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Undergrad Research Opportunities 02/18/2019

Research Internships in Plant Ecology, Archbold Biological Station, Florida
Beginning April, May, or June 2019; running about 8 months.
Applications due March 8, 2019.
Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School
Includes independent research project. Provides Stipend, Room and Board.
Internships available at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida in the Plant Ecology Program, led by Dr. Eric Menges, which emphasizes conservation biology, plant demography, restoration ecology, fire ecology, landscape ecology, and fire management. We study many rare species of endemic vascular plants in endangered Florida scrub and related communities. Active fire management provides outstanding opportunities for short-term comparative studies in fire ecology. Our long-term (as long as 31-year) datasets on dozens of scrub plants gives context to short-term, focused, field projects. A large-scale experimental restoration provides a useful context for restoration ecology projects. Additional information can be found at the Archbold website: or the plant ecology program website: or our intern website:
Interns live on site and receive a room, breakfasts and lunches, and a weekly stipend of $160. Each intern works 20 hours per week assisting with a wide range of ongoing research projects. The remainder of the week can be devoted to an independent research project. Internships run for about 8 months (can sometimes be shorter or longer) and offer an opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations. Our internships are ideal preparation for graduate research in ecology. Most of our interns have gone on to academic or professional positions and many have first-authored publications based on their intern projects.
Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000 ha preserve, an outstanding regional library and a GIS lab running ArcINFO. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed biological station atmosphere.
Ideal candidates will have independent research experience, classwork and experience in ecology and botany, field ecology experience, strong grades, statistical and GIS skills, and excellent letters of recommendation.
To apply for an internship in the plant ecology lab, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a resume or CV, and a summary of grades. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us via email. Materials should be sent by March 8, 2019.


Animal Endocrinology Internship – Fall 2019 Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Be a part of a transformative team and culture…
Analyze hormones in a variety of exotic animal species to assess physiology such as pregnancy, effective contraception, and positive welfare as part of our animals’ comprehensive wellness program.
Share animal hormone and behavior results to science, husbandry, and health partners to help with animal management decisions
Highlight team projects and conservation stories with Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Guests to inspire them to conserve species and their habitats
Operate and maintain lab equipment
No direct animal contact takes place in this role.


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) opportunity at UC Santa Barbara

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Plant Ecology and Evolution at the University of California, Santa Barbara, sponsored by the National Science Foundation
To gain hands-on experience in evolutionary research, please apply to join the Mazer lab in summer 2019 as we investigate the process of natural selection in four populations of the widespread California native wildflower, Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii). We’re investigating wild populations along the length of the state to gain insight into the effects of rainfall and temperature regimes on the strength and direction of natural selection on life history and reproductive traits. Participants in this REU project will spend the summer at UCSB, conducting a combination of greenhouse- and lab-based activities.
Eligibility and Preferred Qualifications
• U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at any U.S. institution (In Fall 2019, you must be enrolled at your home institution).
• Students with a strong interest in ecology and evolution; previous course work in Biology is preferred.
• Students with a strong desire to obtain hands-on experience in plant evolution and ecology.
• We particularly welcome women and members of under-represented groups.
• Start date: June 1, 2019 – July 1, 2019 (expected end date will be 12 weeks later, and there is flexibility in the duration of each student’s REU.
What do REU participants receive?
• A $7000 summer stipend (for 12 weeks of full-time participation @$600/week)
• Housing supplement of $400/month for 3 months
• The opportunity to conduct an independent research project while working on an ongoing collaborative project
Experience in a variety of skills, including: plant cultivation and breeding, data management, image analysis, germination treatments, hypothesis-testing, statistical analysis, and discussion of the scientific literature in plant evolutionary ecology.
To apply:
Please send the following to Professor Susan Mazer ( and Postdoctoral Associate Amber Nashoba ( before March 15, 2019.
• Statement of interest: Please describe why this opportunity is a good match for your personal, scholarly, and professional interests; why you believe that you’re a great fit for this project; and how your perspective and experiences may contribute to the diversity of the scientific community.
• Transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable)
• Reference: The name, email address, and phone number of a faculty member or mentor who knows you well.

REU opportunities in biology and environmental science on the Colorado Plateau

We are accepting applications until March 10th, 2019 for the Research Experience for Undergraduates in Environmental Sciences: Place-Based Research and Training in Environmental Biology on the Colorado Plateau. The program is an intensive 10-week experience that takes place each summer and is designed to introduce students to the world of scientific research. This Northern Arizona University (NAU) program is funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Participants will be provided with a stipend, lodging, and a travel allowance. Our program runs from May 28th to August 1st, 2019.

Please see our website ( to learn more about the program, see our list of mentors, and apply!


Undergrad paid internships in sustainable agriculture

Undergrads! Are you interested in sustainable agriculture? Want to explore how farmers make decisions about sustainable management? Or how crop diversity and tillage affect soil health? We are offering two paid summer research internships to explore these topics. One position is based in East Lansing, MI and one in Wooster, OH. Applications are due March 1. More info at:

These Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) projects are funded by the National Science Foundation’s Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research (KBS LTER) program. Students who may not have research opportunities at their college or university and under-represented minority students are encouraged to apply. Please note, students must be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Summer REU: Urban Ecology and the Environment (CUNY Brooklyn College)

Brooklyn College and the City University of New York are now accepting applications for our summer REU in Urban Ecology and the Environment (BUEE), which will run this summer from June 4 through August 9. BUEE offers an integrative summer research program aimed at developing early-career undergraduate students into mature and thoughtful environmental scientists. Authentic research experiences on human-coupled natural systems are complemented by an academic program aimed at developing practical experience in research design, scientific communication and community outreach. BUEE leverages the unique academic and research resources at Brooklyn, including a state-of-the-art Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center, and the recently-established Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, focused on urban sustainability and resilience. Students are provided with a competitive stipend, housing and food allowances, and relocation credit for travel from outside the region. Applications from STEM-underrepresented students are especially encouraged.

More information on the program, including potential projects, can be found at the program homepage at, or by contacting the program PI at Application materials should be submitted online before April 1.