Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Below is a list of external funding sources and other undergraduate research-related opportunities.

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.

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University of Tennessee Job:Two field assistants are needed to conduct behavioral research on Anolis lizards in the summer of 2015.  Primary responsibilities include catching lizards by noose or hand, conducting behavioral observations, and taking territory/habitat measurements.  No previous field experience is necessary, but applicant must have a strong work ethic, be willing to get dirty, and be able to work well in a team.  Tentative Dates: May 25, 2015 – August 1, 2015, plus training in mid-late April. Location: Southeastern US, most likely Florida.  Requirements: Commitment to working the entire field season (i.e., no week long vacations in the middle of July). Salary: $9/hour, housing (and potentially meals) will be provided. Application Materials: Short (<1 page) description of yourself, your qualifications, and your interest in project; CV or resume. Email Jordan Bush
with questions and application materialsDeadline:
Feb 19, 2015
Marine Biological Laboratory Job: A Summer Field Assistant position is available at The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory for the TIDE project. Duties include participating in a large-scale field experiment to determine the interactive effects of nutrients and trophic structure on salt marsh ecosystems. We will follow the effects of additional nutrients on the salt marsh food web and nutrient cycles. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in executing the experiments, coordinating logistics in the field, and in monitoring some aspect of the ecosystem response to the manipulations. mbl.simplehire.comDeadline:
Fairfax County Park Authority Job: The Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch of the Fairfax County (VA) Park Authority is hiring summer natural resource interns to work in the field and in the office during the summer of 2015. www.fairfaxcounty.govDeadline:
Feb. 27, 2015
Minorities in Marine and Environmental Science Internship: Minority undergraduates interested in marine and environmental sciences may participate in the NSF-funded Minorities in Marine and Environmental Sciences (MIMES) Program, a 12-week paid summer internship at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in Charleston, South Carolina USA.
Mar. 13, 2015
NASA DEVELOP internship Internship: This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Our projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA’s Earth observations. Participants work in teams, with guidance from NASA and partner science advisors, to demonstrate to partner organizations how NASA remote sensing imagery can be used in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. DEVELOP’s projects are interdisciplinary in nature, so applications are welcome from all academic backgrounds. develop.larc.nasa.govDeadline:
Feb. 27, 2015
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Research: The RMBL Education Program is an excellent way to decide if a career in field biology is right for you. Independent research offers an intensive mountain field work experience and emphasizes individual research projects. You will interact with a variety of scientists and their research projects at RMBL. This program runs for 10 weeks, June 7- August14, 2015. www.rmbl.orgDeadlines:
Feb. 15, 2015 (REU)
June 1, 2015 (program deadline)
Great Basin Institute Job: The Great Basin Institute and Bureau of Land Management in Nevada are hiring field and lab technicians for a variety of jobs in conservation biology in 2015. See website for more specifics on the positions. thegreatbasininstitute.orgDeadlines:
open until filled
Knoxville Zoo Job: Bog turtle field technician position: Knoxville Zoological Gardens is looking to hire a field technician to work on our long-term Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) project in northeast Tennessee.  The primary responsibilities of the hired technician will involve trapping of bog turtles, radio telemetry of turtles, and collecting/storing genetic samples. Other duties may include public outreach, habitat management, and vegetation sampling. Candidates also need to be able to maintain professional relationships with private land owners, project partners (governmental and NGO’s), and co-workers while working in harsh conditions (walking through deep muck in hot and humid weather). Email for more details. mogle@knoxville-zoo.orgDeadline:
Feb 20, 2015
Mountain Lake Biological Station Research: MLBS offers an REU program for summer 2015 that program brings undergraduate students from around the country together for an exciting ten-week summer program of guided, but independent, original research in field biology. Dr. Charlie Kwit of Fish and Wildlife at UTK ( serves as a mentor; email him with questions. www.mlbs.virginia.eduDeadline:
Feb. 20, 2015
Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research Job: The ‘Mountain Ecosystems’ and ‘Climate Research’ teams at the Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL in Switzerland are looking for Master’s students and paid summer field assistants in the project: ‘Warmer temperatures, less snow, earlier plant development? Using a long-term meteorological network to unravel temperature and snow effects on mountain vegetation’. A field crew will visit up to 70 climate stations at high elevation (1500-3000 m asl) all over the Swiss Alps in partly remote alpine areas to record the vegetation at the stations. The field crew would consist of a postdoc, 1 or 2 Master’s students and 1 or 2 field assistants. The position should start in June 2015. The end of the season is the end of September. Contact Dr. Christian Rixen for more information. rixen@slf.chDeadline: rolling
Nano REU at West Virginia University Research: The Nano REU program at West Virginia University (WVU) will run from May 17-July 24, 2015. The research focus is nanotechnology with applications to early disease detection, biometrics, and energy efficiency. Applicants should be rising sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduates students majoring in science, engineering, or mathematics. Participants receive $5,000 stipend + room and board for 10-weeks of research in WVU faculty research labs. More information about the Nano REU program can be found in the attached flier. Online ApplicationDeadline:
Feb. 13, 2015
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) Research: 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. nimbios.orgDeadline:
Feb. 13, 2015
  • 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)


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