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Undergrad Research Opportunities 1/30/17

1) REU opportunity at Miami University: Accepting applications!

Ecology REU at Miami University for the summer of 2017 Undergraduate students accepted into the program will:

  • Conduct an independent research project with a faculty mentor at Miami University. Research opportunities are available in the lab or field in aquatic or terrestrial environments.
  • Discuss current literature related to their projects with faculty mentors and student peers in clusters related to their project.
  • Attend team-building field trips around the regional Midwest.
  • Take short courses on ethics and professions in ecology and environmental science, and interact with seminars by guest speakers.
  • Participate in field trips illustrating the natural history of Southwestern Ohio.

For more information about our program please visit our website at: Click on the Application tab at the top of the page and follow the instructions to apply. Please contact Patrick Garrett at with any problems, questions, or concerns you may have about our program or the application process.

2) Amphibian Research Internship at Memphis Zoo

Organization: Memphis Zoo
Location: Memphis, TN, United States
Job or Internship: Research Internship
Dates: March 15 – June 15, 2017.
Start date flexible between early-late March.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2017

The Memphis Zoo Department of Research and Conservation is offering a research assistant position in behavioral ecology and reproductive physiology.

This program offers a unique research experience in conservation, with a chance to work with amphibians both in the lab and in the field (roughly 80% lab work and 20% field work). Interns will gain experience in a variety of field and laboratory techniques, such as visual encounter surveys, hormone induced spermiaiton, sperm assessment, captive breeding, in vitro fertilization, behavioral observations, and morphological characterization. Additionally, interns will learn strategies for communicating their science to broad audiences and will have the opportunity of presenting their research findings in a professional scientific setting.

Amidst the sixth mass extinction, amphibians are one of the most threatened groups of animals, with more than 30% of amphibians (i.e. over 2000 species) at risk of extinction. One of the ways to safeguard species from extinction risks is to keep them in captive colonies. The ultimate goal of captive colonies, however, is to enhance in situ conservation of the species by releasing captive individuals and increasing or reestablishing natural populations. A critical factor that ultimately determines the success of captive release programs is whether released individuals have the ability to adapt to natural environments. With this in mind, we will be working on research projects that investigate the behavior and morphology of tadpoles in an array of different treatments.

Applicants must have a B.S. or at least three years of college level course work in biology or a related field. Preference will be given to individuals with a particular interest in behavioral ecology, leadership ability, strong communication skills, and a demonstrated commitment to wildlife conservation. Experience with field studies, laboratory techniques, data analysis, and amphibian biology is preferred, but not required. Interns must be well organized and able to work well with a team and independently

3) Advanced Computing for Earth Sciences (ACES) summer school/paid internships

Advanced Computing for Earth Sciences (ACES), sponsored by the University of Virginia Advanced Research Computing Services (ARCS) group, NASA, and U.Va.’s Department of Environmental Sciences, is an exciting opportunity for students interested in computational modeling for atmospheric, ocean, climate, geophysical, and other Earth sciences. Students enrolled in the ACES program acquire hands-on application computing experience as well as training in the essentials of software engineering and high-performance computing.

A total of 20 students will be selected to attend the summer school on grounds at the University of Virginia. They will then be placed in 8-week paid internship programs at various NASA research centers across the country. Some previous programming experience is helpful but is not required. Students with advanced computer science skills who are interested in applications for Earth sciences are also encouraged to apply. Those admitted to the summer school will be provided housing, two meals per day during the work week, and a generous stipend for all other meals. Travel expenses are covered for up to a maximum of $750 per student. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. We accept graduate students and undergraduates who will be completing their third or fourth years of study.

Important Dates for ACES 2017:

Application Deadline: March 1

Summer School: May31-June16

Internships: June 19-August 11


4) Research Experience for Undergraduates at University of Georgia

Applications are now being accepted for the summer of 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates in Population Ecology of Infectious Diseases, hosted by the University of Georgia. 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.

Location: University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Dates: May 22-July 21, 2017 (9 weeks)

Stipend: $4725 stipend for the summer, free housing at the University of Georgia, and travel assistance to Athens, GA.

Application deadline: February 20, 2017. Accepted students will be notified in early March.

5) Summer REU program at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

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 19 – August 18, 2017) 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. More info can be found at

6) Research Opportunities for Undergraduates at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Each year the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (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.  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:

7) LAKES REU Announcement

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 11-August 5), with projects this year in geography, economics, biology, anthropology, and sociology.  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 our land and water, our political economy, our social networks, our culture, and our sense of place.

We will start reviewing applications for the 2017 summer program on March 1st. Complete program information can be found here:

8) Bee and Crop Pollination Research: Multiple Field Technicians Needed

The Isaacs Lab at Michigan State University ( is seeking to fill multiple positions for pollinator research projects for the 2017 season.

We seek field and laboratory assistants for multiple research projects investigating the factors affecting the abundance and diversity of bees in Michigan fruit crops and mature wildflower restorations, as well as techniques to improve pollinator habitat in agricultural landscapes. Work with honey bees and alternative managed bees such as bumble bees or Osmia bees is also possible. Depending on the specific project, this will require extended stays at MSU field research stations for a 3 week period in May during fruit crop bloom as well as possible overnight stays during sampling rounds (accommodations at the field station are covered). The majority of the work will be fieldwork, but these positions will also include laboratory work for sample processing, data entry, etc. Daily tasks may include: travel to field sites in university vehicle (travel time is paid), visual pollinator observations, wildflower plant surveys, pollination experiments, netting bees and other insects, weed management, data entry, measuring fruit yields, and labeling and curating bee specimens.

Employment period: May 1 – August 30, 2017, with potential for earlier start

and later end dates, depending on project needs

Full time: 40 hours/week

Starting salary: $11.00/hour

9) 2017 Mountain Lake Biological Station Summer Programs

Field-based courses are UVA Summer Session classes offered by nationally recruited faculty, and offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. Become a National Science Foundation REU. Join undergraduates from around the country for a unique 10-week learning and living research experience in the southern Appalachians. Students conduct independent research in field ecology, evolution, behavior, and physiology under the supervision of resident scientists. REUs are internships that include all station costs, travel, and a $5,250 stipend.

Program dates:  May 22 – July 28

Application deadline:  February 20


10) REU Opportunities at LTER Sites

Several Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites have opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research experiences. With a large concentration of research scientists and graduate students, LTER sites are exceptional places to learn the craft of scientific research, build an extraordinary professional network, learn about many different approaches to research, and– oh yeah–get dirty, inspired, and make great friends.

LTER Opportunities here:

SEEDS Opportunities here:

NSF-wide listing of opportunities here:

11) Summer field assistant position: Invasion ecology and plant-insect interactions in Vancouver Island, BC

The Prior Lab at Binghamton University SUNY ( is seeking to hire a summer field assistant for the spring and summer of 2017. The assistant will work collaboratively as a part of a team on a project examining how host plants and parasitoids influence the invasion of a phytophagous insect (a gall-forming wasp). The work will be located at multiple field sites in southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia and in Washington State (around Olympia). The assistant will live with the field team in provided housing on Vancouver Island, BC and will camp for several days at a time while working in Washington State.

Duties will involve daily travel to and from field sites, establishing and maintaining field experiments, collecting, sorting and rearing insects, conducting surveys of trees and insects, and data entry and processing. Given the nature of conducting time-sensitive observations and experiments in the field, the work schedule will be flexible, and work hours will depend on when tasks need to be completed and on weather conditions. The candidate should like to spend time outdoors, be able to hike for long distances in hilly terrain, be able to spend long hours in the field and be willing to camp for several nights at a time.


  • A Bachelors degree (or working towards) in biology, ecology & evolution, entomology, or a related field.
  • Previous field research experience (experience working remotely at a field site or station is a plus, but not a requirement).
  • Have an interest in ecology & evolution or entomology.
  • Be highly responsible, flexible, dedicated, and motivated.
  • Be able to work well as a part of a team and to live and work well with others.
  • Be willing and able to work long irregular hours outside in remote conditions.
  • Be able to hike long distances and in hilly terrain.
  • Must have a driver’s license and a passport.

Accommodations will be provided in a shared residence on southern Vancouver Island. A field vehicle will also be provided. Ideal work dates from May 1st – July 31st. A monthly stipend (amount depending on experience) will be provided.

To apply send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position and listing your relevant qualifications, a CV or resume, and the names and contact information (email and phone number) for three references. Review of the position will begin immediately, and please apply before March 1st for full consideration. Please email application to Kirsten Prior ( with “Application for field assistant position” in the subject line.