Internships and REUs
Sevilleta REU
Monday, January 07, 2019 10:46 AM

SEVILLETA FIELD STATION REU SITES PROGRAM IN ARIDLAND ECOLOGY

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The UNM Sevilleta Field Station is seeking applicants for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).  Application deadline is February 15, 2019.  We are looking for 10 Biology and 2 Art Ecology REU students for the Summer of 2019. This years dates of program are May 27-August 2, 2019. 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, public speaking, 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 2019. 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 goals are to (1) provide students with a high quality independent research experience, (2) expose students to a large, multidisciplinary research program, (3) inspire students to continue into professional careers, and (4) 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 independent scientists, and they will gain experience dealing with many technical, methodological and ethical issues that arise in scientific research.

In addition to the 10 Biology REUs, 2 Art REU students (funded through the Sevilleta LTER Program) will be selected for summer of 2019.  The goals of the selected individuals will be to observe and interpret the ecology, research, and landscape of the SNWR through the creation of artistic works (e.g., photography, painting, sculpture, videos).  These artworks will be used to cultivate the understanding among the general public about the goals of UNM and SNWR in studying, restoring, and protecting the ecology and landscapes present within the SNWR.  Final artworks will be displayed and maintained in facilities under the care of UNM.

Lodging and laboratory space for all 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 27 – August 2.  We will also refund travel costs to and from the UNM Sevilleta Field Station up to $600 (stipulations apply). Students will have access to ~$500 for materials and supplies related to their research or artistic endeavors.

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 2019. We especially welcome applications from students at two and 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 generally interested in careers related to conservation biology and ecology.
  • We are particularly interested in applications from students that have had limited opportunities to conduct independent research at their home institution. We welcome and encourage 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).
  2. 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 “2019 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. Essays can be single or double-spaced but should be in a legible font (min. 11 point) with 1 inch margins.
  2. Art REUs will also need to provide a portfolio with examples of their artwork.  This should be a PowerPoint presentation or pdf and needs to be uploaded to the application.

Deadlines

The application form, resume, unofficial transcript, two-page essay, and letters of recommendation should be received by February 15, 2019.

Questions regarding the application procedure can be directed to the Program Manager, Stephanie Baker by e-mail. Please put REU 2019 in the subject line.

e-mail: [email protected]

TO APPLY AND FOR MORE INFORMATION visit: https://sevilletareu.wordpress.com/

 
Harvard Forest - REU
Monday, January 07, 2019 09:25 AM

Harvard Forest – Harvard University

Summer Research Opportunity for Undergraduates

Explore Harvard's 4000-acre outdoor laboratory and classroom in Petersham MA.

May 27 to August 9, 2019

11 weeks of mentored research for undergraduates in topics including:

  • Forest Carbon Dynamics in Air & Soils
  • Ecosystem Transformation:  Invasive Species Impacts
  • Advancing Conservation in the CT River Valley
  • Computer Science Solutions for Big Data
  • Remote Sensing of Changing Forest Canopies
  • Tree Ring Analysis: Telling Climate Stories

$5775 stipend plus excellent room and board

Apply online by strict deadline of 2/1/19 at:

https://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/other-tags/reu

ELIGIBILITY

  • The Harvard Forest Summer Program is open to undergraduates or recently graduated students from all institutions.
  • Significant past experience in ecological research is NOT required - only an enthusiasm to learn.
  • Some projects might require students to have completed coursework in ecology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, or statistics.
  • Most positions are for US Citizens or Resident Aliens. See FAQ for details.

Download the Flyer here : HarvardForestREU

 
BIOS-REU 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018 07:57 AM

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at BIOS
Undergraduate Marine & Oceanographic Research Internships in Bermuda

Email [email protected] or T (441) 297-1880 x115 for more information
 
Hicatee Turtle Conservatation & Research Center Intern BFREE Field Station, Belize
Friday, April 07, 2017 02:18 PM

Internship Location: ​BFREE Field Station in Toledo, Belize

Availability:​ Available beginning May 2017 for a minimum of 3 weeks and a maximum of 6 months

Application Deadline:​ May 31, 2017

Intern Responsibilities: ​HCRC Intern will be assigned to work at BFREE’s Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC) – this is a captive breeding facility for the Critically Endangered Central American River Turtle Dermatemys mawii (known in Belize as Hicatee).

As an intern with the HCRC, you will:

● Assist in the daily feeding and care of the adult turtles and hatchlings

● Document growth on the hatchlings

● Clean and maintain tanks for hatchlings

● Assist in routine maintenance of the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center

● Collect observational data on the turtles

● Perform feeding trials

During times when not working in the HCRC, you will assist with general day to day needs around the field station including the cacao and coffee agroforest work, helping with meal preparation and clean-up, assist with trail maintenance, town runs, and administrative tasks. Duties may change as determined by current needs at the time of your assignment.

Qualifications​: Graduate or undergraduate students who have the desire to learn and work hard as well as the willingness to adapt to a changing work environment. Interns must be able to produce well written reports; be in excellent physical condition; be familiar with scientific methods, techniques and tools. Ability to focus and handle details accurately in a timely manner is necessary.

Costs​: Internships at US for BFREE are non-paid, however, include extensive opportunities for technical and professional skill-building and portfolio development. Lodging and meals while at the BFREE Field Station are $350 per week.

Application Process​: Applicants are required to submit their current resume and a cover letter detailing their relevant experience and particular area(s) of interest while working with BFREE to Tyler Sanville at [email protected] by 5/31/17. Selected applicants will receive a BFREE intern/volunteer application to complete.

About BFREE: Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization registered in the United States in 1995. BFREE manages a biological field station in southern Belize on a 1153 acre private protected area. The primary goals of BFREE are to assist the government of Belize in the conservation of Belize's protected areas and natural resources. This is achieved through facilitating scientific research, conducting environmental education programs and helping increase conservation awareness within the buffer communities nearest BFREE.

US for Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE)

2602 NW 6​ th​ Street. Gainesville, Florida 32609

www.bfreebz.org

 
BFREE eBird Intern - BFREE Field Station, Belize
Friday, April 07, 2017 02:16 PM

Internship Location: ​BFREE Field Station in Toledo, Belize

Availability:​ Available beginning May 2017 for a minimum of 3 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

Application Deadline:​ May 31, 2017

Intern Responsibilities: Belize is home to over an incredible 600 species of birds. The BFREE eBird Intern will be assigned to conduct research relating to bird life around the BFREE reserve.

As an intern with BFREE, you will:

● Facilitate the development of hot spots for other resident and migrant birds around the BFREE reserve to describe diversity; including canopy species as observed from a 114 foot observation tower, along the Bladen River, and in comparison habitats of an agroforestry plot versus pristine forest

● Collect data to be submitted into eBirds and entered into an onsite database

● Develop the protocol for eBird data and monitoring program at BFREE

● Monitor a colony of Agami herons and Boat-billed Herons to determine nesting habits and successful hatchings, as well as mating and other social behaviors

 

During times when not monitoring birds, you will assist with general day to day needs around the field station including the cacao and coffee agroforest work, helping with meal preparation and clean-up, assist with trail maintenance, town runs, and administrative tasks. Duties may change as determined by current needs at the time of your assignment.

Qualifications​: Graduate or undergraduate students who have the desire to learn and work hard as well as the willingness to adapt to a changing work environment. Interns must be able to produce well written reports; be in excellent physical condition; be familiar with scientific methods, techniques and tools; proficient and active on eBird. Ability to focus and handle details accurately in a timely manner is necessary.

Costs​: Internships at US for BFREE are non-paid, however, include extensive opportunities for technical and professional skill-building and portfolio development. Lodging and meals while at the BFREE Field Station are $350 per week.

Application Process​: Applicants are required to submit their current resume and a cover letter detailing their relevant experience and particular area(s) of interest while working with BFREE to Tyler Sanville at [email protected] by 5/31/17. Selected applicants will receive a BFREE intern/volunteer application to complete.

About BFREE: Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization registered in the United States in 1995. BFREE manages a biological field station in southern Belize on a 1153 acre private protected area. The primary goals of BFREE are to assist the government of Belize in the conservation of Belize's protected areas and natural resources. This is achieved through facilitating scientific research, conducting environmental education programs and helping increase conservation awareness within the buffer communities nearest BFREE.

US for Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE)

2602 NW 6​ th​ Street. Gainesville, Florida 32609

www.bfreebz.org

 
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