogen interactions. Two research assistant positions for undergraduates are available in the lab of Dr Greg Dwyer at UChicago to conduct research on host-pathogen interactions in the gypsy moth. The main objective of this research is to use field experiments to quantify trade-offs between disease resistance and fecundity. These experiments will then be used to understand how natural selection on disease transmission controls population cycles in the gypsy moth. The research assistants will be involved in aiding to conduct these experiments as well as in the general rearing of caterpillars. The expected timeline for this experiment is from 22 May to 12 June and a stipend will be paid. This position is ideal for people interested in learning how to rear insects, conduct field experiments and more practically in understanding the effects of host-pathogen dynamics on forest ecology. If interested, please send additional queries, or apply by sending your CV and two letters of recommendation to Dr David Paez ( Posted: 4/11/14.

University of Cincinnati: NSF-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site in Sensory Ecology. Our program is focused on research at the intersection of neurobiology, behavior, ecology and evolution, and is directed at understanding how animals sense and respond to their environment at functional and evolutionary levels. Ten sophomore and junior Biology major students will be chosen to join active lab groups for the summer and conduct cutting edge research over a broad spectrum of topics in sensory ecology, including: * Genomics and development of sensory systems * Neural mechanisms of sensory system function * Neuromuscular coordination and control of locomotion * Genetic mechanisms of neuroendocrine function, development and behavior * Sensory perception and behavioral influences of the physical environment * Neuroethology * Animal communication * Behavioral ecology of animal movement and dispersal * Sexual selection and evolution. The REU Site will emphasize interdisciplinary training, and introduce undergraduates to team-oriented research. An educational program will develop student research and professional skills and prepare them for graduate school or careers. * 10 weeks in summer (June 2 - August 8, 2014) * Students will receive a summer stipend ($5,000) plus dorm and meal expenses * Students will work in labs, interact w/ faculty mentors, post-docs and grad students * Weekly group seminars and meetings for students over lunch - Research presentations, progress updates, readings w/discussions - Career development, responsible research conduct, panel discussions - Demonstration of lab techniques by individual labs * Social events for students (e.g., trips to Zoo, Newport Aquarium, Reds baseball) * Concluding student research "mini-symposium" presentation session. Student applicants will be selected based on multiple criteria. Applications for the REU program will be screened by a committee to select individuals whose interests are well-matched with faculty in the program. Emphasis will be placed on faculty recommendations and student statements, along with academic performance and other indicators of future research success. Apply at the link above. The application deadline is March 15, 2014. Posted: 2/4/14.

University of Colorado: Undergraduate Researcher - Rockies Pika Project. 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, while living at the University of Colorado’s Mountain Research Station (MRS) located 40 minutes west of Boulder, CO. Food and lodging at the MRS are provided free of charge, in addition to a stipend of $4300 for the 10-week program. Minimum qualifications: Available for 10-week program (early June – mid August with exact dates TBD). Citizen or permanent resident of the US. Currently enrolled in or accepted to an undergraduate degree program. Comfortable backpacking at high elevations (9000-13000 feet). Comfortable working with live animals (we sample parasites, blood, tissue, urine and feces from captured pikas). Highly motivated. Easy to get along with. Well organized. Attentive to detail. Willing to work long hours in sometimes harsh weather. This position is designed as an introduction to research in ecology, so extensive experience is not required. Desirable qualifications include any of the following: Experience working at high elevations. Coursework in ecology, physiology, animal behavior, physical geography or global change issues. Experience with GPS units, GIS software. Computer proficiency and experience with Microsoft Excel. First Aid certification. Physically fit. Personal vehicle. Good driving record. Those interested in developing an honors project related to this study are especially welcome to apply, as are those from backgrounds under-represented in science. Apply by email to Include two letters of recommendation, a resume, and a cover letter detailing relevant experience, coursework, and GPA. Application deadline: April 25, 2014. Posted: 3/20/14.

University of Florida: The Flory Lab is seeking applicants for a NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2014 to participate in a project investigating emerging pathogens on the widespread invasive grass Microstegium vimineum (stiltgrass). The primary goal during the REU will be to develop and conduct an independent research project investigating coevolution among Microstegium populations and emerging pathogens recently isolated from invasive populations across the introduced range. The successful applicant will work closely with the postdoc on the project, Kerry Stricker, and principal investigator Luke Flory, along with Phil Harmon and Erica Goss (UF Plant pathology). As part of this REU, the student will join a team of scientists addressing questions in plant ecology, pathology, and ecological genetics and will be trained in experimental design, quantification of plant performance and disease effects, data analysis, and science communication. Applicants must be enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program with an anticipated graduation date no sooner than fall 2014, and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The ideal candidate will be planning to enter a graduate program in ecology, evolution, environmental science, or biology following graduation. Prior lab experience would be beneficial, but not necessary. Applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged. The REU position is 12 weeks in duration, with a negotiable start date in May 2014. A stipend of $5400 ($450/week) is provided. Travel and lodging are not covered, but the cost of living in Gainesville, FL is relatively low and we can assist with arrangements. To apply: Send the following as PDF files to Dr. Kerry Stricker at 1) A cover letter outlining your relevant experience, interest in the position, and career goals; 2) A resume or CV; 3) Transcripts (official or unofficial); 4) Contact information for two references (faculty members are preferred). Posted: 3/28/14.

University of Georgia: Applications are now being accepted for the summer of 2014 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Population Ecology of Infectious Diseases. We are excited about the program, which strives to integrate experimental biological science with computational methods and techniques to investigate a variety of areas in infectious disease research. Our goal is to recruit both students with a background in biology, with the intent of introducing them to computational techniques, and also students with a background in mathematics and/or computer science, in order to give them experience in data collection in a laboratory setting. Dates: May 27-July 25, 2014 (9 weeks). Number of students: 10. Students will receive a $4500 stipend for the summer, free housing at the University of Georgia, and up to $300 travel assistance to Athens, GA. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories and have not yet obtained an undergraduate degree. To Apply: - Complete the online application at the link above. - Send transcripts (unofficial is ok) to - Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to To be considered, all application materials should be received by February 24, 2014. Accepted students will be notified in mid-March. For more information, please see our website or contact Dr. John Drake, program director, at Posted: 2/11/14.

University of Kansas: We are seeking applicants for our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program: Models in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. The program will occur over ten weeks this summer (May 21-July 25) within the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at KU. In this program, students will participate in mentored, independent research. Students will receive a stipend, room and board, and course credit. Applications will be accepted from biology AND mathematics or computer science majors with an interest in biology. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled at a community college, college or university. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Students must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident. More information and an online application form are available at and inquiries should be directed to The application deadline is February 14, 2014. Posted: 1/14/14.

University of Maine: Drs. Aram Calhoun and Krista Capps are seeking two undergraduate research assistants to support ecosystem ecology research in vernal pools in Maine this summer. These positions are part of a National Science Foundation project, “CNH: Small Natural Features with Large Ecosystem Functions in Urbanizing Landscapes”. Research assistants will gain experience: 1) working in the field in upland and wetland habitats, 2) collecting and analyzing, solid, liquid, and gas samples for measuring forms of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus, and 3) working with eggs, larvae, juveniles, and adult pool-breeding amphibians. Assistants will work in both field and laboratory settings (~50% field/50% lab). Requirements: Applicants must currently be enrolled in a university and have a valid driver’s license. Preference will be given to applicants with field and lab research in ecology and/or chemistry and to those students with an academic background in ecology, chemistry or environmental science. Applicants will be working within a large team that consists of faculty, graduate students, other undergraduate researchers, and high school interns; therefore, candidates must be willing to work as part of a large group. Details: This is a full-time position. Start dates are flexible, but preference will be given to applicants that can begin in early to mid-May and can work through August. Salary will be determined by the applicant’s previous experience. Students will be supervised by Laura Podzikowski, a PhD student on the project. To Apply: Please send a 1) resume or CV, university transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), 2) evidence of enrollment in a university for the Fall 2014 semester, 3) a list of relevant coursework, 4) a brief description (<200 words) of why you are interested in the project, and 5) the names, titles, emails, and phone numbers of three professional references (professors, former employers, etc.) to Laura Podzikowski ( with "URAP" in the e-mail subject by Monday, April 14th. Posted: 3/27/14.

University of Minnesota: Summer Field Assistants in Applied Forest Ecology. The Dept. of Forest Resources is seeking four undergraduate students to assist on a diversity of projects examining the ecological impacts of forest management practices, including biomass harvesting and prescribed burning, and disturbance agents, such as the emerald ash borer, on forest ecosystem structure and function in northern Minnesota. A joint effort between the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota and the USFS Northern Research Station, these projects utilize large-scale manipulative field experiments to assess the response of vegetation communities and soils to management practices and disturbance. Applicants should have a background in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, ecology or biology, and should have previous field experience. A working knowledge of tree and shrub identification and common forest measurements is strongly desired. Applicants must be willing and able to work efficiently in remote forested settings as part of a research team. Applicants must also be able to hike through varied terrain to reach study areas and be willing to work long hours outdoors under various field conditions (heat, humidity, bugs, rain, etc.). Work will involve extensive field work, including vegetation and woody debris data. These positions begin mid/late May 2013 and end mid/late August and will be located in Grand Rapids, MN. Dormitory-style housing will be available in Grand Rapids, MN at a rate of approximately $300 monthly, including Wi-Fi. Hourly wage will vary from $10-$12 depending on work experience. Application procedure: Please send resumé (including a list of relevant courses taken), short explanation of interest, and contact information for three references to Paul Klockow ( by March 31, 2014. Interviews will commence in early April. Posted: 3/20/14.

University of Minnesota: The Dept. of Forest Resources is seeking two undergraduate students to assist on a project assessing the impact of emerald ash borer on forest structure and function in black ash-dominated lowlands in northern Minnesota. A joint effort between the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota and the USFS Northern Research Station, this project will include both a retrospective, dendrochronological study and utilize a large-scale manipulative field experiment to anticipate the response of vegetation communities to mortality of black ash due to EAB and forest harvesting treatments. Applicants should have a background in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, ecology or biology, and should have previous field experience. A working knowledge of tree identification and common forest measurements is strongly desired. Applicants must be willing and able to work efficiently in remote forested settings as part of a research team. Applicants must also be able to hike through varied terrain to reach study areas and be willing to work long hours outdoors under various field conditions (heat, humidity, bugs, rain,etc.). This position will involve intensive fieldwork, including tree ring sampling and physiological measurements of tree seedlings. Potential lab work includes processing samples for dendrochronological analysis. These positions begin late May 2014 and end mid/late August and will be located in Grand Rapids, MN. Housing will be arranged in Grand Rapids, MN. Hourly wage will vary from $10-$12 depending on work experience. Interested candidates should contact: To apply, please send resume with a list of relevant coursework, short statement of interest, and contact information for three references to Chris Looney (, Ph.D student, by March 29, 2013. Posted: 3/5/14.

University of North Carolina: The Coastal Environmental Change Laboratory at UNC-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and the Coastal Plant Ecology Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) are looking for a motivated and energetic undergraduate student to participate as a research assistant in an interdisciplinary study of coastal dune dynamics during the summer of 2014. This project is an investigation of the interactions between coastal dune grasses and sediment transport that give rise to coastal dune formation, as well as the impacts of climate change on coastal dune and barrier island systems. The research assistant position is a National Science Foundation Research Opportunity for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) funded through the Long-term Ecological Research program at the Virginia Coast Reserve (LTER-VCR). The successful applicant will spend 10 weeks living and working at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center at the VCR on Virginia's Eastern Shore. During this time the student will work and interact with project principal investigators and faculty members Drs. Laura Moore (UNC-CH, Geological Sciences), John Bruno (UNC-CH, Biology), and Don Young (VCU, Biology) as well as with myself, an M.S. candidate in Dr. Moore's group, who will serve as the student's most immediate mentor. The successful candidate will gain exposure to interdisciplinary scientific research and experience using field and computational techniques often employed in the study of ecology and geomorphology, including monitoring of plant growth, measurements of topography and sand accretion rates as well as data entry and basic GIS applications. Primary responsibilities will include collecting, entering and analyzing measurements from field experiments designed to understand the role of vegetation in dune building. The student will also have opportunities to work on related interdisciplinary research projects, potentially including use of numerical modeling. Eligibility: Interested rising college juniors and seniors with some classroom, lab or field experience in environmental science, biology and/or geological science. Must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident (including possessions/territories) and willing to live in a remote location, able to walk and carry equipment in a hot, humid environment and work long hours outside. Additional Beneficial Qualifications: Experience in data analysis, modeling, statistics, photography and/or GIS as well as experience camping or working in a rugged outdoor environment, are beneficial but not necessary. Timing: The research assistantship extends 10 weeks, ideally from June 2-August 8, 2014 and carries a stipend of $4500. Housing is provided. Food and travel to/from the field station are responsibility of the student. To Apply: Submit the following documents as PDF files to Theo Jass ( 1) A cover letter summarizing your background and interest in the position and including contact information for two references (preferably faculty members) 2) a resume or CV 3) transcript(s) (can be unofficial), 4) a statement of research and career interests. Application review will begin immediately. Posted: 3/26/14.

University of North Carolina: The Mitchell Lab (Department of Biology) is seeking one highly qualified undergraduate to conduct independent research in Chapel Hill NC on plant disease ecology. The research will be part of our project examining multi-species interactions in the plant microbiome. This is an REU position (Research Experiences for Undergraduates). The REU student will work as part of a team including Ph.D. students and undergraduate researchers and will conduct experimental research to examine whether fungal mutualists and/or viral pathogens influence ecological interactions such as fungal disease, viral disease, insect herbivory, or plant performance. The student will receive training in fundamental concepts and theories of the ecology of infectious disease. These concepts and theories are largely general across systems, spanning human and wildlife hosts as well as plants. Additionally, the REU student will further broaden their research experience by contributing to the broader research project occurring at the site. The ideal student will be preparing to enter a graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) program in Ecology or a related field in Biology or Environmental Sciences. The position is for 12.5 weeks and may begin as early as Monday 12 May 2014, and end as late as Friday 15 August 2014 (14 weeks total). The stipend for 12.5 weeks is $6250. The student will be responsible for reporting the stipend as taxable income. The student must arrange his/her own housing. REU is a program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). REU students must be enrolled in a degree program leading to a baccalaureate degree (i.e. to be eligible, you must not be graduating until at least Fall 2014). Additionally, REU students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The program particularly encourages applications from women, underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities. To apply, please email Fletcher Halliday (A) a one page cover letter that explains why you are interested in the position, and summarizes any relevant experience, (B) a resume including your institution, major, expected graduation date, relevant courses, GPA, citizenship or permanent resident status, and work / research experience (if any), (C) the name and contact information for two people who can provide letters of reference. Letters will be requested only for semi-finalists, and official transcripts will be requested from finalists. Applications will be reviewed until a highly qualified student is hired. To guarantee full consideration, apply by 31 March 2014. Posted: 3/20/14.

University of Notre Dame: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Arctic LTER/Landscapes, Seasonal/Temporary. We are seeking undergraduate applicants for an Arctic research position. Successful candidates will participate in field research on fire ecology at Toolik Lake Research Natural Area on the North Slope of Alaska. The Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) positions are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors). 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 must in good health, capable of rigorous physical activity and prepared to live in an isolated setting with harsh environmental conditions. Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 2-3 months during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid by the grant as well as the cost of room and board at the Station and a stipend. Application Deadline: 1 May 2014. Please send cover letter, resume, transcripts and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of 3 references to: Adrian Rocha ( Posted: 3/12/14.

University of Puerto Rico: Undergraduate Internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution – Summer 2014. We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2014 internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico. The internship will run from June 3 - August 9, 2014. Application deadline: 28 February 2014. The program will offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience fields such as: - Aquatic Insect Ecology - Stream acidification effects on aquatic insects - Plant-animal interactions, Plant population biology. Students receive a stipend 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 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 2014 that are US citizen or permanent resident. Application materials and further information can be found at Posted: 12/2/13.

University of Tennessee: Looking for a fun and challenging research experience this summer? The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is now taking applications for its eight-week long Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Teachers (SRE). The program takes place June 9 - August 1, 2014, on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. Undergraduate majors in biology, math, and related fields, as well as high school teachers in biology and mathematics, will live on campus and work in teams with UT professors, NIMBioS researchers, and collaborators to conduct research. This year's research topics include genetics and geography, bovine respiratory disease, dynamic systems and facial expression, super ants, Johne's disease, and more. Stipend and housing are provided along with some funding for travel. For more information and how to apply, go to the link above. Deadline: February 14, 2014. Posted: 12/27/13.

University of Texas Austin: NSF REU positions in ecology, genomics, physiology, & climate change. Undergraduate research positions are available for summer 2014 for students interested in interdisciplinary research in plant biology, genetics, and ecology. The positions are associated with our research program linking ecological, physiological, and genomic responses of switchgrass to predicted future drought conditions in the central Texas region. If you are accepted into the program you will spend the summer learning how to do research, participating in group research projects, designing your own short research project, and presenting your work in an end-of-summer student symposium. Students in the program will work in a research group headed by one of the following: Dr. Tom Juenger, Dr. Christine Hawkes, Dr. Tim Keitt. The REU positions are for ten weeks with the program starting the first week in June and ending the first week of August 2014. All 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 salary of $4,500 for the summer, and some travel funds may 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 outdoors in hot and humid conditions. The application deadline is March 1. Applications should consist of a single pdf file containing a cover letter describing your experience, interests, future career plans, a copy of your transcripts, and contact information for two letters of recommendation. All materials should be sent via email to: Dr. Tom Juenger ( Posted: 1/15/14.

University of Texas El Paso: REU Opportunity Summer 2014: "Research Experience for Undergraduates in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity". This is a 10 week summer program. The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate students with experience in hypothesis-driven collaborative research utilizing field based and/or laboratory methods and fully engage students in projects associated with the ecology and evolution influencing Chihuahuan Desert biodiversity. The program provides: - High quality research experience in ecology and evolutionary biology in the field and/or lab - Research opportunities at the Indio Mountains Research Station (IMRS), a 40,000 acre facility controlled by UTEP - One-on-one and group mentoring from active research faculty in multidisciplinary fields - Training in bioethics and other relevant professional skills. The program includes: - $5,000 stipend for 10 weeks - Housing in shared apartment and field station - Travel reimbursement of up to $600. For more information on the program, research projects or to apply please visit the link above. Deadline: March 7. Posted: 1/31/14.

University of Texas Marine Science Institute: The REU Program is accepting applications for our summer research opportunity for undergraduates. Our program is looking for eight talented undergraduates who are dedicated, detail-oriented, hardworking and interested in marine science. Our program offers research in the areas of fish physiology and ecology, ecosystem dynamics, and biogeochemistry. The program begins with a research cruise on the R/V Katy, ten weeks of research, seminars and workshops, culminating in a symposium where the students will present their accomplishments. Student projects take advantage of the wide variety of coastal habitats near the Institute, including shallow bays, hypersaline lagoons, seagrass beds, estuaries, mangroves, and marshes. It is a great opportunity to gain valuable research experience and spend a summer by the sea! We will be accepting applications until March 7, 2014. Required application materials include an online application, unofficial transcripts, professor recommendation forms and recommendation letters from two professors. Students must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions. Students will receive a stipend of $5,000 for the ten-week program, full room and board, a research allowance and a travel allowance. The program runs from June 2nd - August 8th, 2014. Interested applicants can check out, or contact Dr. Deana Erdner or Dr. Ben Walther at Posted: 1/16/14.

University of Vermont: National Science Foundation Research Experiences For Undergraduates (REU) Program: The ecological and socioeconomic impacts of habitat fragmentation, eutrophication, and invasive species on the Lake Champlain ecosystem. Support: $5,000 stipend, housing provided, food allowance, travel funds. Eligibility: Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident, full-time under-graduate student. Students from institutions with limited research opportunities and underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply, as are high school seniors entering undergraduate study in 2014. Deadline: 1 March 2014. For more information visit or contact Dr. Jason Stockwell at Posted: 2/5/14.

University of Washington: An NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates summer fellowship is available to study the impacts of climate change on plant communities in the Pacific Northwest. The undergraduate researcher will work in Dr. HilleRisLambers lab (in Seattle), with field work conducted at Mt. Rainier National Park. Broad research topics in the lab include the relationship between plant performance and climate, the determinants of range limits, plant-pollinator interactions as mediated by phenology, and the effects of climate and soil conditions on high elevation plants. The REU will contribute to this ongoing NSF funded research as well as execute in an independent research project on the roles of plant traits, pollinator visitation, and climate in determining the performance of several focal subalpine wildflowers. A stipend of $2000/month will be provided, as well as travel, housing and food while in the field. Dates: mid-June to mid-September (some flexibility). To be eligible, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident currently working towards a Bachelor's degree in a related field. To apply, please 1) fill out an informational survey, where you will be asked several questions relating to your interest in and qualifications for this position and asked to list two references; and 2) send a CV/resume and unofficial transcript to Elli J. Theobald ( with the words “2014 Mt. Rainier REU position” in the subject line. Review of applications will start April 1th, and decisions will be made by early May. Please email with questions. Posted: 3/13/14.

University of Wisconsin-Stout: summer research internship with the NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site in Menomonie, Wisconsin. The LAKES (Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability) REU focuses on water quality and phosphorus mitigation in an interdisciplinary manner over an 8 week program (June 15-August 8), with projects in sociology, microbiology, economics, geology, anthropology, mathematics, or communications. Students will be provided with room and board and a generous stipend during their participation in the LAKES program. This program prioritizes under-represented students, pairing them with mentors in individual projects that collectively will contribute to a more complete understanding of the dynamic interactions of our political economy, our social networks, and our ecosystems. The deadline to submit applications for the 2014 summer program is March 1st. Questions can be directed to: Posted: 2/12/14.

University of Wyoming: Seeking motivated, enthusiastic undergraduate student who wants to gain independent research experience. Mid-May to Mid-August, full-time paid position ($10-13/hour depending on experience and qualifications). Projects will combine field surveys, laboratory work, and development of outreach materials related to pest management in alfalfa and wheat. Position will be based in Laramie, WY, with travel required throughout southeastern WY. Laramie is located near beautiful recreation areas and is a nice place to spend the summer. Required: Driver's license; availability 40 hours M - F 8am-5pm; willingness to work outdoors in sunny, hot, difficult conditions; willingness and interest in working with insects; ability to work independently, with attention to detail, and communicate effectively; basic computer skills. Preferred: Major related to agriculture or life sciences; previous coursework or research experience in entomology; interest and enthusiasm for developing well-designed outreach materials for agricultural producers (includes written, video, and web-based materials). To apply, submit cover letter explaining why you want the position and a resume to Randa Jabbour at Phone interviews begin first week of April. Posted: 3/27/14.

Virginia Tech: The Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation Project has up to 18 fellowships available for summer/fall 2014. Each position has a maximum salary of $7,000. The PINEMAP Undergraduate Fellowship Program provides undergraduate students with a research experience with a graduate student mentor. The program also prepares them to successfully prepare an educational/outreach lesson for secondary school science or social studies classes. Selected undergraduate students will be provided the opportunity to work during a summer internship with a researcher (at the researcher’s university) in one of the following disciplines, or Aims: ecophysiology, silviculture, modeling, genetics, economics and policy, education, and extension. Interns will participate in data collection and hypothesis testing at a host university. Interns will then enroll in a fall distance education course through their university. Students will work with classmates to develop and improve engaging lessons for secondary school life science, biology, or social study classes as well as develop research communications such as abstracts and poster presentations. See the full announcement for additional information or contact John Kidd, Program Coordinator, at Application deadline is February 18, 2014. Posted: 1/7/14.

Washington University: our experimental Ozark glade project is looking for a paid summer intern to study the effects of restoration on insect diversity in a rare habitat. Tyson Research Center is a 2,000 acre ecological laboratory owned by Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. The experimental Ozark glade project at Tyson began in 2010 with the restoration of nearly 25 acres of a rare, unique habitat in Missouri, Ozark glades. Glades are dry, short-grass prairies, and house many rare, endemic plants and animals, such as prickly pear cactus and tarantulas. This habitat was nearly lost due to fire suppression in the Midwest, but recent restoration efforts have begun to bring it back. The experimental Glade project is the first to empirically assess the process of glade restoration. We ask questions such as: how do plant and insect communities change during the process of restoration, and why do rare species do poorly in small, restored habitats? Our main goal is to develop recommendations to better create and maintain biodiversity in restored glades. Our primary research goal for summer 2014 is insect community monitoring. We extensively sampled three insect groups in 2011, beetles, true bugs and ants, on both our experimental glades and natural glades in the region. We will do so again in 2014. We are currently looking for a student intern with a strong interest in insect biology to join our summer research team. The intern’s primary responsibilities will be to conduct the field sampling, morpho-species identifications, and analyze the changes in insect communities during the process of Ozark glade restoration. Requirements: •currently enrolled in a Bachelors degree in Entomology, Biology or a related field •have had basic introductory courses in ecology, entomology and preferably statistics •be able to work out doors, in intense heat and humidity for long periods of time, and be regularly exposed to ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes Position Details: •must be available to work for 11 weeks from May 12 – July 25, 2014, although the specific start and end dates can be flexible •Tyson Research Center is located in Eureka, Missouri; housing is NOT provided •stipend will be $4,000 for the 11 weeks Apply online and list GLADE INSECT PROJECT as your topical interest. Please direct questions to Holly Bernardo at Posted: 12/16/13.

Wayne State University: RISEUP: Research Internships for a Sustainable Environment with Undergraduate Participation, sponsored by the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. RISEUP is a 12-week summer research program that will pair qualified undergraduate students with professional mentors to study multiple-stakeholder environmental issues in the Lake St. Clair-Detroit-River-Lake Erie corridor. Research stipends are available for interns. Program details, as well as a flyer and application, can be found at Applications are due by February 1st, 2014. This program is open to non-WSU students and is interdisciplinary in nature, so students from a variety of majors and schools are encouraged to apply. Although the primary focus of RISEUP is on undergraduate internships, information about similar opportunities for graduate students can be obtained from the RISEUP director, Dr. Jeffrey Ram, at Posted: 1/10/14.

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Summer Field Ecology Course: Space is available for undergraduate- and graduate-level versions of my summer field ecology course. This 2-credit Villanova University summer session course is open to science students enrolled in other universities and colleges. It features a hybrid format, including online work in June, a 2-week field trip to Nova Scotia in early July, and online follow-up activities in late July. Students need to be present in person only for the trip (tentative dates: 30 June - 13 July). Emphasis will be on terrestrial and marine habitat diversity; field identification of plants and animals; field ornithology methods including bird-banding; whale- and seabird-watching; and regional natural resource ecology. Additional information (including costs) is at Field Methods: Special Topics, in Nova Scotia. Posted: 5/1/14.

Underwater Research at the Shoals Marine Lab in Maine: Join us on Appledore Island, Maine! Dive in and conduct original underwater research! UNDERWATER RESEARCH (BIOSM 3650) through Cornell University (MEFB 730) through University of New Hampshire. LOCATION: Appledore Island (6 miles off Portsmouth, NH). DATES: July 28 – August 11, 2014. CREDITS: 3 undergraduate credits from Cornell University (Class size: 12 max). FINANCIAL AID: Available! Just check the box on the online application. FACULTY: Dr. James Coyer, Assistant Director for Appledore Programs, Shoals Marine Lab; Dr. Elizabeth Siddon, Research Associate, National Research Council; REGISTER ONLINE: Questions: Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley (, 607-279-6287). Posted: 4/25/14.

Field Ornithology in Maine: Join us in Maine (USA) for: FIELD ORNITHOLOGY: BioSM 3740 (through Cornell University). DATES: May 23 - June 6, 2014. CREDITS: 3 undergraduate credits from Cornell University (Class size: 8; Two places in the course remain open.) FINANCIAL AID: available to all! Faculty: Dr. David Bonter, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Director of Feeder Watch program. LOCATION: Appledore Island, Maine. Appledore Island Migration Banding Station will be in operation during the course. REGISTER FOR THE COURSE ONLINE. No application fee; financial aid available to all! Questions: Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley 607-279-6287 (mobile). Posted: 4/2/14.

Field Investigations in Biological Sciences - Molecular Aquatic Ecology: offered at Wayne State University and located at the Belle Isle Aquarium. This 3-week intensive field and lab course will provide students with hands-on field and lab experiences by engaging students in organism collection, taxonomy, PCR, DNA sequencing, recombinant DNA technology and quantitative analysis of molecular data, and will offer an opportunity for independent projects in which students explore their own ecological questions and design experiments. The lecture part of the course will cover principles of molecular biology, molecular techniques, aquatic ecology, bioinformatics, population and community ecology, and statistical methods for ecological study. Dates: June 3rd - 19th, 2014. This course is open to non-WSU and WSU upper level undergrad and graduate students. Registration is now open! Please visit for registration and tuition information, and to preview a course syllabus. Any questions can be directed to Dr. Jeffrey Ram, Dept. of Physiology, Wayne State University. Posted: 3/20/14.

Summer Arctic Field Course: "Field Studies in Arctic Ecosystems" will be offered on the coast of Hudson Bay from August 7-19 this year. Fieldwork will be conducted within the largest wetland in North America, the Hudson Bay Lowlands and will be based at Nester One Field Camp in Wapusk National Park, Churchill Northern Studies Centre, as well as the town of Churchill, Manitoba and other field locations. Instructor: Dr. Ryan Brook, College of Agriculture and Bioresources ( Dr. Brook has been doing fieldwork in the Greater Wapusk Ecosystem for >20 years and he has been leading this field school annually since 2004. This field-based travel course will provide hands-on research experience in natural ecosystems in the sub-arctic of the Hudson Bay coast in northern Manitoba at the interface between animals, people, and the environment. This experiential course is an intensive introduction to and connection between the ecology and Aboriginal cultures of the sub-arctic. Students contribute to collecting long-term wildlife and habitat monitoring projects on polar bears and permafrost as well as designing and conducting their own field research projects. For more information, email Ryan Brook. Posted: 3/20/14.

Summer Undergraduate Course in Field Biology: The University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) offers two Field Ecology and Environmental Science Programs for the summer of 2013. Hands on field work … Paid tuition and housing… 3 credits/summer…and get paid $3,500/summer!! Applications due November 1st! UNDERC-East: (May 19 – July 25) Spend the summer studying northwoods ecology and conducting your own research in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where UNDERC encompasses more than 7500 acres with abundant wildlife, and includes lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests that have been protected for nearly a century. UNDERC-West: (June 7 – August 15): 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, 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. Four openings are reserved for students of Native American heritage. Additional information and applications are available online (aee link above) or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC-East Assistant Director ( or Dr. Angela Laws, UNDERC-West Assistant Director ( Application deadline is Friday, November 15, 2013 and notification of acceptance will be provided by Friday, December 6, 2013. Posted: 10/17/13.

Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology: The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) will host the fourth annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology to be held Nov. 16-17, 2013, at the Univ. of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville, TN. The conference provides opportunities for undergraduates to present their research at the interface of biology and mathematics. Student talks and posters will be featured as well as a plenary speaker, a panel on career opportunities and a graduate school showcase. Funding for lodging, registration and travel is available for a limited number of participants. Registration deadline: Nov. 1. Deadline to request funding for registration, lodging and travel is Sept. 23. For more information and registration, see the link above. Posted: 8/6/13.

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