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Summer Jobs and Internships | Undergraduate Programs | Short Courses

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University of Arizona REU, Biosphere 2 Earth Systems Research for Environmental Solutions 3/1/18 1/4/18
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Research Opportunities for Undergraduates 3/1/18 1/4/18
Portland State University REU, Plant Ecology and Genomics 2/28/18 1/15/18
University of Texas at El Paso REU, Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity 2/26/18 1/4/18
University of Texas REU, Summer research in switchgrass evolutionary ecology 2/25/18 1/4/18
University of Georgia REU, Population Biology of Infectious Diseases 2/19/18 1/15/18
University of South Dakota REU, Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience) 2/19/18 11/3/17
University of Michigan Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program 2/17/18 1/4/18
Georgetown University REU, Environmental Science and Policy in the Nation’s Capital 2/17/18 1/4/18
Eastern Kentucky University REU: Disturbance Ecology in Appalachia 2/16/18 1/4/18
Holden Arboretum Summer Research Internships 2/15/18 1/5/18
University of Michigan REU, Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region 2/15/18 1/4/18
University of Oregon REU in Marine Biology 2/15/18 1/4/18
University of Puerto Rico REU in Tropical Ecology and Evolution 2/15/18 1/4/18
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies REU, Baltimore Ecosystem Study 2/12/18 1/15/18
University of Wisconsin Stout REU, water quality and phosphorus mitigation 2/11/18 1/18/18
Virginia Institute of Marine Science REU in Coastal Marine Science 2/10/18 1/4/18
Harvard University REU in Ecology at Harvard Forest 2/2/18 1/4/18
North Dakota State University REU in STEM Education 2/2/18 12/2/17
Michigan State University Undergraduate Summer Research Experience: biodiversity hotspots in cloud forests 2/1/18 1/19/18
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center REU in Environmental Studies 2/1/18 1/4/18
Texas A&M University REU, Ecohydrology Of Tropical Montane Forests in Costa Rica 1/20/18 10/25/17
University of Freiburg (Germany) Summer Undergraduate internship utilizing hyperspectral imagery of experimental forested stands 12/15/17 11/7/17
Auburn University REU, Warm-water Aquatic Ecology  10/24/17 10/24/17
University of Washington REU - fire, wolves, and herbivory (Sept. and April) 6/21/17 6/7/17
University of California Santa Barbara REU, nutrient cycling, soil microbes, litter decomposition  6/7/17 6/7/17

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Auburn University: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Warm-water Aquatic Ecology, Auburn, Alabama, USA. Summer 2018: June 3 to August 12. We are excited to invite applications from undergraduate students to participate in a National Science Foundation supported summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on the ecology of southeastern ponds, rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries. Ten undergraduate students will work closely with a team of Auburn University faculty to explore aquatic ecosystems, complete a student-driven research project, participate in a variety of professional development and social activities, develop and lead an outreach project, and share their research findings in a symposium at the conclusion of the program. Participants will work closely with two or more mentors to develop an interdisciplinary project involving complementary fields, such as community ecology, limnology, evolution, fisheries management, statistics, hydrology, conservation, biogeochemistry, molecular biology, biodiversity, and microbiology. The program will run from June 3 to August 12, 2018 (10 weeks). Eligibility: All applicants who are interested in receiving NSF support must currently be a (1) U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident and (2) an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior graduating no earlier than September 2018 or a high school senior that will start their undergraduate education the following fall semester after the REU program. We are especially encouraging students from traditionally under-represented groups in biology (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and U.S. veterans) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges) or students in financial need to apply. Support: Participants will receive a stipend ($5,500) plus housing and subsistence, financial assistance for travel to and from Auburn, and support for lab and field supplies. For full consideration, on-line applications must be received by 15 January 2018. International students: Although not financially supported by our REU Site, we are also open to including a few strongly motivated and self-funded international students in our REU Site research and professional development activities. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Alan Wilson ( Posted: 10/24/17.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) is now accepting applications for two Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) positions for the summer of 2018! Students will perform cutting-edge research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas as part of the BES Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program in Baltimore, MD. In addition to their individual research projects, students will participate in BES seminars, and in selected activities in the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) Undergraduate Research Program and the Cary Institute REU program. Students with interests in urban social ecological systems, aquatic or terrestrial ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply. Apply online here. Applications will be reviewed starting February 12, 2018. Dates: Up to 10 weeks between June 4 and August 10, 2018. Specific dates to be determined by student and mentor. Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Support: $525/week stipend, assistance with room and board on-campus or in nearby housing, travel assistance. Projects for 2018: A) Baltimore Old Forests Project. Mentors: Dr. John Lagrosa (Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE), University of Maryland Baltimore County) and Nancy Sonti (US Forest Service Baltimore Field Station). B) The Effect of Urbanization on Riparian Spiders. Mentors: Dr. Christine Hawn (University of Maryland Baltimore County), Dr. Emma Rosi (Cary Institute) and Dr. Chris Swan (University of Maryland Baltimore County). For more information: Contact Dr. Alan R. Berkowitz, BES Education Team Leader, Phone: (845)-677-7600 ext. 311, Email: Posted: 1/15/18.

Eastern Kentucky University: REU: Disturbance Ecology in Appalachia. Announcing the availability of research internships at Eastern Kentucky University over the next two summers. These internships are funded by a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates award, Disturbance Ecology in Central Appalachia. We are recruiting undergraduate students from across the nation, and we’re particularly interested in applicants from groups underrepresented in the sciences. Our research mentors represent multiple scientific fields and approaches, so students will be able to choose from a diversity of projects. These are paid internships that include a stipend, housing, transportation, and funds for research supplies. Details: The deadline for applications is Feb 16, 2018, but we encourage earlier submissions. Posted: 1/4/18.

Georgetown University: Our REU Site program in Environmental Science and Policy in the Nation’s Capital is seeking talented and engaged undergraduate students. This ten-week program will bring a cohort of ten students to Washington, D.C. to conduct hands-on research in environmental science at Georgetown University and to take part in a mini-curriculum that builds research skills and also explores the intersections of science and public policy. Participating research mentors have expertise in fields including behavior, ecology, conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics, mathematical modeling of biological systems, statistics for environmental and biological studies, and earth science. See mentor research descriptions on the program web site. Interested students are encouraged to contact potential mentors directly. The 2018 program will run from June 04 - August 12. Students will be housed on the Georgetown campus and will receive a $5500 stipend plus an allowance for travel and food. To be eligible, applicants must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents, full-time students as of August, 2018, and available to participate full-time during the program. We are striving for a diverse group, so students from groups typically underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin on February 17, 2018 and will be accepted on a continuing until all positions are filled. For more information on the program and to apply, visit: For inquiries, contact the principal investigator Dr. Matthew B. Hamilton (, or co-principal investigator Dr. Martha Weiss ( Posted: 1/4/18.

Harvard University: Summer Research Program. The application system for summer 2018 is now OPEN. Program Dates: Monday, May 21 - Friday, August 3, 2018. The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, and pest and pathogens. Researchers come from many disciplines, and projects center on community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, soil science, atmosphere-biosphere exchanges, ecophysiology, landscape modeling, and data provenance. For details, see The strict deadline is Friday, February 2, 2018, 9:00AM EST. Posted: 1/4/18.

Holden Arboretum: Summer Research Internships. Interns spend the summer conducting independent research at the Holden Arboretum, a part of Holden Forests & Gardens, located near Cleveland, OH. The Arboretum offers over 3,600 acres of forested land, extensive living plant collections, and high-tech laboratories. In addition to research activities, interns will be involved in field trips and professional development, such as: weekly journal clubs, scientific lectures, networking with other scientific researchers in the greater Cleveland area, and presenting a poster of their research at Holden’s SEARCH symposium. Interns will conduct research under one of three broad themes: Community ecology – How do global change drivers including climate change, non-native species, and land use change restructure our natural world? Plant physiology – How does plant physiology vary across environments and over time, and how does this shape the distribution of plants on earth? Soil ecology – How do microbes in the soil shape plant communities and their function in the ecosystem? Skills learned over the summer may include: plant and insect identification, extracting, amplifying, and analyzing DNA, or using an LI-6400 to measure plant gas exchange. Regardless of the area of focus, interns will also learn about experimental design, reading and critiquing scientific literature, data analysis in R, and scientific communication. Eligibility: Open to US citizens and permanent residents who are current undergraduates or recent graduates. Holden Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. Interns are responsible for their own transportation. Timeline: May through August 2018, exact start and end dates flexible. PAY: $11 per hour, or about $5280 over the 12-week internship. Housing: Shared intern housing available on-site for $30 per week. Apply online. Submit applications by February 15th, 2018 for full consideration. Include a resume, contact information for two references, and a letter of interest specifying your preference for research theme. Posted: 1/5/18.

Michigan State University: In the light of global change, we need to conserve biodiversity hotspots. Often scientists use species observations to map the geographic ranges of species and determine their conservation status. However, many biodiversity hotspots contain species with limited observation data, making it difficult to assess their conservation status. One solution is to use information about co-occurring species to fill in these data gaps. For this project, an undergraduate student would help generate a database of multiple animal species that live within the cloud forests of the Northern Andes, researching each species’ habitat requirements and identifying its feeding habits (frugivore, insectivore etc.). This information will be combined with NASA satellite imagery of habitat characteristics to improve the conservation assessment of a data-deficient mammal species (Bassaricyon neblina), and to assess how cloud forest biodiversity may be affected by global change. During the summer, the student will perform research with the Spatial and Community Ecology Lab under the direction of Dr. Phoebe Zarnetske and PhD student Beth Gerstner. The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. The student will receive a stipend, living expenses, and travel expenses. APPLY: Underrepresented undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Application Deadline: February 1, 2018. Eligibility and Application: see link above. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. For questions contact Beth Gerstner: Posted: 1/19/18.

North Dakota State University: We are excited to announce the 6th year of our summer REU in discipline-based education. Our program is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning and teaching of STEM at the undergraduate level. Students work in a cohort of undergraduate scholars over a 10-week period during the summer and are immersed in hands-on research experiences in discipline-based education research. Students are housed on-campus and earn a $5000 stipend. Students may have the opportunity to present their research at a national conference with travel support from our REU. Additional travel funding is available for travel to and from Fargo for those in financial need. Our program begins May 29, 2018 and runs through August 3, 2018. Applications due February 2, 2018. For more information, including descriptions of potential research projects, please visit -or-Email Jennifer Momsen ( or Warren Christensen ( Posted: 12/2/17.

Portland State University: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Plant Ecology and Genomics. We anticipate having funding for one or two enthusiastic students interested in enhancing their research skills and experience in plant ecology, genomics, and bioinformatics in the Cruzan lab at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Successful applicants will become part of a research team working on dispersal and gene flow in upland prairie plants in Oregon and Washington under pressure from climate change. Dispersal is critical for colonization, gene flow, and range expansion – it is one of the most important but least understood aspects of the ecology of plants. Our research utilizes genomic techniques to detect the effects of dispersal over different spatial scales. This is an integrative research program that includes field work, wet lab preparation of genomic DNA for next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics processing of sequence data, and analysis of patterns of gene flow using GIS and landscape genetic methods. Students will be exposed to a wide range of methods and are expected to develop an independent research project within the scope of the larger research program. Students will be fully supported for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer of 2018. Funding is provided from an REU supplement to our National Science Foundation Macrosystems Biology grant. Housing will be provided on campus along with a daily allowance for food and a $500 weekly stipend. The start of the REU is negotiable with optimal start dates between May 1 and June 17. To apply please email us an updated copy of your CV (including GPA) and a short (one page) statement of your research interests and experience, as well as goals for your education and career. Applicants should arrange to have one or two faculty members provide a letter of recommendation (email is fine). Students with experience in computer programming and/or bioinformatics are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is 28 February. Feel free to email us with questions: Pam Thompson, Postdoctoral Research Associate:; Mitch Cruzan, Principal Investigator: Posted: 1/15/18.

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: now accepting applications for the 2018 undergraduate research program. Go to and follow the link for 'students'. Each year 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 more than 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. We encourage strongly motivated applicants, including applicants who need financial support, to submit their online application by Feb. 15 for REU applicants and by March 1 for RMBL Scholarships. Students can apply for both sources of funds with one application. Posted: 1/4/18.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: SERC in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hand-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center’s professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650 acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers in the field of environmental sciences. Application to the SERC Internship Program consists of on-line registration, student copy of transcripts, personal essay, resume, and two letters of recommendation using the Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA). Summer (May-August) deadline is February 1, 2018. For more information please visit our web site or email: Posted: 1/4/18.

Texas A&M University: 2018 Summer Costa Rica Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Ecohydrology Of Tropical Montane Forests – Diversity In Science, Interdisciplinary Breadth, And Global Awareness. The 10-week summer program (May 29- August 3, 2018) includes 5 weeks at the TAMU Soltis Center for Education and Research (Costa Rica) and 5 weeks on the campus of TAMU (College Station, Texas, USA) APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! The goal of this NSF-sponsored REU is to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop essential skills in designing, executing and disseminating original research that quantifies the hydrologic and biogeochemical fluxes in the watershed of a tropical montane cloud forest. Students will have an opportunity to work on field and laboratory research under the guidance of faculty mentors at the Soltis Center near San Isidro in central Costa Rica( Past years of this REU program (2011-2013) resulted in several students enrolling in graduate school and publishing work from their research, in addition to gaining a rich cultural immersion and unique opportunity to conduct research in a tropical montane forest. Eligibility: Undergraduate students must be US citizens or permanent residents, be 18 years of age or older (on March 1, 2018), be currently enrolled in a major in the earth or environmental sciences, engineering, or a related field, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, expect to graduate no earlier than December 2018, and be eligible to have a passport that is valid for 6 months past the REU summer. Additional details are located on the REU website. Support: Accepted students will received a $500 per week stipend for all 10 weeks and will have all travel and accommodation expenses covered. The program does not cover meals (on and off-campus) while in Texas or all off-campus expenses in Costa Rica, such as zip lining, adventure tours, white water rafting, etc. For more information about the REU selection process, program, and study area, please visit our website. You are invited to view photos of previous Costa Rica REU programs. For general inquiries and questions about our application, contact: or the program leaders, Dr. Georgianne Moore (Department of Ecosystem Science and Management) and Dr. Kelly Brumbelow (Civil Engineering). Applications close: January 20, 2018. Posted: 10/25/17.

University of Arizona:Biosphere 2 Earth Systems Research for Environmental Solutions” is a 10-week summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students participate in a variety of activities that will help them pursue a career in environmental sciences. They conduct their own research with a faculty mentor, interact with other participants and scientists, and present research findings in a formal poster symposium setting. Unique components of the Biosphere 2 REU experience are interaction with the public visitors to Biosphere 2 and training in effective outreach related to student research topics. Additionally, students participate in professional development workshops, an ethics-in-science workshop, and field trips to local attractions. Undergraduate students 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 (National Science Foundation) funded program. Student projects take advantage of the Biosphere 2 research infrastructure, allowing for a high degree of control at large scales, and the NSF Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) and other field sites in the Sonoran desert and sky island mountains around Tucson to improve our understanding of Earth systems. Projects focus on a variety of topics that include (but aren't limited to): coupling ecohydrology and biogeochemistry, investigating abiotic and biotic contributions to ecosystem processes, integrating measurements across scales, using innovative tools to link climate and ecological function, and modeling of ecosystem and soil processes. Students work with several outreach organizations (e.g., Institute of the Environment, Water Resources Research Center, Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program) at the University of Arizona to link their research to addressing local and global environmental challenges. REU Students receive a competitive stipend, lodging at Biosphere 2's student village, food allowance, and travel to and from Tucson, AZ, as well as support for travel to a professional meeting to present their work. Applications for summer of 2018 (June 4 - Aug 10, 2018) are due March 1st, 2018. Posted: 1/4/18.

University of California Santa Barbara: Looking for an NSF-REU student to work on several laboratory projects for two months (July/August; exact dates negotiable) of 2017. A stipend will be provided for housing, food, and amenities. These projects will be focused on soil and litter samples imported from the Mpala Research Centre’s Kenya Long-term Exclosure Experiment (KLEE), a 20-year herbivore experimental exclosure in Laikipia, Kenya; the projects themselves will enrich existing data sets being collected by several researchers both in the lab and in the field at the KLEE. The student will work directly with a PhD candidate in the Young lab in the Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology department, on several projects. - First: the student will learn to conduct and subsequently carry out microbial biomass extractions on soil samples from the KLEE; these soils came from a variety of soil ‘types’ within four experimental herbivore exclosures, each of which excludes a different combination of large-bodied native and domestic herbivores. The data from this project (extractable soil carbon, soil organic matter, and extractable soil microbial biomass) will join a dataset detailing the soils’ potential microbial respiration rates, providing a rich combined dataset that will contribute to understanding why differences in soil microbial respiration occur in response to herbivore presence/absence on the landscape. - Second: the student will work with dried grass litter from the KLEE, which had been deployed in the field as a year-long litter decomposition experiment to explore the rate of carbon turnover in the field in response to herbivore presence/absence. These dried samples were deployed for between 1 and 12 months in 2015/2016, and have been stored in air-tight plastic bags at Mpala since. The student will grind, process and analyze the imported samples to determine their ratios of carbon to nitrogen, in order to illuminate the relative weight loss of each in response to herbivore treatment. The undergraduate student who receives this job must be interested in community ecology, ecosystems ecology (e.g. nutrient cycling), and learning new laboratory techniques. This student must be amenable to spending a lot of time in the lab, but there is also opportunity for several days of field work in the lower Sierras! This would take place with several Young lab graduate students in a local herbivore presence/absence experiment; this opportunity will give the REU student the chance to experience field work in an herbivore experiment first-hand and couple it with their experience working on samples from the KLEE; having the ability to experience both will round out the student’s overall experience researching the impacts of experimental herbivore ‘loss’ and land-use change on ecosystem carbon dynamics. If interested, please send an updated resume and a 2-paragraph explanation of your interest in ecology and the project at hand, plus any relevant experience you may have had, to Provide your contact information and your availability for the months requested. The REU student would be expected to find housing in Santa Barbara (with logistical aid from the graduate student advisor) and be able to commit to a period of 2 months of work on the project. The available time window for this project is July through August, with limited flexibility on dates for either end. Posted: 6/7/17.

University of Freiburg: The Institute of Geobotany - Department of Biology at the University of Freiburg, Germany, seeks applications for a funded 3-month summer internship under the Research Internships in Science and Engineering program of the German Academic Exchange Service. The internship will focus on quantifying the effects of tree diversity on productivity in experimental mixtures, using unmanned aerial system hyperspectral data coupled with common field sampling techniques. The intern will assist a PhD student (under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Michael Scherer-Lorenzen) with summer-2018 field data collection, and analysis of ground and remotely sensed vegetation data, using a UAS and other novel tools coupled with common laboratory techniques. The project will tentatively start May-June 2018. The supervising PhD student is a native English speaker from the USA (Penn State University graduate). Please feel free to share this offer with any prospective students. Candidates are encouraged to apply early - the application deadline is December 15, 2017. Undergraduate students from the USA, UK, or Canada, are eligible to apply. Please refer to the DAAD RISE website for details on stipend, housing, and other information regarding the program, and please feel free to email me with any questions you may have. Link to the online application: (reference number: FreiburgimBreisgau_BI_2905). Posted: 11/7/17.

University of Georgia: Applications are now being accepted for the summer of 2018 Research Experience for Undergraduates in Population Biology 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 21-July 20, 2017 (9 weeks). Students will receive a $4950 stipend for the summer, free housing, and 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 19, 2018. Accepted students will be notified in early March. For more information, please see the link above or contact Dr. John Drake, program director, at Posted: 1/15/18.

University of Michigan: The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) announces the 2018 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL). The Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program exposes students to a broad range of disciplines and provides an exciting opportunity for students to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of a CIGLR or GLERL scientist. We are offering 8 full-time, twelve-week positions. All positions are located at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), 4840 South State Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Positions will last for twelve weeks from the start date. The start date will be in early May, but this can be flexible (i.e., early June start) based on the selected candidate’s schedule or project needs. We seek to use these fellowships to increase diversity in STEM disciplines and strongly encourage applications from students who identify with groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in government and academic workforces. There is a stipend of $6,500 for the twelve-week period, paid in two installments of $3,250. Eligibility: The program is limited to currently enrolled undergraduate (juniors and seniors preferred) and graduate students. We will also consider post-baccalaureate or post-masters students who have graduated within the past 12 months (of your fellow position start date) if the position fits directly within a student’s career goals. You must be either a U.S. citizen or a foreign national who is residing in the U.S. on a current Student Visa. Immediate relatives of any CIGLR or NOAA GLERL employees are not eligible to participate in this program, consistent with NOAA guidelines. To Apply: Deadline: 18 February 2018. Posted: 1/4/18.

University of Michigan: The University of Michigan Biological Station is now accepting applications for its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, "Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region." Our REU summer program runs for nine weeks (June 19 - August 18, 2018) at the UM Biological Station on Douglas Lake in beautiful northern Michigan. Each REU participant will: -- Work closely with a research mentor on a project of mutual interest. -- Design, conduct, analyze, and report on their research project, with guidance from the mentor and the two program co-directors. -- Participate in workshops and group discussions designed to provide the background knowledge and technical tools needed to carry out interdisciplinary scientific research. -- Contribute to the body of knowledge that can help address many of Earth's most important environmental challenges. COMPENSATION: Participants receive a stipend of $5k plus free room and board at the Station. DEADLINE: The deadline to apply is Thursday, February 15, 2018. Application and details at the link above. Posted: 1/4/18.

University of Oregon: The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology’s REU program: “Exploration of Marine Biology on the Oregon Coast" (EMBOC) will be accepting 10 students, five from 2-year colleges and five from 4-year colleges, to conduct research this summer (June 17 – August 18, 2018) at the University of Oregon’s marine lab. REU students will develop individual marine research projects in one of our eight faculties’ labs and participate in weekly seminars, professional development workshops, and social activities from exploring local marine habitats like rocky shores and sand dunes to touring other institutions that specialize in marine science. The application period ends February 15, 2018. For more information about the program and how to apply, please see the link above. Posted: 1/4/18.

University of Puerto Rico: We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2018 internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico. The internship will run from May 28 - August 3, 2018. Application deadline: 15 February 2018. The program will offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience fields such as: Aquatic insect ecology, Caddisfly (Trichoptera) and Mosquito (Diptera) Ecology, Rodent Ecology and Plant-Animal Interactions, Plant Population Ecology and Invasive Species Biology, Wetland and Riparian Ecology, Insect Ecology, Meiofauna and Protists Ecology, Nutrient cycling and rhizosphere ecology. 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 2018 that are US citizens or permanent residents. Application materials and further information can be found at Posted: 1/4/18.

University of South Dakota: The Sustainability Program is offering a NSF REU program this summer titled “Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience).” Sustainable RIVER is a full-time, paid, undergraduate research opportunity. In the Sustainable RIVER project, the students will investigate different invasive elements and cultural and natural stressors affecting the Missouri River. The students will conduct an independent research project (see below), participate in field trips on and along the Missouri River, and produce a team project. Research projects for the summer of 2018 are: · Effects of invasive trees on native floodplain forest vegetation and breeding birds · Effects of modified sediment loads on Missouri River and tributary hydrology · Effects of invasive fish on Missouri River food webs · Construction of a Missouri River participatory geographic information system database · Terrestrial land-use changes along the Missouri National Recreational River · Understanding competing value claims of the Missouri River · Effects of contaminants and pathogens on amphibians along the Missouri River · Ethnohistorical relationships among American Indian tribes and the Missouri River · Reincorporating prairies into Missouri River landscapes. The Sustainable RIVER project will run from 29 May 2018 to 3 August 2018. Students participating in the project will receive a $5,500 stipend plus additional funding for food, housing, and travel. This project is open to any undergraduate student, but students from community or tribal colleges and students studying sustainability are especially encouraged to apply. Applications for the project can be submitted now through 19 February 2018 via the link above. Posted: 11/3/17.

University of Texas: REU, Summer research in switchgrass evolutionary ecology. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is emerging as an important biofuel candidate in the United States. Led by Prof. Tom Juenger at the University of Texas, our labs (see complete list of collaborators on website below) collectively study the evolutionary ecology, quantitative genetics, physiology and agronomy/plant breeding of switchgrass. We are seeking a talented and diverse group of undergraduate students interested in conducting field research in switchgrass biology across field sites at these universities. This program is an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in a sustained mentored independent research as part of the interdisciplinary work we carry out on the ecology, physiology, and genomic responses of switchgrass to future climate change. Summer students will be immersed in research and learn basic and applied biology through active participation. Working as part of our research team, they will contribute to group research projects, design short research projects, and present their work in an end-of-summer student symposium. While we encourage all science majors to apply, preference will be given to individuals with a strong background and/or interest in evolutionary ecology, environmental biology, quantitative genetics and agronomy. Applications are due February 25th. For more information, please visit: Questions: Bethaney Watson ( Posted: 1/4/18.

University of Texas at El Paso: REU Opportunity Summer 2018: “Research Experience for Undergraduates in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity”. The Department of Biological Sciences invites applicants for the NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) 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 as well as other CD field locations • One-on-one and group mentoring from active research faculty in multidisciplinary fields • Training in bioethics and other relevant professional skills. The program includes • $5500 stipend for 10 weeks • Housing in shared apartments and field station • Travel reimbursement of up to $600. For more information on the program, research projects or to apply please visit: Enquiries: Deadline: February 26, 2018. Posted: 1/4/18.

University of Washington: The Predator Ecology Lab is offering an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) studying fire, wolves, and herbivory. This position is a paid undergraduate research opportunity with mentoring and will run from September 2017 through April 2018. The student will conduct an independent research project to increase our understanding of deer herbivory in the face of fire and wolf recolonization. The selected REU student will conduct plant surveys as part of our field crew for 2.5 weeks in September and 2.5 weeks in late April in north central Washington and work with a mentor to analyze data in between field seasons, specific start/end dates to be determined. More details available at the link above. Applications due June 21, 2017. Posted: 6/7/17.

University of Wisconsin Stout: 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 17-August 12), with projects this year in human geography, economics, biology, and geology. Students will be provided with room and board and a generous stipend during their participation in the LAKES program. This program prioritizes students under-represented in the scientific community, pairing them with mentors in individual projects. These collectively will contribute to a more complete understanding of the dynamic interactions of the Red Cedar Watershed’s land and water, political economy, social networks, culture, and sense of place. We will start reviewing applications for the 2018 summer program on February 11th. Complete program information can be found at the link above. Questions can be directed to: Posted: 1/18/18.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science: The REU Site program for Coastal Marine Science invites applicants to apply for a 10 week summer research experience that places 12 undergraduates with faculty mentors. Internships are available in many areas of marine science, including marine biology and ecology; biological, geological, chemical, and physical oceanography; environmental science; fisheries; and resource management. Participants will receive a summer stipend and food allowance. Accommodations in the dorms at the College of William & Mary are provided, as well as transportation between the campuses. Students from traditionally under-represented groups in the marine sciences are highly encouraged to apply. VIMS, located in Gloucester Point, Virginia, is one of the largest coastal and estuarine science institutions in the world, with more than 55 faculty and a graduate student body of more than 85. VIMS houses state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation and analytical facilities, a large fleet of coastal research vessels, a world-class marine science library, and is within close proximity to a variety of habitats ranging from freshwater tributaries to the coastal ocean. During the summer students will meet every week for a seminar that features a guest speaker discussing topics such as: Scientific Reading, Writing and Peer Review; How to Apply to Graduate School: Tips from the Faculty Who Read the Files; Alternatives to Life in Academia: A Panel Discussion; How to Give an Effective Scientific Presentation; and Ethics in Science. Other group activities include 3 field trips. We traverse the coastal plain environment, from a freshwater system that feeds into the Chesapeake Bay, through the estuary proper and out to the Atlantic Ocean along the shoreface of the Delmarva Peninsula. When we travel to the VIMS Wachapreague Laboratory on Virginia's Eastern Shore, we spend a full day exploring nearly pristine coastal habitats, including an open coast beach on a barrier island, mud flat, salt marsh, and oyster reef. During a research cruise in the York River estuary aboard the VIMS research vessel Bay Eagle, there will be opportunities to try state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation, to pull in a trawl net full of fish and crabs, and to learn a bit about vessel navigation. When we kayak the tidal freshwater reaches of the Chesapeake Bay, expect to see an abundance of wildlife and learn how land-use practices in the watershed affect the local estuary and coastal ocean. Application deadline is February 10, 2018. Complete information about the program is available at the link above. Specific questions can be directed to Jennifer Dreyer at or Posted: 1/4/18.

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Field Biology Program at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center Your own field research … Classes in the field … 3 credits/summer Tuition and housing provided and a summer stipend ($3500 East, $4000 West)!!! Apply now for UNDERC-East and -West for summer of 2018! These programs promote understanding of field biology and how field research is conducted through 10 weeks in the wilds. It begins with a summer at UNDERC-East in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and then the opportunity for a second summer at -West in Montana. UNDERC-East is open to 28 sophomores/juniors from any college/university. From the UNDERC-East class, 8 students (juniors or seniors) are selected for UNDERC-West. Each summer, you receive three-credits along with tuition, housing, travel between the Notre Dame campus and the site, and a stipend ($3500 at East, $4000 at West). 1) UNDERC-East (May 21– July 27): 8000 acres of lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests owned by Notre Dame and a core site in the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) that are home to abundant wildlife (including beaver, porcupine, black bear, deer, loon). Course modules include vertebrate ecology, invertebrate ecology, aquatic ecology and forest ecology with each providing background information, field research exercises, and group research projects designed by the class. Five or more weeks are spent by each student designing and conducting their own field research project under direction of faculty or graduate students. Projects have ranged from fish, insect and mammal behavior and ecology to forest, lake and stream ecosystem ecology to local Native American ecosystem use. 2) UNDERC-West (June 6 – August 15, pre-requisite is UNDERC-East): Explore more than a million acres on the National Bison Range and Flathead Reservation that includes grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes that are home to abundant wildlife (including bison, elk, mountain lions and grizzly bear). Course modules like those at UNDERC-East include wildlife ecology, grassland ecology, and montane ecology, as well as an environmental history/Native American ecology module (in part during the cross-country drive to and from -West). Each student conducts an independent research project in collaboration with a faculty or graduate student advisor that is more advanced given the skills learned at UNDERC-East. Recent projects have included invasive plant ecology, animal behavior and habitat relationships, grassland, forest, wetland and stream dynamics, and Native American plant and wildlife use. Applications and further information can be obtained at the UNDERC website, or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC East Assistant Director (, or Dr. David Flagel, UNDERC West Assistant Director ( Application deadline is Friday, November 17, 2017 and notification of acceptance will be provided by Monday, December 11, 2017. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in environmental sciences. Applicants are required to be present for the duration of the course. Posted: 10/13/17.

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