Internships and REUs
Kellogg Biological Station REU 2016
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 11:27 AM

Check out these blog posts from REUs that worked on agroecology and algal ecology research at KBS!

KBS faculty, post-docs, and graduate students are passionate about  involving undergraduates in their research. REU positions give students an opportunity to conduct full-time research under the guidance of an experienced mentor.

This program is 11 weeks long and will run from May 23-August 5, 2016 (students are expected to arrive on-site by 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22nd and depart Saturday, August 6th).

REUs will work with their mentor to create and maintain a fully annoted dataset, collaborate to write a research proposal, present a professional research poster at the KBS Summer Undergraduate Symposium, and write a blog post about their research experience.

Check out our Summer 2015 Undergraduate Symposium Program to see the projects students presented on last summer!


  • $5000 stipend plus FREE room and board
  • Up to $500 to cover transportation to and from KBS
  • Up to $400 for research expenses

What are the benefits of an REU at KBS?

  • Join a dynamic group of students and faculty for an authentic field research experience
  • Learn the process of research: reading the literature, formulating questions and hypotheses, designing a study, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting the results as a research poster
  • Explore if a career in research is a good choice for you
  • Build references for your application to graduate school or other programs
  • Participate in professional development seminars tailored to help undergraduate students be successful in STEM disciplines

Summer 2016 Project Descriptions

A muddy matter: Nutrient and carbon cycling in mucky sediments in wetlands and other shallow freshwater ecosystems 
: Dustin Kincaid (PhD Candidate) & Dr. Steve Hamilton (KBS Faculty)

Detecting the spatial variation of soil nitrification and denitrification: a multi-scale approach 
: Di Liang (Graduate Student) & Dr. G. Philip Robertson (KBS Faculty)

From molecules to climate change: Nitrogen and carbon cycling at the ecosystem scale 
Bonnie McGill (PhD candidate) & Dr. Steve Hamilton (KBS Faculty)

Are Michigan soils protecting waterways from phosphorus pollution? 
Bonnie McGill (PhD candidate) & Dr. Steve Hamilton (KBS Faculty)

Eco-evolutionary responses of phytoplankton to global change 
: Danny O’Donnell (PhD Candidate) & Dr. Elena Litchman (KBS Faculty)

The role of agricultural advisors in farm nitrogen decisions 
Dr. Adam Reimer (Postdoctoral Research Associate) & Dr. G. Phillip Robertson (KBS Faculty)

Pulling food out of thin air: The importance of nitrogen fixation in prairie grasses 
Dr. Sarah Roley (Postdoctoral Research Associate) & Dr. G. Phillip Robertson (KBS Faculty)

Building a better monoculture – how does diversity within species affect yield and ecosystem services? 
Dr. Karen Stahlheber (Postdoctoral Research Associate) & Dr. Katherine Gross (KBS Faculty & Director)

The role of soil microbes in restoration of diverse prairies 
: Dr. Emily Grman (Faculty, Eastern Michigan University)

The ecological and eco-evolutionary dynamics of aquatic metacommunities 
Dr. Chris Steiner (Faculty, Wayne State University) & Mitra Asgari (PhD Candidate, Wayne State University)


***For Summer 2016 KBS is excited to partner with the Ecological Society of America (ESA) SEEDS program to offer two KBS REU positions through the                                                                   ESA SEEDS SPUR Fellowship Program.  The following two (2) positions must be applied for directly through ESA SEEDS by using the link in the logo below.


Nitrogen in the environment and critical climate change impact 
: Kate Glanville (Graduate Student) and Dr. G. Phillip Robertson (KBS Faculty)


Will work for fertilizer: Plant roots trade food to soil bacteria for fertilizer 
: Dr. William West (Postdoctoral Research Associate) & Dr. Sarah Evans (KBS Faculty)


How do you apply?


Applications for 2016 REU positions will be open December 15th - February 15th!

What will you need?

  • Ability to participate the entire duration of the program
  • A PDF of your current resume
  • A PDF of your transcripts (unofficial is fine)
  • Contact information for at least one reference
  • A well-written statement of interest that highlights how this experience will enhance your learning and career goals

We encourage applications from from underrepresented groups in the sciences. You must be a U.S. citizen with undergraduate status to participate in the KBS REU Program.

If you have questions about the program or application process, please email [email protected].



Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at UMich Biological Station
Monday, December 14, 2015 04:19 PM
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at UMich Biological Station
Number of positions: 8-10
Location: University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, Michigan
Program Dates:  June 21-August 20, 2016
Application Deadline:  February 1, 2016
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) is a competitive program funded by the National Science Foundation (Award No. 1262634). Biosphere-Atmosphere-Hydrosphere Interactions in a Changing Global Environment provides a truly interdisciplinary and hands-on experience in field biology and atmospheric science. Students engage with all phases of research, from hypothesis formulation and data gathering to analysis, interpretation, and communication of scientific findings. During this nine-week program, students will:
  • Work closely with a selected mentor/professor as part of an on-going research project
  • Design, conduct, analyze, and report on a research project of their own
  • Participate in special workshops and group discussions designed to provide the philosophical bases and technical tools needed to carry out scientific research.
  • Receive a $5,000 stipend, plus travel allowance
REU students must be of at least junior status by the fall term following their REU participation. Seniors with a graduation date before August are not eligible. Participants also must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.
The deadline to apply for 2016 is Monday, February 1, 2016.
Fall Semester REU in Bermuda
Friday, May 01, 2015 07:43 PM

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at BIOS

Number of positions: 8
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Fall Semester: August 30-November 21
Application deadline: May 31st

BIOS has NSF REU funding to support 8 undergraduate student researchers at BIOS during the 2015 fall semester. Students will conduct independent projects under faculty and staff supervision within several research areas including: ·

Biology, chemistry, and physics of the open ocean ·
Biology, physiology, and biochemistry of reef building corals and reef ecosystems ·
Molecular biology of marine organisms ·
Environmental chemistry of Bermuda's atmosphere and inshore waters ·
Effects and consequences of global environmental change

Throughout the semester, REU students will give presentations that outline their research topic, methods, and results, including a final presentation to BIOS faculty, staff, and visiting students. REU students will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of field excursions to learn about Bermuda's natural history, as well as workshops and seminars given by BIOS faculty. Visit or email [email protected] for an application and more information.

Project CLEAR Fellowship 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 05:41 PM
The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) is pleased to offer the Project CLEAR Fund Fellowship for summer 2015. 
ELIGIBILITY: Graduate or undergraduate students who will conduct  independent research on freshwater ecosystems (e.g. water quality improvement, ecosystem protection or stewardship, or freshwater sustainability); involve/engage local communities in their research/research findings; and enroll concurrently in 1 summer session field class at UMBS. (
SUPPORT: This fellowship provides room, board, research fees and supplies at UMBS. The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is participating with UMBS to help fellows find and engage appropriate communities.
A note about course enrollment: This fellowship does not cover tuition for the field class. However, we have separate financial aid for students taking classes for which you should apply.
TO APPLY: Send resume and letter of interest to UMBS Associate Director Karie Slavik, [email protected].
DEADLINE: Friday, April 3, 2015.
Restoration Ecologist Internships
Sunday, March 08, 2015 12:15 PM

Number of positions: 3 internships
Location: The Center for Biodiversity at Joseph Pines Preserve, Sussex County, VA and Meadowview headquarters in Caroline County, VA
May 18 – July 31, 2015

Application Close Date: April 15, 2015

Please visit for full job description and job application

Compensation The internship comes with a monthly stipend of $250, free lodging at the Center or headquarters, and garden privileges from the intern vegetable garden.

Position Description & Requirements
The Restoration Ecologist Intern position is designed for a current biology student or a college graduate with a degree in the biological sciences. Minimum GPA requirement is 3.2.

The intent of the program is to train the individual in the five step process of Meadowview Biological Research Station including discovery, propagation, research, reintroduction, and education. The work for two interns will focus on Meadowview’s Center for Biodiversity and adjoining 232 acre Joseph Pines Preserve. The third intern will work at Meadowview headquarters, nursery, Central Virginia Preserve, and will participate in educational outreach with a local environmental non-profit (Downtown Greens in Fredericksburg, Virginia).

The intern must: be able to produce well written reports; be in excellent physical condition; lift 50 pounds; possess a valid driver’s license and have an insured motor vehicle; be familiar and proficient with scientific methods, techniques, and tools. A focus of intern activity in 2015 will be on research to test the hypothesis that “Healthy Pitcher Plants Mean Healthy Water”. Meadowview expects a well rounded individual who can work with the public and represent the organization in a professional manner.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Control hardwood competition in longleaf pine stands, map and census rare plant populations, assist with cordwood collection
  • Collect data from monitoring wells on a daily basis and replace plastic pipes with fire resistant metal pipes, prepare biotic checklists, and perform seed bank analysis.
  • Provide general oversight of the Center for Biodiversity and Joseph Pines Preserve.
  • Assist in research projects, grant writing, newsletter production, intern manual, and research publications.
  • Provide brochures to general public, answer their questions, and have visitors sign guestbook.
  • Maintain center and intern living quarters by mopping, vacuuming, and dusting on a weekly basis.
  • Maintain intern vegetable garden
  • Assist horticulturist in plant sales and orders
  • Groom plant collection and weed walkways
  • Maintain greenhouse facilities and collection
  • Maintain outside plant bed collection.

Meadowview Biological Research Station
8390 Fredericksburg Tnpk.
Woodford, VA 22580.
[email protected]

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