Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Below is a list of external funding sources and other undergraduate research-related opportunities.  This page is typically updated January-May, to advertise summer positions.

UT has some funding for summer internships.  UT’s undergraduate research page also provides tips and strategies for applying for research funding.

Additional places to look for research opportunities are: the Ecolog Listserv (UMD), the Wildlife Jobs board (TAMU), and the Society for Conservation Biology jobs board (ConBio).  They are called “jobs” boards, but they also have a lot of internship-type things that undergrads can apply for.

To submit opportunities for inclusion on this page, use this Google Form.

Institution Details More Information
The Mohonk Preserve (NY) Internship (two available):  Vince Schaefer Research Internship: Interns will work with Preserve Conservation Science staff, world-class scientists, and land managers on: forest, meadow, stream, and lake habitat use; long-term changes in natural history of the region; recreational impact assessment; detailed data collection & management.

Thom Scheuer Land Management Internship: Interns will join the Mohonk Preserve Land Protection, Stewardship, and Facilities staff to assist with General Land Management and Facility Maintenance; Preserve Property Line Inspection, Posting and Reporting;  Specific Project Planning including Facilities and Trail Design; GPS/GIS Applications; Member and Day-Visitor Contact; Basic Ranger Training and Daily Preserve Patrols.

Deadline 03/15/2016
University of Kentucky, REU REU: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Suburban Ecology And Invasive Species
* 10 wk summer program, 31 May-5 August 2016 for 10 students;
*Intensive research projects available on plants, insects, herps, and birds, in terrestrial or aquatic habitats;
*Mini-course and weekend field trips to areas of interest;
*$5000 stipend, housing & an allowance for food provided.
For more information and to apply, please visit their
website, or email David Westneat.
University of Missouri, REU REU: This award will support the training of 12 students for 9 weeks during the summers of 2014-2016. Pairs of student researchers, one from the computational and one from the life sciences, will work collaboratively at the interface of high performance computing and big data biology. Example projects include developing parallel computing approaches to allow identifying the gene duplications that co-occurred with important evolutionary transitions such as the origins of mammalian placentation and using parallel computers and GPUs to infer the plant tree of life with data from high-throughput sequencing. Deadline 02/09/2016
  •  US Department of Homeland Security (website)
  • Conservation and Land Management Internship (website)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (website)
  • Chicago Botanic Garden (website)
  • Chicago Botanic Garden REU (website)
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (website)
  • Oak Ridge National Lab: Climate Change Science (website)
  • National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (website)
  • Nano REU at West Virginia University (website)
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station (website)
  • NASA DEVELOP internship (website)
  • Minorities in Marine and Environmental Science (website)
  • Fairfax County Park Authority (website)
  • Great Basin Institute (website)
  • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (website)
  • Marine Biological Laboratory (website)
  • Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research


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