Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Below is a list of external funding sources and other undergraduate research-related opportunities.  UT also has some funding for summer internships. More details are available at

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Oak Ridge National Lab: Climate Change Science Are you interested in flexing your R-skills, learning data science, geographic information management, and working in an open-science oriented data center? Join the ORNL DAAC this summer to get real-world experience in the world of open data and open climate science.  The Data group within the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Lab is recruiting one or more undergraduate or graduate interns for summer 2015. Undergraduate stipend: $500/week paid bi-weekly.  Graduate students and recent BS graduates stipend is higher, depending on experience.
Feb. 1, 2015
(for summer placements)
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) NIMBioS is now taking applications for its eight-week long Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Teachers (SRE). The program takes place June 8 – July 31, 2015, 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 canine distemper modeling, host-pathogen interactions, invasive species and global shipping, fluid pressure in the kidney, tuberculosis in mice, and more. Stipend and housing are provided along with some funding for travel.
Feb. 13, 2015
U.S. Department of Homeland Security The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) Disciplines. The ultimate goal of the program is to engage a diverse, educated and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM areas and to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS and research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce.
Dec. 22, 2014
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), is seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment.  Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases.  The fellowship carries a stipend of approximately $2,700 per month for full-time undergraduate student fellows and $3,400 for full-time graduate student fellows.
Jan. 16, 2015


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