Internships and REUs
Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:58 PM



The Sevilleta Field Station is seeking applicants for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).  Application deadline is February 24, 2017.  We are looking for 10 Biology REU students for the Summer of 2017. This interdisciplinary REU Site Program at the Sevilleta Field Station in central New Mexico will train undergraduate students who will conduct independent research under the guidance of UNM faculty in Biology, Ecology, Civil Engineering, and Earth and Planetary Sciences, along with scientists from Federal and State agencies. The summer program includes a seminar series, a weekly journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, toastmasters, ethics training, field trips, and opportunities to interact with a multitude of scientists conducting research in the area. Students will conduct independent research in and around the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR) and present their projects at the annual symposium to be held in early August 2017. Working at the Sevilleta Field Station and SNWR site invites close interactions among students, faculty, federal scientists, and graduate students.


Students will have numerous opportunities to share ideas and explore issues within and across disciplines. The program’s goal is to increase exposure to a large, multidisciplinary research program, inspire students to continue into professional careers, and prepare students for the rigors of graduate school, professional research, and responsible citizenship. The program exemplifies the integration of research and education. As students conduct research, they will learn how to be an independent scientist, along with many technical, methodological and ethical issues that arise in scientific research.


Lodging and laboratory space for REU students will be provided by the UNM Sevilleta Field Station at NO COST to the student. In addition, candidates chosen will receive a stipend of $5500 and a $500 food allowance during the 10-week summer program that will run from May 29 – August 4.  We will also refund travel costs to and from the UNM Sevilleta Field Station up to $600 (stipulations apply).


Applications will be accepted from students at any stage of their undergraduate program (freshman to senior) and any discipline, so long as the applicant is interested in conservation biology and ecology in aridland environments. Students are not eligible if they have completed an undergraduate degree by the start of Summer 2017. We welcome applications from students at four year colleges, students early in their college career, students that are the first member of their family to attend college, non-traditional students, and students from traditionally underrepresented groups.  Students must be U.S. Citizens.

General requirements for participation in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Programs in the Biological Sciences are set by the National Science Foundation. These requirements are listed below:

Applicants to the Sevilleta REU Program must be:

•   Citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions (e.g., Puerto Rico).

•   Undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program (full- or part-time) leading to a Bachelor’s degree.

•   Undergraduate students who are transferring from one institution to another but are not enrolled at either institution during the intervening summer may participate.

Students are not eligible if they are:

•   Foreign nationals residing in a country other than the United States.

•   Students that have completed high school but have not yet enrolled in a degree program at an educational institution of higher learning.

•   Students that have completed an undergraduate degree and are no longer enrolled in a degree program at an educational institution of higher learning.

Requirements for the Sevilleta REU Program:

•   The Sevilleta REU Program has no additional requirements. Applications will be accepted from students at any stage of their undergraduate program (freshman to senior) and any discipline, so long as the applicant is interested in conservation biology and ecology in aridland environments.

•   We are particularly interested in applications from students that have had limited opportunities to conduct independent research at their home institution. We welcome applications from students at four year colleges, students that are the first member of their family to attend college, non-traditional students, and students from traditionally underrepresented groups.

A completed application for the Sevilleta LTER Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program will consist of five items:

1.    A complete online application (see below).

  1. A resume.

       3. An unofficial copy of your academic transcript. If accepted into the REU program, applicants will be required to provide an official copy before starting the program.

4. Two letters of recommendation. These can be from faculty advisors from the student’s home institution, mentors or previous employers. Recommendations from those that are able to comment on the applicant’s academic ability, initiative, maturity, and self-motivation are preferred. Please have your respondents email your letters of recommendation to [email protected] WITH the subject line of “2017 REU Recommendation for YOUR NAME.”

  1. A two-page essay addressing the development of the student’s interest in ecology, the specific areas of research interest, and current professional career goals. Career goals are not required to be in ecological research. Essays can be single or double-spaced but should be in a legible font (min. 11 point) with 1 inch margins.


The application form, resume, unofficial transcript, two-page essay, and letters of recommendation should be received by February 24, 2017.

Questions regarding the application procedure can be directed to the Program Manager, Stephanie Baker by e-mail. Please put REU 2017 in the subject line.

e-mail: [email protected]



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.
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