Internships and REUs
Yosemite Research Training for Undergrads
Friday, January 24, 2014 10:16 AM

The Yosemite Environmental Science Research Training (YESRT) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is available to all college students nationwide. It is a ten week paid intership that takes place largely in Yosemite National Park.

Sucessful applicants will be working with mentors from UC Merced, Yosemite National Park Service, and the United States Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center. There are a broad range of potential projects available, from conservation, biological diversity, to engineering and social science. Students will be living at the SNRI Yosemite Field Station located in Wawona.

Student activities consist of individual research projects, spanning a broad range of disciplines such as Ecology, Geoscience, Biodiversity, Conservation, Restoration, Hydrology, and Engineering. Research training is provided by mentors from UCM (Schools of Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Social Sciences) and the USGS Western Ecological Research Center. Students also participate in a series of field trips led by teams of UCM, USGS, and NPS scientists focusing on Yosemite ad the Sierra Nevada. Finally the students attend a weekly seminar in Environmental Science. The successful students will be staying at the SNRS Yosemite Field Station, located in the village of Wawona just inside the south entrance to Yosemite National Park.

The Field Station is used by researchers and other students all summer. In 2014 the program will run from June 15th to August 23rd.

The 2014 list of projects can be found here.

Applications will be accepted from Jan 1st to Feb 15th, 2014; guidelines for the application process and the online application form can be found here.

We plan to make announcements about the student selection before March 15th.

Volunteer Internships: Huyck Preserve
Monday, January 20, 2014 10:17 AM

The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station is now accepting applications for our Odum Internship in Field Ecology.

This 8-week internship pairs students with the Preserve’s Senior Research Fellow for original research in field ecology. Students typically engage in a small independent projects and are expected to collect and analyze data and to present their results at the Preserve’s Annual Science Symposium.  This is an unpaid internship though housing is provided.

The Huyck Preserve is a non-profit organization dedicated to preservation, education, and research. As one of the oldest biological research stations in the United States, the Preserve has supported research continuously since 1938.

More information about the internship and application instructions.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 14, 2014.

Please address inquiries about the internship to Dawn O’Neal, the Director of Education and Research, [email protected]

Alaska LTER Research Experiences
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 02:04 PM

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - Arctic LTER

The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking undergraduate applicants for several Arctic research projects. Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) positions are available to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents only who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors).

Successful candidates will participate in field research on either terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems in the Toolik Lake Research Natural Area on the North Slope of Alaska.

In addition to gaining experience by assisting on a variety of project activities, REU students typically engage in a small independent project that is linked to larger studies of lakes, streams, tundra or land-water interactions. REU participants are expected to collect and analyze data and to produce a poster describing their project near the end of the field season.

We anticipate funding for support of at least two REU positions during the 2014 field season, both in association with the Arctic LTER project.

Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 8-10 weeks during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by grant funds as well as the cost of room and board at the station.

Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or ecosystem studies. Attention to detail and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential. Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple.

Application Link

Chicago Botanic Garden REU-Interns
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 10:51 AM

This summer, the Chicago Botanic Garden and partner institutions will host 10 NSF-REU interns (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) conducting research under the broad theme of plant biology and conservation, from genetic to ecosystem levels of inquiry.

Potential projects include work in systematics, conservation biology, restoration ecology, biogeochemistry, and related fields. Students will gain laboratory and field experience, participate in professional development activities, help mentor high-school student researchers, and enjoy a fun social environment.

Participation is restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will be enrolled as undergraduates after summer 2014. Interns will receive a stipend of $4,750 and room and board in downtown Chicago. Costs of travel to and from Chicago will be covered.

We encourage applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences and students who have limited research opportunities at their home institutions.

The application deadline is January 31, 2014, and the 10-week program will run from June 9-August 15, 2014. For more information or to apply, visit

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 10:19 AM

The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species.

  • Stipend of $5500 for the 11-week session
  • Free furnished housing at Fisher House or Raup House
  • Free full meal plan
  • Travel reimbursement for one round trip to the Forest (federal grant restrictions apply)

Application Deadline is Friday, February 7, 2014, midnight EST.

More details on the program and application

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