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Research Experience For Undergraduates

Research Experiences for Undergraduates is a National Science Foundation funded program The National Science Foundation makes possible a number of opportunities for undergraduates to join research projects each summer. There are research opportunities in all fields of science including many in biology sand ocean science. The program is designed so that students experience first-hand how basic research is carried out, and contribute to an on-going project. Each student is assigned to a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. In addition, seminars, lunch meetings, and social functions are organized to facilitate interaction between the undergraduates. Students are granted stipends, and in some cases assistance with housing and travel. Students who are in those groups traditionally under-represented in science (women, members of under-represented minorities, and those with disabilities) are particularly urged to apply. Usually college graduates or high school graduates not yet enrolled at university are ineligible. Please note that many of these programs have early application deadlines often late January or early February and some have specific requirements! Please see the actual sights and application forms for exact deadlines. The dates posted on this sites are provided as estimates only.

  • American Museum of Natural History: Our program provides students with a coherent, hands-on introduction to research in systematics and comparative evolutionary biology, and serves a critical role in attracting, inspiring and educating undergraduate students in the fundamental importance of these biological disciplines. Students enrolled in the AMNH REU program have at their disposal world-class collections of fishes, dinosaurs, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and invertebrates, as well as cutting edge research facilities in the Molecular Genomics laboratories, and the museum's research library. Review of applications begin 1 March
  • Marine Science and Engineering in China: 11-week (May 25 to Aug. 4) summer research program in Marine Science and Engineering. Research topics include environmental science, marine biology, oceanography, structure engineering, coastal engineering, material science, and others. Each student will receive a stipend of $3,000, plus travel expenses, and room & board. Students don't need to know Chinese. Students will communicate with research mentors in English.
  • Kansas Konza Prairie: The 10-week REU program is designed to accommodate the different academic schedules of institutions on semester and quarter systems, but this format can be somewhat restrictive. To give the program more flexibility, incoming students will be offered earlier starting or later end dates if they are available outside of the regular 10-week period. Flexible program dates will assist REU students by giving them more time for their research projects and allowing them to work with study systems that are constrained by the seasonal phenology of events on the tallgrass prairie. For example, seasonal peaks in reproductive activity among amphibians and grassland birds usually occur in late May, which can be incompatible with the usual REU program dates of June to August.
  • OTS at LaSelva Costa Rica The OTS Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program will support ten undergraduates selected through a competitive application process, for a ten-week research program focusing on tropical ecology and systematics.
  • Miami University: Miami University's Summer 2009 REU Program in Ecology and Environmental Science focuses on "The Ecology of Human-Dominated Landscapes."The majority of a student's time will be spent conducting his/her research project. The students will work with faculty for a 10-week period that will be scheduled between May and August. Clusters of faculty mentors and students will meet weekly for the summer.
  • Michigan State University: The objective of this project is to engage undergraduate students in primary research of natural resource and environmental management in a unique international setting. To that end, twelve college juniors and seniors will be selected nationally to participate in an eight-week-long summer training program in China. The program features a combination of close mentoring, student and faculty teamwork, and multidisciplinary research. Based on their interests, project outline, and academic excellence, these students will come from diverse majors, schools, and backgrounds. They will work on an array of important and interesting topics, such as climate change, biodiversity protection, community-based resource management, and poverty alleviation. Participants will gather at MSU in mid-May and spend the first week preparing for their research. They will then make a five-week trip to China for field visits, data collection and analysis, and cultural experiences. They will spend the final two weeks back on the MSU campus completing their papers and presentations.
  • University of Notre Dame The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame is sponsoring a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program during the summer of 2006. The focal point of the proposed projects is Integrative Cell and Molecular Biology.