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Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research areas including revisionary systematics or taxonomy of a group of organisms, evolutionary and systematic studies using morphological or molecular techniques, biodiversity informatics, biogeography, aquatic ecology, and the history of natural science. Philadelphia, PA

Alabama A&M University Research Experience in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Research in the programs of Plant Science and Molecular Genetics, Environmental, Soil & Water Science, and Forestry, Ecology & Wildlife. Normal, AL

American Horticultural Society at River Farm Horticultural Intern

Interns work in a public garden and to expand existing knowledge of gardening techniques and tools with hands-on experience including plant identification, watering, weeding, planting, pruning, deadheading, fertilizing, and mulching. Alexandria VA

American Museum of Natural History Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in Systematics and Evolutionary Biology

Research projects in systematics and comparative evolutionary biology. New York, NY 

Argonne National Laboratory Student Research Participation Program

Research in biophysics, genomics, structural biology, environmental sciences, health sciences, and industrial biotechnology. Argonne, IL

Arkansas State University Research Internships in Science of the Environment

Internships in aquatic and environmental science. Jonesboro, AR   NOTE: This program gives preference to students from ethnic/racial minority groups underrepresented in the sciences and students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Summer Naturalist

Interns teach environmental education and assist in the management of nature preserves in the Rocky Mountains. Aspen, CO

Audubon Center of the North Woods Naturalist Internship Program

Internships provide upper-level undergraduate students opportunities to gain teaching experience, expand their natural history knowledge, and further their education. The environmental education internship includes teaching programs for schools and other groups and assisting with program and curriculum development. The wildlife internship consists of conducting educational programs and care of wild and captive animals. Sandstone, MN

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm Intern

Interns work with the public in environmental education program presentation, animal care at the Nature Center and Farm, with store operations, and maintenance. Dayton, OH

Avila University Natural History of a West Indian Herpetofauna

Research on natural history of frogs and squamate reptiles on tropical islands. Kansas City, MO

Boston University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Research areas may include archaeobotany, ecology, evolution, animal behavior, bioinformatics, medicinal chemistry, endocrinology, geriatric medicine, healthcare analysis, immunology, molecular biology, cell biology, parasitology, pathology, ophthalmology, pharmacology, neuroscience, and psychology. Boston, MA   NOTE: This program is for students from racial/ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University Undergraduate Internships in the Plant Sciences

Laboratory and field work in plant sciences, including plant breeding, computational biology and bioinformatics, plant pathology, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry of plants. Ithaca, NY   

Bradley University Summer REU Program in Integrated Ecology

Research program will develop a dynamic carbon budget model for a typical Midwestern forest watershed system. Participants will be exposed to molecular, physiological, organismal, community and ecosystem approaches to plant physiological and community ecology, ecosystem and soil ecology, genetic analysis of microbial community composition, comparative and integrative animal physiology, and soil and systems modeling. Peoria, IL  NOTE: Shawn Robinson (Biology '03) did an internship there in Summer 2001.

California Academy of Sciences Summer Systematics Institute

Interns conduct research and participate in tours, seminars, and lectures related to world-wide threats to biodiversity, the origins and diversification of life, phylogenetic systematics and evolutionary biology. San Francisco, CA 

California Institute of Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Research includes environmental sciences, computation and neural systems, bioengineering, biotechnology, biophysics, neuroscience, and molecular biology. Pasadena, CA   NOTE: This program is open to freshmen.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Ecology in Context: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Research projects have included groundwater ecology, beaver activity and stream water quality, submersed aquatic vegetation in the Hudson River, competition between zebra mussels and zooplankton, microbial processes of freshwater wetlands, tree response to defoliation by the gypsy moth, roles of seed eaters in forest food webs, ecology of forest edges, plant communities, and restoration ecology. Millbrook, NY 12545

Case Western Reserve Summer Program in Undergraduate Research

The Biology Department sponsors Great Lakes Studies, in which a team of undergraduates will work together to characterize tributary habitat and patterns of use of habitat by Lake Erie fish populations. Cleveland, OH

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, University of Minnesota Field Research Interns

Research in plant community ecology, soil hydrology, wildlife biology, environmental education, scientific writing, and botany.  NOTE: John Thomas (Biology '03) did an internship in the BioCON project in Summer 2002.

Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Internships in the integrative study of animal behavior with scientists working in biology, psychology, neural science, anthropology and other disciplines. Bloomington, IN 

Chicago Botanic Garden Conservation and Land Management Internship Program

Research in botany, ecology and evolution, entomology, environmental studies, forestry, natural resources management, recreation management, wildlife biology, zoology. Glencoe, IL

Chicago Botanic Garden Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Plant Biology and Conservation

Projects in molecular ecology, plant demography, quantitative genetics, plant conservation, environmental horticulture, and soil biology and geochemistry.

Contact: NSF REU program, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022

Cleveland Museum of Natural History Adopt-A-Student Program

Field work and lab work with museum curators in various areas of the natural sciences. 

Contact: Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle, Cleveland OH 44106

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory Internships in Global Climate Change

Reasearch in chemistry, physics and biology of global climate change, in areas including botany, microbiology, and ecology at the Army Corps of Engineers' CRREL.

Contact: Susan Koh, ERDC-CRREL, 72 Lyme Road Hanover, New Hampshire 03755

Darling Marine Center, University of Maine Summer Internships

Research in a variety of marine science fields, involving both laboratory and field work. 

Contact: Darling Marine Center, 193 Clarks Cove Road, Walpole, ME 04573

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Marine Ecology Internships

Research areas include ecology of early life history of marine and estuarine fishes, plant-animal interactions in seagrass beds, microbial ecology, nutrient biogeochemistry, benthic ecology, trophic interactions and carbon budgets in marine ecosystems, life history and biomechanics of marine invertebrates, paleo-ecology, estuarine science, plankton ecology, and others.

Contact: Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research internships in plant sciences are available in cell biology, molecular biology, structural biology, biochemistry, microbiology, developmental biology, genetics, and pathology of plants.

Contact: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 North Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132

Duke University Mechanisms of Behavior Program

Research in integrative neurobiology, systems neurobiology, or animal behavior.

Contact: Undergraduate Neuroscience Program,
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences,
Duke University, Box 91050
Durham, NC 27708

Duke University Summer Research Opportunity Program

Research in the departments of Biochemistry, Botany, Cell Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Cancer Biology, Neurobiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Zoology.

Contact: SROP Program, 2111 Campus Drive, Box 900700, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708

Emory University Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

Research in: anthropology, human genetics, neurophysiology and neurobiology, behavioral biology, human physiology and pathology, nutrition, biochemistry and cell biology, immunology, paleobiology, pharmacology, developmental biology, microbiology and molecular pathology, evolution and ecology, molecular genetics and molecular evolution, psychobiology and psychology, epidemiology, and rehabilitation medicine/physical therapy.

Contact: SURE Program, c/o Center for Science Education, Emory University, 1399 Oxford Road, Atlanta, GA 30322

Fordham University and the Louis Calder Center - Biological Station Calder Summer Undergraduate Research

Research in forest ecology, limnology, wildlife ecology, microbial ecology. Lyme disease, insect-plant interactions, evolutionary ecology, and effects of urbanization on ecosystem processes.

Contact: CSUR-REU program, Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station, Fordham University, Box 887, Armonk, NY 10504

Georgia Institute of Technology School of Biology Aquatic Chemical Ecology

Research in biological and physical transformations of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems; sensory physiology, biology, and ecology of chemical communication across animal taxa; and ecological roles of chemicals in aquatic environments.

Contact: ACE Program, School of Biology, Georgia Tech, 310 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332

Global Change Education Program Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

Research sponsored by The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), in areas including the Terrestrial Carbon Processes (TCP) effort and the Program for Ecosystem Research (PER) at laboratories across the U.S.

Grice Marine Laboratory Physiology and Cell Biology of Marine Organisms

Research on environmental bioindicators, algal physiology, acid-base physiology, respiratory physiology, immunology, population genetics, and evolutionary biology of marine organisms.

Contact: Fort Johnson Summer Research Program, Grice Marine Laboratory, 205 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Summer Internship Program

Research in aquaculture, biomedical marine research, marine biology, marine mammal research, marine natural product chemistry, marine microbiology, ocean engineering, and oceanography.

Contact: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, 5600 US Highway 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946

Harvard University Summer Research Program in Ecology

Research at Harvard Forest on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including atmospheric pollution, global warming, hurricanes, treefalls, and insect outbreaks. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, wildlife biology, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, and atmosphere-biosphere exchanges.

Contact: Summer Research Program, Harvard Forest, 324 North Main Street, Petersham, MA 01366

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Summer Field Experience Internships in Conservation Science

Research, monitoring, or environmental education internships focusing on raptors and other birds.                                                                                                                    

Contact: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529

Highstead Arboretum Woodland Internships at Highstead

Research in forest ecology may include field sampling (recording deer browse, identifying and recording vegetation, coring trees), laboratory work (tree ring analysis, soil sieving), data entry, and analysis; interns in regional conservation will participate in on-going conservation initiative-based projects and responsibilities may include land, open space, and assessor's records research, Internet and literature review, data entry, and analysis.  David Grunzel (Biology ‘09) did a Forest Ecology internship at Highstead in Summer 2008.

Contact: Internships, Highland Arboretum, Redding Center, CT 06875

Hope College Summer Hope Academic Research Program

Research in genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, plant biology, ecology, environmental studies, and science eduation.

Contact: REU Applications, Hope College Biology Department, 35 E. 12th St., PO Box 9000, Holland, MI 49422

Humboldt State University Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research in ecology, evolutionary biology, and wildlife conservation.

Contact: Research Experiences for Undergraduates Department of Biological Sciences, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA 95521

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Governor's Environmental Corps Summer Internship Program

Internships in control/remediation of land pollution, air pollution, or water pollution.

Contact: Governor's Environmental Corps, Illinois EPA, 1021 North Grand Avenue East, Springfield, Illinois 62794

IMAGO Earth Center Environmental Education Internships

The IMAGO Earth Center is an environmental education organization located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The mission of the Earth Center is to educate about the wonders of nature, to protect greenspace and to provide a place for communities to gather and grow. Interns' duties include teaching, helping with administrative decisions, working on the upkeep of the facilities and working on projects.

Contact: Director, IMAGO Earth Center, 700 Enright Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45205

Iowa State University Program for Women in Science and Engineering

Research hosted by faculty in the following departments: Agricultural Biochemistry; Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering; Agronomy; Animal Science; Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology; Chemical and Biological Engineering; Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology; Entomology; Food Science and Human Nutrition; Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology; and Plant Pathology. This program is open to women after their freshman year.

Contact: Program for Women in Science and Engineering, Iowa State University, 218 Carver Hall, Ames, IA 50011                                                                                                                                 

J. Craig Venter Institute Internship Program

Research at this – perhaps the most cutting-edge genomics center in the world – focuses on microbial and parasite genomics, genomic medicine with an emphasis on cancer genomics and human genome re-sequencing and analysis; mammalian, plant and viral genomics; environmental genomic analysis with an emphasis on microbial biodiversity, ecology, and evolution; use of molecular and genomic methods to develop biological sources of clean energy; synthetic genome development; educational outreach, and policy research on the ethical, legal, and economic issues associated with genomic science and technology.

Contact: J. Craig Venter Institute, Summer Internship Program, Training and Education Department, 9704 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

James Madison University, Bridgewater College, and Eastern Mennonite University Shenandoah ValleyPartnership in Molecular Biology

Research using the tools and techniques of molecular biology to address questions at a wide range of levels including genes, cells, tissues, organisms and ecosystems.

Contact: Department of Biology, MSC 7801, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA  22807

Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University Research Experience for Undergraduates

Recent research projects have included biofuel systems sustainability, ecology and evolutionary genetics of flowering plants, phosphorus and nitrogen biogeochemistry in aquatic systems, perennials in sustainable agriculture, and variation in plant productivity.

Contact: W. K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 East Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Konza Prairie Long Term Ecological Research Program Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Focus is conservation of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Research on ecosystem ecology, grasslands ecology, plant ecology, plant systematics, plant disease, predator ecology, fisheries biology, behavioral ecology, fungal diversity, soil microbial ecology, avian ecology, entomology, or evolutionary ecology.

Contact: REU Program Coordinator, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506

Los Alamos National Laboratory Undergraduate Internships

Research in life sciences, biomedical sciences, health sciences, and environmental sciences. Of special interest to cell biologists are projects in pulmonary biology, radiation biology, flow cytometry, and the Laboratory's leadership role in development of the Human Genome Project. The laboratory is also very active in science education.

Contact: Student Program Coordination STB/EPO, PO Box 1663, MS M706, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545

Marquette University Summer Research Program in Biology

Research in plant biology, microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, muscle physiology and neurobiology.

Contact: Department of Biological Sciences, Wehr Life Sciences Building, Marquette University, PO Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Internships

Internships in a variety of areas, including resource mapping; resource planning development of area master plans, functional master plans, and park master plans; environmental review of development proposals, including management of forest conservation programs; stewardship and enhancement of forest, aquatic, and wildlife ecology; and deer management.

Joe Davis (Biology '02) did internships here in Summer 2000 and Summer 2001, and is now employed by the MNCPPC.

Miami University Research Experience for Undergraduates in Ecology and Environmental Science

Research in ecology and environmental science with faculty from the departments of botany, geology, geography, mathematics & statistics, microbiology, and zoology.

Contact: NSF REU Program Director, Department of Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056

Michigan State University Undergraduate Research in Plant Science Program

Research in virology, marketing of horticultural plants, integrated pest management, forestry, plant breeding/genetics, plant molecular biology, plant growth and development, plant pathology, and agronomy.

Contact: Undergraduate Research in Plant Science Program, Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824

Michigan Technological University Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program on Ecosystems in Transition

Research on existing large-scale, long-term experiments studying ecosystem responses to climatic variations, anthropogenic pollutants, changing wildlife populations, exotic species invasions and ecosystem restoration efforts.

Women and students from minority groups underrepresented in the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Contact: REU Director, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI  49931

Millersville University Watersheds: From River to Estuary

Research focus is on watersheds from headwater streams to estuarine and nearshore marine environments, including field and laboratory work.

Women and students from minority groups underrepresented in the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Contact: REU Coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences, Millersville University,
P.O. Box 1002,
Millersville, PA 17551

Montana State University Safe Passages Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

Research focus on providing safe passage of humans, wildlife, and aquatic organisms through a rural transportation corridor traversing Yellowstone National Park.

Contact: Education Program Coordinator,
Western Transportation Institute,
Montana State University,
P.O. Box 174250,
Bozeman, MT 59717

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute MBARI Summer Internship Program

Internships at MBARI use research vessels, remotely operated vehicles, and autonomous underwater vehicles, to explore the deep ocean and do research in deep-sea ecology and microbiology.

Contact: Internship Program, MBARI, 7700 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039

Mote Marine LaboratoryCollege Internship Program 

Internships in the Center for Shark Research, Center for Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Research, Center for Eco-toxicology, Center for Aquaculture Research and Development, Center for Coral Reef Research, Center for Fisheries Enhancement, Center for Coastal Ecology, and the Tropical Research Laboratory. 

Contact: College Internship Program, Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota FL 34236

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA Faculty and Student Intern Research Program

NOAA offers a number of internship programs offering undergraduates the chance to participate in a wide variety of research activities at NOAA laboratories across the U.S. in marine biology and environmental sciences, as well as engineering and computer science. Research areas range from Antarctic Marine Living Resources to West Coast Marine Mammal Studies.

Contact: Harold Rider, Project Manager, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, PO Box 117, Oak Ridge, TN 37831

National Wildlife Federation Internship Program

Interns may work in conservation, education, fundraising, communications, environmental law, and publications, in areas including endangered species, floodplains, conservation funding, population, climate, trade, finance, Smart Growth, water use policy, sustainable forestry, watersheds, frogs, grizzly recovery, wolf recovery, and grasslands. Internships may be at one of the NWF's field offices in Washington, DC; Anchorage, Alaska; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Austin, Texas; Montpelier, Vermont; Missoula, Montana; Atlanta, Georgia; Boulder, Colorado; San Diego, California; or Seattle, Washington.

Contact: NWF, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190.

New Mexico Tech Interdisciplinary Science for the Environment

Research in environmental science combining  geology, biology, chemistry, and environmental engineering.

Contact: REU Program
, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
, New Mexico Tech
, 801 Leroy Place
, Socorro, NM 87801

Northern Arizona University Environmental Science Research Experience for Undergraduates

Research in conservation biology, landscape ecology, forest ecophysiology, ecological restoration, environmental biology, and environmental geochemistry.

Contact: Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, Northern Arizona University, Peterson Hall 330, Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Northern Arizona University Research Experience for Undergraduates in Behavioral and Conservation Sciences

Research in conservation biology and behavioral sciences. Recent projects have included plant ecology and systematics, evolution of plants in extreme environments, cognitive processes of seed-caching birds and rodents, animal mate choice in mice and beetles, physiology of fish behavior, environmental endocrine disruptor activity, estrogenic effects of uranium, conservation and restoration of freshwater ecosystems, plant-herbivore interactions, and alarm calls of prairie dogs.

This program gives preference first-generation college students and students from racial/ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Contact: Northern Arizona University, Department of Biological Sciences, REU Coordinator, P.O. Box 5640, Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Organization for Tropical Studies North American Students Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Research in tropical ecology at the world-renowned La Selva Biological Station in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. Research may be in ecosystem-level projects, physiological ecology, soil science, or forestry trials of native tree species.

Contact: NSF REU Program, OTS, Box 90033, Durham, NC 27708

Organization of Biological Field Stations Internship

The OBFS is an association of 200 field stations and professionals concerned with field facilities for biological research and education, primarily in North America and Central America. This site provides links to OBFS member stations. Individual stations include descriptions of courses offered and summer internships.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Summer Internships

Internships in areas including microbiology,ecology, environmental engineering, environmental studies, and environmental resource management, at various locations across Pennsylvania. Students must be residents of Pennsylvania.

Contact: PA DEP, Internship Coordinator, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 2nd Floor, P.O. Box 2357, Harrisburg, PA 17105

Pepperdine University Summer Undergraduate Research in Biology

Research in cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and plant physiology. This program is open to freshmen who will have completed one year of biology courses before the internship.

Contact: Dr. Stephen Davis, Natural Science Division, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 90263

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium Internship Programs

Internship opportunities in animal husbandry, horticulture, and conservation education. The animal husbandry internship may include: observation of animals for disease, injuries, and pregnancy; preparing and distributing food and water; exercising and grooming domestic animals; assisting in veterinary procedures; collecting biological specimens; cleaning animal enclosures; and answering visitor questions and narrating animal demonstrations. The animal departments include: aquarium; elephants and ungulates; primates; reptiles and amphibians; Asian animals (leopards, tiger, waterfowl); African Savanna (lion, rhino, cheetah); and domestic animals. The horticulture internship may include care and maintenance of tropical and temperate plants, landscape installation, annual display beds, and botanical interpretation programs for visitors. Conservation education interns will be involved in educational programs such as Zoo classes, summer day camp, and amphitheater demonstrations. Science and conservation research internships are also available in ethology.

Contact: Human Resources, Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium Internship Program, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Plymouth State University Summer Research Experience at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest

Research based at the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This program emphasizes the societal relevance of ecology and ecosystem science and is designed to appeal to students interested in ecosystem research and the interpretation and communication of science to the broader society. This will include students interested in using science to address environmental issues, as well as those pursuing careers in resource management, teaching, and applied environmental science.

Contact: Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, 25 Dobson Hill Road, Thornton, NH 03285

Princeton University Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

Research in molecular biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. This program seeks undergraduates who are racial/ethnic minorities, who are from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, or who are from small liberal arts colleges.

Contact: PSURE, The Graduate School, Clio Hall, Princeton, NJ, 08544

Queens Botanical Garden Summer Internships

Research and education work in the children’s garden, compost education, or horticulture.

Contact: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

Research at this world-famous field station is in field biology in botany, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

Contact: Director, RMBL, Box 519, Crested Butte, CO 81244

Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station Student Internships

Ecosystems research on the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.

Contact: Pinelands Field Station, Rutgers University, P.O. Box 206, 501 Four Mile Road, New Lisbon, NJ 08064

Rutgers/UMDNJ Research in Science and Engineering

Research projects are available in the following departments at Rutgers: Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Bioresource Engineering, Cell and Developmental Biology, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Ecology and Evolution, Entomology, Environmental Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience, Oceanography, Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacology, Cellular and Molecular, Plant Biology and Toxicology and at UMDNJ: Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, Molecular Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Neuroscience , Physiology & Integrative Biology and Environmental Science/Exposure Assessment.
This program gives preference to students from groups underrepresented in the sciences, including minorities underrepresented in the sciences, economically/educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, first generation to attend college, or disabled.

Contact: RISE at Rutgers/UMDNJ, Graduate School-New Brunswick, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 25 Bishop Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

SamHouston State University Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Experimental Field Biology

Research projects in ecology, taxonomy, animal behavior, environmental microbiology, and ichnology.

Contact: REU, Sam Houston State University, Department of Biological Sciences, P.O. Box 2116, Huntsville, TX 77341

San Jose State University Research by Undergraduates using Molecular Biology Applications

Research with molecular biology applications in the areas of genetics, molecular evolution, molecular environmental microbiology, cell and molecular developmental biology, and forensics.

This program is open to freshmen students who will have completed one year of college biology and chemistry.

Contact: RUMBA, Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, Duncan Hall 254, San Jose, CA 95192

Santa Fe Institute Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research on complexity analysis in the life sciences including theoretical ecology.

Contact: Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory Research Experience for Undergraduates

Research in natural and disturbed river ecosystems. 

Contact: Program Coordinator, SREL, Drawer E, Aiken, SC 29802

Shannon Point Marine Center, Western Washington University Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research in marine biology. Past projects have included: productivity and nutrient cycling in local watershed systems; marine microbial ecology; physiology of symbiosis; larval development, physiology, ecology and morphology of marine invertebrates; and environmental toxicology.

Contact: Dr. Stephen Sulkin, SPMC, 1900 Shannon Point Road, Anacortes, WA 98211 

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center SERC Internship Program in Environmental Studies

Hands-on experience at the SERC in the fields of environmental research and education. Projects include terrestrial, atmospheric, and estuarine environmental research within the disciplines of ecology, biology, chemistry, microbiology, botany, zoology, mathematics, and physics. Projects are also offered in environmental education and environmental information management. The SERC is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay about 30 miles east of Washington D.C.

Contact: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Attn: Internship Coordinator, 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History Internship Programs

The NMNH offers a number of internships for undergraduates, including the Smithsonian Minority Internship Program, the Natural History Internship Program, the Arctic Studies Center in Anchorage (Alaska) Internship Program, The Laboratories of Analytical Biology Program, Naturalist Center in Loudoun County (Virginia) Internship Program, and Smithsonian Marine Station at Ft. Pierce (Florida) Internship Program. The Research Training Program is designed for undergraduates considering careers in anthropology, systematic biology and natural history research. There are lectures, discussions, workshops, and field trips to collection areas. There are laboratory demonstrations in biological diversity and molecular systematics.

Contact: Research Training Program Coordinator, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560

Smithsonian National Zoological Park Research Internship Program

Internships in conservation biology (behavior, ecology and GIS, genetics, and nutrition), reproductive sciences (gamete biology and endocrinology), and science education and training.

Contact: Internship/Fellowship Coordinator, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, PO Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013

Student Conservation Association Internships

Lists wide range of internships and jobs in National Parks and National Forests in areas such as archaeology, recreation management, interpretation, river patrol and management, wildlife biology, backcountry and wilderness management, environmental education, forestry, visitor services, geology, horseback patrol, trail construction, and cave management.

Texas A&M University Research Experience for Undergraduates:
Expanding Scientific Investigation Through Entomology

Research in entomology including biochemical analyses, DNA sequencing and extraction, analysis of gene expression, molecular marker development, physiological and toxicological bioassays, and stereomicroscopy, compound microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy.

Contact: Department of Entomology,
Texas A&M University,
TAMU 2475,
College Station, TX 77843

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Summer Undergraduate Research Focus - Anthropogenic Impacts on the Environment

Investigation of the effects of human activities on the coastal environment.

Contact: Department of Life Sciences,
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi,
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5802,
Corpus Christi, TX 78412

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program

This program is designed to encourage the participation in environmental-related issues and policies.
This program is for students from racial/ethnic ethnic minorities, women, and students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds.

Contact: Mickey Leland Internship Program, MC 116, Human Resources & Staff Development Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711

The Berry Botanic Garden Summer Conservation Internships & Summer Horticulture Internships

Work includes germination trials, running a Seed Bank for Rare and Endangered Plants, seed collection from wild populations and field research, including fire restoration and rare plant reintroductions.

Contact: The Berry Botanic Garden, 11505 SW Summerville Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97219

The Field Museum of Natural History Internships

The interships support basic research on the collections in anthropology, botany, geology and zoology (birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, insects, fishes, invertebrates).

Contact: The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience Research Experience for Undergraduates

Research in cell biology, molecular biology, physiology and neurobiology using marine mammals.

Contact: Undergraduate Coordinator, The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080

Towson University Research Experience for Undergraduates in Molecular Ecology

Research using molecular approaches to address ecological questions pertaining to the biology of plants and animals. Students from racial/ethic minority groups underrepresented in the sciences and from small liberal arts colleges are urged to apply.

Contact: Towson University Department of Biology, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252

Tufts University Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

Research using integrative approaches to studying recognition systems in cells, organisms, and populations.

Contact: REU Program, Department of Biology, Tufts University, 163 Packard Avenue Medford, MA 02155

United States Army Environmental Center Student Internship Program

Research in environmental programs involving cultural and natural resources, restoration, compliance, conservation, pollution prevention, validation, demonstration, transfer, quality assurance and quality control, training, information management and reporting, and related programs. Fields of study include anthropology, archaeology, biology, chemistry, ecology, engineering, entomology, environmental sciences, history, information sciences, plant pathology, wildlife biology, and zoology. Located at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland.

University of Arizona Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Molecular Biosciences

Research in the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Chemistry, Entomology, Plant Science, Microbiology and Immunology, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Genomic Analysis and Technology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Nutritional Sciences, Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and Neurobiology.

Contact: REU for Undergraduates in Molecular Biosciences, Life Sciences South 348, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721

University of Alaska Anchorage Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research in high latitude ecology and physiological ecology ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem level, addressing terrestrial, marine, and/or freshwater species and habitats.
Contact: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage, 211 Providence Drive, ENGR 333,
Anchorage, AK 99508

University of Alaska Southeast Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research in marine biology or coastal ecology with marine invertebrates, birds, mammals and population genetics.

Contact: Department of Marine Biology, University of Alaska Southeast, Anderson Building AND1, 11120 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801

University of California Davis Research Experience for Undergraduates in Marine Science

Research at Bodega Marine Laboratory on a variety of study organisms, habitats both marine and coastal terrestrial, and diverse areas of study including coastal oceanography, invasive species ecology, pollution effects on marine life, and biodiversity.

Contact: Bodega Marine Laboratory, 2099 Westside Road, PO Box 247, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

University of California Merced Yosemite Research Training in Environmental Science

Field research at Yosemite National Park in ecology, geosciences, biodiversity, conservation, restoration, and hydrology.

Contact: Director of the Yosemite Research Training in ES, School of Natural Sciences, University of California, PO Box 2039, Merced, CA 95344


UCLA The Diversity Project
Research aimed at understanding the origins of high marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle. Students will participate in fieldwork in Indonesia, Malaysia or the Philippines and use molecular genetic techniques to study biodiversity.   NOTE: This program is for students from racial/ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the sciences.
University of California Riverside, Center for Plant Cell Biology Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Systems-based research in plant biology integrating genomic, proteomic, bioinformatic, cellular, molecular, biochemical, and genetic approaches.

Contact: Center for Plant Cell Biology Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, CA, 92521

University of Central Oklahoma Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Behavior and Ecology of Honey Bees

Research will include seven weeks in the country of Turkey (based at Uludag University in Bursa) to study aspects of the foraging ecology of solitary bees and honey bees in their native region of the world.

Contact: Department of  Biology, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK 73034

University of Colorado Boulder Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Behavior, Ecology and Evolution

Research in behavior, ecology, and evolution at the Mountain Research Station an interdisciplinary research facility of the University of Colorado, devoted to advancement of study of mountain ecosystems. Studies include hydrology, ecosystem ecology, community ecology, mammalogy, behavioral ecology, and biosphere-atmosphere interactions.

Contact: Michael Breed, EPO Biology CB334, The University of Colorado, Boulder CO 80309

University of Delaware Marine Sciences Summer Internship

Field research in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology, marine geology, or marine biochemistry. 

Contact: University of Delaware College of Marine and Earth Studies, 111 Robinson Hall, Newark, DE 19716

University of Florida – University of Cape Coast Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Field research in ecology, environmental science and conservation biology in the sub-Sahara, West African country of Ghana.

Contact: UF-UCC REU in Ghana, Office of the Provost, University of Florida, Tigert Hall Room 235, Gainesville, FL 32611

University of Georgia Summer Undergraduate Fellowships in Genetics

Research in biotechnology, developmental genetics, ecological genetics, eukaryotic molecular genetics, evolutionary genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular evolution, and prokaryotic molecular genetics.

Contact: SUNFIG Director, Department of Genetics, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602

University of Hawaii, Hilo Research Experience for Undergraduates

Research related to conservation biology in an island setting, including tropical biology, evolution, and natural resource management. This program is for students from minority groups underrepresented in the sciences who attend colleges without extensive research opportunities.

Contact: Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science, University of Hawaii Hilo, 200 W. Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720

University of Louisville Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity Program

Research in anatomical sciences, neurobiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, biophysics, evolution, ecology, oral biology, audiology, and behavioral biology.

Contact: Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity Program, Graduate School, 105 Houchens Building, University of Louisville, Louisville KY 40292

University of Maryland, Sea Grant College Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Internships to conduct coastal and marine research on the Chesapeake Bay, in areas such as estuarine processes, benthic environment, physical oceanography, contaminants, molecular biology, biogeochemistry, submerged aquatic vegetation, modeling & analysis, and fisheries.

Contact: Maryland Sea Grant College, 4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 300, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20740

University of Massachusetts Amherst Summer Program for Undergraduate Research

Research in biochemistry, molecular biology, animal science, entomology, environmental sciences, food science, natural resources conservation, forestry, microbiology, plant and soil sciences, wildlife and fisheries conservation, neuroscience and behavior, organismic and evolutionary biology, plant biology, and cell biology.
This program gives preference to students from racial/ethnic minorities underrepresented in the sciences.

Contact: Program Director, Northeast Alliance SPUR, Goodell Building Room 528, UMass Amherst, Amherst MA 01003

University of Massachusetts Boston Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Integrative and Evolutionary Biology

Research in biodiversity, bioinformatics, cell signaling, conservation biology, genetics, gene regulation, ecology, evolutionary biology, molecular evolution, neuropharmacology, microbiology, microbial ecology, plant growth control, and population biology.

Contact: REU Program Director, Department of Biology, UMass Boston, Boston MA 02125

University of Michigan Biological Station Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Field ecology research on biosphere-atmosphere studies in a changing global environment.

Contact: University of Michigan Biological Station, 2014 Natural Science Building, 830 North Univerity Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

University of Minnesota Global Change REU Program

Research at the headwaters of the Mississippi River addressing global change. Research areas include limnology, microbial ecology, fish behavior, mammalogy, ecosystem ecology, aquatic ecology, exotic species, and landscape ecology.

Contact: College of Biological Sciences, 123 Snyder Hall, 1475 Gortner Avenue, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108

University of Missouri-Columbia Miller Summer Research Internships in Animal Sciences

Research focusing on food and fiber producing animals, including ruminant and nonruminant nutrition, reproductive physiology, nutritional immunology, genetics and molecular biology, and environmental physiology.

Contact: Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211

University of Missouri-Columbia Plant Genomics Internships

Research in plant structural and functional genomics, including genome organization, gene expression, signal transduction, hormone action, organelle biochemistry, disease resistance, and crop plant productivity.

Contact: Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211

University of New Mexico Sevilleta LTER Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research in conservation biology and ecology at Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research site in central New Mexico. Priority will be given to students who are from institutions with limited research opportunities, first-generation college students, and students who are members of racial/ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the sciences. This program is open to freshmen who will have completed only one year of college courses before the internship.

Contact: REU Program, Sevilleta Field Station
P.O. Box 611,
Socorro, NM 87801

University of North Carolina Wilmington Research Experience for Undergraduates in Biodiversity Conservation

Research comparing fossil, archeological and modern marine samples to study how the marine ecosystem has changed through time, as well as determinging the degree and nature of human impact, assessing the health of the modern system, and identifying possible approaches to protecting biodiversity. 

Contact: REU Program, Department of Geography and Geology, 
University of North Carolina Wilmington,
601 South College Road,
Wilmington, NC 28403

University of Notre Dame Global Linkages of Biology, the Environment, and Society (GLOBES) Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Interdisciplinary research on problems of infectious disease, invasive species, and environmental degradation.

Contact: NSF-IGERT GLOBES Program Director, University of Notre Dame, Department of Biological Sciences, Notre Dame, IN 46556

University of Oregon Summer Program for Undergraduate Research

Research in evolution, development, genomics, structural biology and biophysics, bioinformatics, computational biology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, genetics, cell biology, neuroscience, ecology, marine biology, biochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, physiology, psychology, exercise and movement science, and human physiology. Special consideration will be given to students who are from institutions with limited research opportunities, first-generation college students, students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds, and/or members of racial/ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Contact: Summer Program for Undergraduate Research, Department of Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403

University of Puerto Rico, Institute for Tropical Ecosystems Studies REU Summer Internship on Tropical Ecology and Evolution

Research in plant systematics and population biology, plant community dynamics and forest ecology, plant eco-physiology, terrestrial arthropod ecology, plant reproductive ecology and evolution, aquatic insect ecology, land-use history and species diversity, and soil ecology, at El Verde Field Station in Puerto Rico.

Contact: Alonso Ramirez, Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies, University of Puerto Rico, P.O. Box 21910, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931

University of South Carolina Undergraduate Research in Integrative Evolutionary Biology

Research in evolutionary biology. The program emphasizes the interface between molecular genetics and organismal-level processes using molecular biology techniques to address questions in behavior, life history evolution, systematics, population biology, and ecological physiology.

Contact: Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.

University of Texas at Austin, Environmental Science Institute Research Experience for Undergraduates in Integrated Environmental Sciences

Research in environmental studies in the areas of chemistry, biology, biochemistry, toxicology, and geology. This program stresses the connections between scientific and policy fields related to the environment, especially in watershed management.

Contact: The University of Texas at Austin, Environmental Science Institute, 1 University Station C1100, Austin, TX 78712

University of Toledo, Lake Erie Research and Education Center Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

Research in remote sensing and watershed modeling, phytoremediation, ecology, environmental geography, microinvertebrates, environmental law, environmental planning, and soil science, focusing on environmental protection of the Maumee River watershed that flows through Toledo into Lake Erie.

Contact: NSF-REU program, Lake Erie Center, University of Toledo, 6200 Bayshore Road, Oregon, OH 43618

University of Virginia, Blandy Experimental Farm Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Field studies in ecology, environmental sciences, and evolution.

Contact: Coordinator for Undergraduate Research, Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, University of Virginia, Boyce, VA 22620

University of Virginia, Mountain Lake Biological Station Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Field studies in plant and animal behavior, ecology, and evolution.

Contact: REU Coordinator, Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA 22904

University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratory Blinks Fellows in Marine Research

Research emphasizing marine invertebrate zoology, phycology, fisheries science, conservation biology, molecular biology of marine organisms, and oceanography. The program targets students from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in the sciences. 

Contact: Scott Schwinge, Friday Harbor Laboratories, 620 University Road, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

University of Wisconsin-Madison Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program

Research areas: plant development, breeding, and genetics; environmental biology; bioenergy, computational biology and biostatistics; neurobiology; and cellular and molecular biology. This program gives preference to students who are: from small liberal arts colleges without extensive research opportunities; first-generation college students; from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds; or from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Contact: Center for Biology Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1266 Genetics/Biotech Center, 425 Henry Mall, Madison, WI 53706

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Great Lakes WATER Institute Summer Internships in Aquatic Sciences

Research in geology, geochemistry, physical chemistry, aquatic zoology, microbiology, molecular biology, fish biology/ecology/aquaculture, and biochemistry/physiology of aquatic organisms.

Contact: Great Lakes WATER Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 600 E. Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Ursinus College Summer Internships in Aquatic Sciences

Research opportunities in environmental science in the areas of microbiology, climate change, ecology of mammals, and watershed management. This program gives preference to students who are from small liberal arts colleges without extensive research opportunities or from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Contact: Department of Biology, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA 19426

Virginia Institute of Marine Science Summer Intern Program

Internships are available in many areas of marine science, including biological, geological, chemical, physical, environmental science, fisheries and management emphases.

Contact: Office of the Graduate Dean, Summer Intern Program, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA 23062

Virginia Tech Undergraduate Summer Research Internship

Research in agriculture, animal sciences, biochemistry, crop and soil sciences, dairy science, entomology, food science, horticulture, nutrition and exercise, plant pathology and physiology, natural resources, microbiology, fisheries and wildlife sciences, forestry, and veterinary medicine. This program is for students from racial/ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Contact: Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program, Summer Research Internship Program, 110 Femoyer Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061

West Texas A&M University Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research experience examining ecological and environmental issues impacting the Southern High Plains.

Contact: REU Program P.I.,
WTAMU, Box 60808,
Canyon, TX 79016

Western Michigan University Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research with an interdisciplinary approach to understanding environmental signal transduction, including evolution of metabolism and chemical ecology.

Contact: Research Experiences for Undergraduates, Western Michigan University, Department of Chemistry, Wood Hall, 1903 W. Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Internship Program

Work in resource conservation and community conservation, constituent programs, land stewardship, public affairs, or finance and administration. 

White Mountain Research Station Research Experience for Undergraduates

Research and monitoring of natural resources throughout the Owens Valley, Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the White Mountains of California. 

Contact: White Mountain Research Station, 3000 E. Line Street, Bishop CA 93514

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Undergraduate Fellowships for Minorities

Research at this world-renowned institute will have an oceanographic or marine policy application. This program is for students from racial/ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the sciences. Josh Hopp (Chemistry '04) did an internship at the Ecosytems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole in Summer 2003. Funding for internships at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is available from W&J's Edwin M. Linton endowment for marine biological studies.

Contact: Academic Programs, MS #31, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 360 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, MA 02543

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship Program

Research at this world-renowned institute will have an oceanographic or marine policy application. Josh Hopp (Chemistry '04) did an internship at the Ecosytems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole in Summer 2003. Funding for internships at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is available from W&J's Edwin M. Linton endowment for marine biological studies.

Contact: Academic Programs, MS #31, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 360 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, MA 02543