Updated 1 Apr 2021

Tufts Summer Research Experience for Undergrads (REU)

The Department of Biology at Tufts University offers a summer research program,”Integrative Approaches to Studying Recognition Systems in Cells, Organisms, and Populations” in which 12 students work closely on collaborative, interdisciplinary projects. Students in this 10-week program will receive a stipend of $575 per week and $100 per week for food. Housing will NOT be provided. We are accepting local students who are able to commute to Tufts University each day.

Our department has a long-standing commitment to mentoring undergraduates, as well as a strong track record of highly productive interdisciplinary research. Science is a collaborative enterprise, requiring the combined expertise of researchers from diverse fields. The goals of this summer program are: to increase students’ proficiency in biological research, to educate and inspire students toward research careers, and to develop the students ability to effectively communicate scientific results. In addition to research, students participate in weekly discussions, seminars, field trips, and symposia.

Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in accredited institutions. Candidates should have a strong academic record. We encourage applications from first generation students, veterans, students from historically underrepresented groups, as well as students from community colleges or other institutions that do not traditionally offer research opportunities.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Students must be able to participate for the entire duration of the program (June 1 – August 9, 2021)

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Maine Space Grant Consortium 2021 MERITS Program

The Maine Space Grant Consortium sponsors science research opportunities for high school students. For more information, click this link.

2021 Summer NSF-REU Program at University of Virginia: Mountain Lake Biological Station

Join undergraduates from around the country for a unique 10-week learning and living research experience in the southern Appalachians. Students conduct independent research in field ecology, evolution, behavior, and physiology under the supervision of resident scientists. REUs are internships that include all station costs, travel, and a $6,000 stipend.

MLBS is accepting applications in anticipation of hosting a normal on-site REU program this summer. Any pandemic-related adjustments to the program will be communicated as soon as information is available.
Program dates: May 24 – July 30
Application deadline: February 20

Learn more and apply!

Operation Wallacea: Opportunities to Gain Remote Fieldwork Experience in Biodiversity and Conservation Research

Operation Wallacea has run biodiversity research expeditions for the last 25 years to a series of sites mainly in the tropics (www.opwall.com), helping university students from around the world gain valuable experience and get their hands dirty with real biodiversity research. From tropical rainforests and European grasslands to coral reefs and Mediterranean seagrass meadows, our network of more than 200 academics lead cutting edge research projects that help to inform local conservation management strategies.

More than 500 papers including some in high impact journals such as Nature and PNAS have been published from these annual programs, so by joining the field surveys you are guaranteed a high level of academic involvement. By working alongside these academics, students either gain broad experience as research assistants or to gather data for their independent research project (thesis). The expeditions vary in length from 2 to 6 weeks during the month of June to August. 

Click here for our research assistant brochure or click here for the senior thesis brochure.

Virtual Presentations

One of their lead academics is presenting about the program over the month of October, where you can learn about how to join one of these expeditions and how the data collected are being used to help with wildlife conservation measures.

The series of webinars being hosted by the academic are listed below, so please click on the webinar time and date that you can attend.

2021 Expeditions

Expeditions were cancelled for 2020 but there are a full range of expeditions for the 2021 season. The expeditions will be socially distanced (e.g. one tent per person) and if developments in the fight against the virus do not go as planned and we cannot run the 2021 expeditions, then anyone booked on for 2021 will get a cash refund. 

When students sign up, they’ll be given support in how to fundraise and most students raise a good percentage or even all of the funds needed from grants, sponsorship and fundraising activities. Given the growing public concern about species extinctions and climate change getting support for joining real biodiversity research expeditions to remote areas of the tropics is increasingly possible. However, raising funds takes time which is why it’s important to introduce the programs to students as soon as possible in the new university year.

Click here for an informational introduction video

For everyone who submits an expression of interest, a bespoke itinerary is created and sent to you, this is based on your interests and career objectives. To submit an expression of interest click here.

Interdisciplinary Research And Extension Experiences For Undergrads at South Dakota State University


MAY 25– AUGUST 1, 2020

South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate trainees an exposure to graduate studies and professional careers in the plant sciences with the goal of helping them develop the necessary skills for towards diverse career paths.

Each student will participate in the program for a total of 20 weeks during two consecutive summers (10 weeks per summer). In the first year of the cycle, 6-7 trainees will work with on-campus faculty mentors and develop an independent research project on plant microbiomes for ten weeks and will develop important skill sets in agricultural microbiology, including laboratory, field/greenhouse experiments, data analysis, and bioinformatics, and oral and written expression skills. At the end of their first program year, the trainees will choose among opportunities in academic research, extension and industry.

The program covers; travel expenses, housing (on campus dormitories), food allowance ($100/week) and stipend ($3,250 for students in their 1st summer & $4,750 for 2ndsummer students).

INFORMATION & APPLICATIONS: https://www.sdstate.edu/reeu- microbiomes. For additional information and enquires contact Dr Jose L. Gonzalez Hernandez ([email protected] or 605- 688-6907)

You will need to complete the online application form and provide a statement of interest, contact information for 1-2 references (ask them to fill a reference letter), and copies of transcripts (unofficial are fine).

Native American and African American students and other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.

Interdisciplinary Research experiences for Undergraduates in the Plant Sciences: from Genomes to Phenomes to Landscapes

South Dakota State University

May 26 to July 31, 2020

This NSF funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site award at South Dakota State University invites ten undergraduate students to participate in a unique research program that will broaden your perspective in state-of-the-art technologies, will provide you with an interdisciplinary research experience, and will introduce you to research and challenges in the modern plant sciences.

For ten weeks during the summers of 2020-2022, you will work on innovative research projects with experienced faculty mentors from the Biology and Microbiology Department, the Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department, and the Natural Resource Management Department, and will be integrated into a multidisciplinary research environment. During the 10-week program, you will become actively involved in a wide range of research topics ranging from crop breeding, functional plant genomics and phenomics, next generation sequencing and bioinformatics, plant biotic interactions (beneficial and pathogenic), soil science, and plant ecology. A genomics jamboree will engage you and your mentors in next generation sequencing, genome assembly, gene annotation, and bioinformatics, and will allow you to work actively in teams. In addition to pursuing your independent research projects, you will participate in a boot camp that will provide you with the essential background to develop and design the experiments for your internship project, and in workshops and discussions about the ethical conduct of research, successful graduate program applications, and entrepreneurial and industry career opportunities after graduation.

Students from schools with limited research opportunities (e.g. community colleges, smaller baccalaureate colleges) or from under-represented groups (African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Latinos) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Participant Support: Stipend of $600 per week ($6,000 for a total of ten weeks), up to $650 in reimbursement for travel expenses, $100 per week food allowance, and free housing on campus.

Applicant Requirements: U.S. citizenship or permanent residency; declared major in biology, environmental sciences, plant sciences, or other related fields; freshman year completed by May 31, 2020; interest in research in a multidisciplinary environment.

To Apply: Please contact Dr. Heike Bucking ([email protected]) for interest and application. Required documentation for completion will include:

  1. Filled application form with five preferred research topics
  2. Short cover letter (1 page maximum)that describes your interest in this opportunity and your future career goals
  3. Official transcripts
  4. Two reference letters
  5. Submission of the application: https://www.sdstate.edu/reu-plants(the application page will become available soon).

Application Deadline: April 5, 2020

Study Abroad in Indonesia through Rutgers University

Primates, Ecology, and Conservation in Indonesia June 24–July 17, 2020 | 6 credits

Study sustainable approaches to forest, wildlife, and marine management, and explore a variety of different views on important global issues.

During this course, students will observe wild orangutans and gibbons, learn how to monitor the ecology of tropical rainforests and biodiversity, snorkel in the Thousand Islands off the coast of Java, release baby sea turtles, participate in coral reef restoration projects, visit 8th century Buddhist and Hindu temples, and learn the Indonesian art of Batik. No prior courses needed to come on this trip – your classroom is nature and outside. There are no required exams, just learning and participation and a final group presentation on your group project! Please feel free to reach out for questions! There is limited space so please apply now!

It is a 3.5 week 6-credit program in Indonesia. Early acceptance ends March 1 but students can still apply through March 15. The link is https://global.rutgers.edu/program-search/details/summer-rutgers-primates-ecology-and-conservation-indonesia

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad

102 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Invasive Plant Biology Intern

The Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP) within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) seeks adventurous and motivated candidates for an Invasive Plant Biology Internship. The Intern will assist with mapping, treatment, and monitoring of invasive terrestrial and wetland plants. Fieldwork occurs throughout Maine in beautiful State Parks, Public Lands, and private working farms and woodlots, and includes: searching for terrestrial invasive plants and documenting infestations using field forms, camera, maps, and handheld GPS; invasive plant removal using hand tools; monitoring and re-treatment of known infestations; and assisting with invasive plant workshops. Office work includes data entry and records management, creating maps using iMapInvasives and/or ArcGIS, assisting with invasive plant management recommendations reports, preparing education and outreach materials, and general office projects. Applicants must be able to work outdoors for long periods of time under a wide variety of conditions, including long days on foot carrying heavy gear in hot weather. The position will have the opportunity to be cross-trained with other MNAP and DACF projects.

The Internship requires a strong interest in invasive plant ecology and land stewardship, attention to detail, and enthusiasm for addressing invasive plants in Maine. The ability to identify common invasive and native plants, familiarity with handheld GPS units, and prior fieldwork experience and/or coursework (vegetation surveys, plant ID, etc.) are preferred, but training will be provided. The Internship is 40 hours/week from approximately mid-May through mid-August 2020 and pays $14.00/hour. Some overnight travel will be required.

Preference will be given to applications received by Monday, March 9. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Nancy Olmstead
Maine Natural Areas Program
177 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
[email protected] (electronic applications preferred)

For more information about MNAP, visit: www.maine.gov/dacf/mnap

Apply to the Amphibian Foundation’s Bridge Program for Conservation Research

What is the Bridge Program?

AF’s Bridge Program offers the opportunity for adult students to explore and conduct researchfocused on the conservation of imperiled amphibians in the southeast United States. This academic program is designed to help students gain career experience and scientific skills. Students are mentored by globally-recognized scientists and directly contribute to the conservation of amphibians.

Who can apply? 

All interested adults (age 18+) can apply to AF’s Bridge Program. The program is intended for

  • high school graduates who want to explore conservation and gain skills before attending college
  • college students who want research experience during their studies
  • college graduates seeking opportunities to develop their biology and conservation training

Where is the program located? When does it start?

The Amphibian Foundation is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Students are required to be on site during the session. The summer session runs May 11 to August 21, 2020 (deadline for deposit is Saturday, April 11, 2020). The fall session starts September 8, 2020 (deadline for deposit is Saturday, August 8, 2020).

What is the curriculum?

Unique to the Bridge Program, curriculum is specifically tailored for each student based on conservation interests and career goals. All curriculum includes contextualized instruction, opportunities to explore areas of specialization, and career development and transition into conservation research. Students rotate working in the captive propagation (breeding) and husbandry labs of diverse reptiles and amphibians, including threatened and endangered amphibians, and participate in

  • field work (e.g., contributing to research projects monitoring flatwoods salamanders and gopher frogs)
  • guided research (e.g., designing a project, drafting manuscripts)
  • creative expression (e.g., illustration, photography, writing)
  • education and outreach

Our program also includes certificate courses in Master Herpetologist and Venomous Reptile Handling.

For more information, visit:http://bridge.amphibianfoundation.org/

2020 Summer Research Opportunities (SROP) at Purdue University

Purdue University hosts the Summer Research Opportunities Program on its campus June 1, 2020 through July 24, 2020.  This program helps to mentor URM undergraduates, as they develop their research skills, in preparation for a graduate school education.  Both STEM and non-STEM students are welcome to apply.

Primarily, this program takes Junior & Senior Undergraduates, but occasionally Sophomores are also accepted.  Students Graduating in this spring, and looking at Graduate Schools for the fall, are also more than welcome to apply.

We will be accepting applications until March 1st, 2020.

Included with acceptance into Purdue University’s SROP is a roundtrip flight, university housing, and a generous stipend.  In addition to a 40 hour work week of research training, SROP provides professional development workshops, social activities, and the opportunity to develop a diverse cohort of colleagues and friends.

The link directly to the application, can be found HERE.

Attached flyer: SROP 2020

 Clinical Research Intern Position at the Harris Orthopaedics Laboratory

The pioneering efforts of the Harris Orthopaedics Laboratory (HOL) www.harrisortholab.org have positively impacted the quality of life of many millions of patients through innovation and evidence-based medicine since its inception in 1969. The mission of the laboratory is to improve patient outcomes through materials science and clinical research with an emphasis on total hip and knee replacement surgery. The HOL is part of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

An eleven to thirteen-week Research Intern position with a stipend is available from June-August 2020. The internship will include a structured introduction into the design and execution of international, multicenter clinical studies focused on the long-term follow-up of patients with a total hip or knee replacement. Interns will also have the opportunity to gain clinical experience through interaction with the Orthopaedic Surgery Department, to contribute to relevant clinical research, and to conduct an independent research project. The intern will have access to a sophisticated data registry system that captures arthroplasty and orthopaedic trauma surgeries across all Partners’ Healthcare-affiliated hospitals. Partners’ Healthcare is the largest healthcare provider in Massachusetts. Upon successful completion of the internship, the intern may be considered for the full-time clinical study coordinator position that is planned for June 2021.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • Analyze study participant x-rays
  • Assist in quality control of current study data
  • Monitor publications from academic journals and contribute to literature reviews
  • Attend Grand Rounds and other presentations from the clinical research staff
  • Perform other duties as assigned

The ideal candidate will be a rising senior on the pre-med track who has demonstrated strong academic performance (minimum 3.5 GPA is preferred). Prior research and/or clinical experience and completion of undergraduate coursework in statistics and computer science are all preferred. Preference will be given to a candidate planning to matriculate at medical school in 2023.

Robust written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, and strong organizational skills are all expected. Independence, self-motivation, and a willingness to learn new skills are also vital for succeeding in this position.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and your unofficial transcript to Austin Collins at [email protected] by February 29, 2020. We will start reviewing the applications as we receive them. Earlier applicants will receive priority.

2020 Kennebec Land Trust Ronald Joseph Summer Internship

The Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) is seeking summer interns to work on trail maintenance and construction, land conservation projects, invasive plant control, educational programming, and general office work such as writing press releases and sending out mailings. Interns will have the opportunity to assist with environmental education programs at the Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead http://vaughanhomestead.org/.

Interested applicants should be willing to learn basic plant identification skills, be able to perform physically demanding field work, be comfortable multi-tasking in the office, and have an interest in land conservation.

Optional Independent Research Opportunities: KLT also provides opportunities for interns to conduct independent research focused on conservation and resource management, wildlife and plant ecology, land use history or other relevant topics.

This summer we are specifically looking for students to conduct research focused on:

● land trust policies regarding siting of solar panels, wind turbines, hydropower facilities and other renewables – a national perspective based on specific land trust projects

● best practices for developing and managing multi-use trails

● socially responsible investing – best practices in the non-profit sector

In addition to these topics, we welcome other project proposals.

Students’ studies have the potential to enhance KLT’s educational offerings, and to inform property management plans and our Strategic Conservation Plan.

KLT will help students frame research questions and identify properties on which to conduct research.

2009-2019 Interns and Research projects

Rate of pay: KLT provides a stipend and housing. Interns are responsible for purchasing their own food. Interns and students conducting independent research projects are encouraged to apply for grant funding or work study funds from their college or university to help compensate their time with KLT. KLT will provide mileage at the IRS rate for summer interns.

KLT supervision: Jean-Luc Theriault, Stewardship Director and Theresa Kerchner, Executive Director.

Hours: Flexible hours; 32-40 hours a week (Friday research day optional); June 22 – August 23; some weeks will consist of more work hours than others.


· minimum of one year of college, with preference to students working towards degrees in education, environmental science, biology, forestry, geography or related degree (or equivalent experience); other majors will be considered

· ability to work independently and as part of a team

· strong organizational and time management skills

· ability to perform moderately strenuous manual labor

· comfortable working outside

· valid driver’s license

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of two references to the address below by February 28, 2020. Both academic and prior work references are accepted.

Send full application to:

The Kennebec Land Trust

c/o Jean-Luc Theriault, Stewardship Director

PO Box 261

Winthrop, Maine 04364


Email: [email protected]

Cornell AgriTech Summer Research Scholars Program

Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York offers a Summer Research Scholars Program in 2020 where undergraduate students will participate in exciting research projects in one of three disciplines including:

The student interns have the opportunity to work with faculty, their graduate students, postdocs, and staff on research projects that can be laboratory or field-based.

Important 2020 dates:

  • Application deadline: February 2, 2020
  • Letter of Reference deadline: February 9, 2020 
  • Program starts on May 27, 2020 (May 26 for travel) and runs through July 24, 2020 (July 25 for travel).

Link to flyers in both English and Spanish: Cornell Summer Scholars Flyer 2020-Eng-Esp

University of Iowa Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The University of Iowa is offering ten NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities during the summer of 2020. Research projects span a range of topics, including evolution of behavior, origin of species, cancer evolution, evolution of sex, evo-devo, and paleontology. REU students work on one project, but through interactions with their cohort ultimately receive a broad exposure to evolutionary science. As part of the program, students: receive training in research best practices, participate in career workshops, create a digital exhibit based on their research for the University of Iowa Natural History Museum, and make formal research presentations based on their work. Free
housing, a meal allowance, a $6000 stipend, and a travel allowance will be provided to all participants. Students from underrepresented minority groups and/or who have limited research opportunities at their home institution are especially encouraged to apply.

The REU program website and application form can be found here:

If you have questions, contact Andrew Forbes ([email protected])
or Maurine Neiman ([email protected]).

NYSCF Summer Internship Program

Each year, approximately twenty diverse, high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students are selected to work in New York City as part of the NYSCF Summer Internship Program, or NYSCF University, a ten week unique summer enrichment internship program that provides students a rare glimpse into the fast-paced world of stem cell research, insight into life at an entrepreneurial nonprofit research institute, exposure to career opportunities in science, and connections to valuable professional and peer networks.

Participants have the opportunity to gain direct experience with stem cells and science through joining one of three program tracks:

  • Laboratory interns conduct project-based research in the NYSCF Research Institute under the guidance of a NYSCF scientist. Interns receive projects that align with their disease area interests.
  • Engineering interns work closely with our hardware and software engineers on projects to optimize the NYSCF Global Stem Cell Array, our automated system of robots that produce induced pluripotent stem cell lines.
  • Programs interns can join one of the teams at the office headquarters, which range from business development to communications and government relations, to external affairs, among others. This is an administrative position.

The 2020 program will run from June 1, 2020 – August 7, 2020.

Applications are due February 17, 2020 at 5:00pm Eastern.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program through the University of Maine Initiative for One Health and the Environment

The University of Maine Initiative for One Health and the Environment is excited to announce an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for summer 2020. This fully paid summer program will focus on Accelerating New Environmental Workskills (REU ANEW). From June 1 to August
8, 2020, we will invite 10 motivated undergraduate students to join faculty and graduate students to conduct cutting-edge research at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health.

REU ANEW students will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty research mentors, as well as Broader Impacts mentors who are working in the field to apply. One Health research to real world problems. Through the program, students will develop critical research and thinking skills that are directly
relevant to future career success, and build lasting professional relationships with their undergraduate peers, graduate students, and faculty and broader impacts mentors. All REU participants will receive a
generous stipend and living expenses, including partial travel expenses and housing at the University of Maine in Orono.

This year, several faculty mentors have projects of potential interest to students studying evolutionary biology, including research into the genetic basis for disease in wild and domestic animals, host-pathogen co-evolution, and adaptation to other environmental stressors.

For more information about these projects and several others, and to apply, visit https://nsfa.umaine.edu/one-health/REU.

Students should apply by January 31 for full consideration.  Direct any questions you have about the program or the application process to [email protected].

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Samuel & Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is pleased to announce our 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program is now accepting applications!  The SURF program provides full-time research opportunities at the University of Michigan for 30 talented undergraduate students interested in cardiovascular research and medicine.  The program starts Tuesday, May 26, 2020 and lasts 10 weeks, ending the first week of August.

Each fellow will be matched to a laboratory led by a FCVC faculty member and participate in nationally recognized research in areas such as atherosclerosis, genetic cardiomyopathies, blood clotting disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, vascular biology, and heart failure.

We ask that you please forward this information to excellent undergraduate students interested in research, especially those that might be interested in pursuing biomedical research as a part of their long-term career plans.  This a highly competitive program drawing students from across the country.  To access the application, click here, or visit our website at https://tinyurl.com/fcvcsurf

The application deadline is Friday, January 31, 2020.

For questions, please visit https://tinyurl.com/fcvcsurf, or email [email protected].

Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean Research Experience for Undergraduates at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

A 10 week Immersion in Direct Research from May 26- July 31, 2020

NSF-REU program at Bigelow Laboratory invites undergraduates in their sophomore year or later to apply. Students will each be paired with a scientist mentor to conduct hands-on independent research projects. Successful applicants will receive a modest stipend of $600/wk for 10 weeks, a food and housing allowance, and support for travel and supplies during the session.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is a center for global ocean research. Our focus ranges from microbial oceanography to large-scale processes that drive interactions between ocean ecosystems and the global environment. Research includes the marine microbial food web, ocean biochemistry, optical oceanography, remote sensing, sensory biology, climate change, and fisheries oceanography.

This year we have 15-20 positions available for the REU program.  Students are individually paired with mentor in labs containing post-docs, graduate students and technicians.  Projects are designed to provide guided individual research opportunities where students experience the successes and setbacks of a real science project.  At the end of the program, many of the students are funded to present their data at a national science meeting.

Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Applications from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged.

Additional REU program information and application materials are available at www.bigelow.org/education/REU.

Contact David Fields at [email protected] or call (207) 315-2567 for more information.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

This program offers undergraduate students opportunities to:

☆ Carry out a research project in biology
☆ Work closely with a faculty mentor & research group
☆ Develop laboratory skills
☆ Explore career pathways in science
☆ Exchange ideas with students and faculty at weekly workshops
☆ Participate in fields trips, including a retreat at Nantucket Field Station

Program Dates: June 8 to Aug 14, 2020

Location: The UMass Boston campus is south of downtown on a peninsula extending into scenic Boston Harbor.

Stipend: Participants receive a stipend of $6,000, plus a housing and food allowance of $3,300. (Travel costs are also subsidized.)

Who is eligible?

• US citizens and permanent residents.
• Undergraduate students who have completed at least 1 semester of biology.

Research Topics: Biodiversity Genomics, Cell Signaling, Developmental Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Gene Regulation, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Biology, Population Biology, Meiosis Regulation, Marine Biology

How to Apply: For more information and to apply, go to www.reu.umb.edu

Or contact: Claudia Heske, Program Manager, 617-287-6649   [email protected]

Deadline: Completed applications are due Feb 3, 2020

Underrepresented minorities & students from primarily undergraduate institutions are especially encouraged to apply.

MDI Biological Laboratories Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Application Deadline: February 14, 2020
Program dates: May 31 – August 8, 2020
MDI Biological Laboratory
Bar Harbor, Maine

The MDI Biological Laboratory’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program aims to engage students in scientific explorations in the Laboratory’s focus area, comparative regenerative biology, while providing them with opportunities to build skills important to successful careers in the biological sciences. For 10 weeks, each REU student will conduct independent research under the mentorship of a research scientist while having access to state-of-the-art research laboratories and core facilities and support staff.

  • Open to US citizen undergraduates anywhere in the United States and U.S. Territories who do not have prior undergraduate degrees and are eligible for fellowships.
  • Students from underserved populations are encouraged to apply.
  • Competitive applicants should have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.
  • Students must be aiming for careers in research.
  • Students enrolled in non-research-intensive colleges, universities, and community colleges are highly encouraged to apply.
  • All REU Fellows will carry out their research onsite at the MDI Biological Laboratory.
  • All REU fellows participate in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and ethics training.
  • REU Fellows receive some travel assistance, housing, meal plans, and stipends.

View our brochure hereLearn More and Apply Today!

Summer Scholars Program at the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research (Kansas City, MO).

Each student participating in the Stowers Summer Scholars Program works on an independent research project under the direction of a principal investigator. The program offers Stowers Scholars the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic for a full-time eight-week period. Topics include chromatin and regulation of gene expression; chromosome structure and cell division; computational biology, modeling and technology; developmental genetics and cell biology; developmental neuroscience; and stem cells and regeneration.

Scholars have opportunities to interact and collaborate with other members of their laboratory and the Stowers community as a whole. In this way, Scholars experience not only the intellectual but also the collaborative spirit of research. In addition, Scholars have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest techniques in laboratories and supporting core centers, which are equipped with the most advanced technology.


The Stowers Summer Scholars Program requires an eight-week commitment during the summer. Stowers Scholars spend the majority of their time in the laboratory. There they work on a research project while receiving guidance and supervision from the laboratory head or a senior member of the lab. All Scholars are required to attend weekly scientific seminars on an array of research topics. Other activities include a weekly lunch where Scholars can share ideas and discuss individual projects and experiments. At the completion of the program, Scholars present their work in an All-Institute poster session.

Along with the scientific/research aspect of our program, all-Scholar social events are planned for the summer of 2019, including visits to Worlds of Fun/ Oceans of Fun, a Royals baseball game, Escape room team building, and tours of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Movie nights and social meetings are also planned.


To be considered for the program, candidates should have completed one year of undergraduate studies with at least a 3.0 GPA (for international applicants, see our FAQs section). They should be enrolled in or just graduated from a degree-granting program in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, chemistry, physics, computing, engineering, mathematics, or a related field. Applicants who are currently enrolled in an MD or PhD program or will begin an MD or PhD program in Fall 2019 are not eligible. Previous Scholars are eligible. All Scholars must be 18 years of age or older prior to their start date.

Allowances and Amenities

Each Stowers Scholar receives a $4,000 stipend for the 8-week program and, if requested, is provided accommodations near campus. Round-trip travel between Kansas City and school is provided at the beginning and end of the program. (For those no longer in school, round trip will be from permanent residence.) The Stowers Institute assists International Scholars with their visa application.

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research boasts a beautiful campus, a cafeteria, gym facilities, and an espresso bar. Amongst other things, Kansas City is well known for its barbecue, an expansive farmer’s market, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, which are within walking distance from the Institute. Summer festivals include a Shakespeare in the Park, First Fridays (art galleries downtown are open to the public), Memorial Day symphony concert, and more.

Program Dates

The program requires a full-time eight-week commitment from June 8 – July 31, 2020. (Accommodations in dates may be made to accommodate academic calendars.)

Application Notification

All applicants will be contacted by e-mail whether or not they are selected for the Stowers Summer Scholars Program. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis from February through April 15, 2010.

Free application open until February 3, 2020! https://www.stowers.org/gradschool/scholars

Microbial Friends & Foes Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program at Cornell University

The Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions and Disease (CIHMID) is accepting applications for the NSF-funded Microbial Friends & Foes Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program (bit.ly/REU-CIHMID).  Applications are due February 1, 2020.

The Microbial Friends & Foes Program will take place from June 8 to August 14, 2020.  The program will provide training in the concepts and experimental approaches central to understanding microbial interactions with eukaryotic hosts.  Students will learn about broad diversity of microbe-eukaryote interactions through conducting independent research projects, participation in weekly research group meetings, seminars presented by CIHMID faculty, Microbial Friends & Foes Synthesis Panels, CIHMID Summer Symposium, and Microbial Friends & Foes Poster Session. Emphasis will be placed on appreciation of the scientific method and developing effective strategies for conducting research as well as on the synthesis of concepts important to interspecific interactions across diverse systems.  In addition, workshops in electronic database literacy, science citation software, research ethics, science communication, and planning for graduate study will be offered to the Microbial Friends & Foes program participants. Students will receive a stipend of $6000, travel subsidy, meal allowance and on-campus housing.  Applicants will be asked to identify 3 laboratories of interest, and will be selected in a two-step review process by the program organizers and potential mentors. More information can be found at bit.ly/REU-CIHMID.


*All undergraduate students interested in understanding microbial interactions with eukaryotic hosts.

*Members of minorities underrepresented in science, undergraduates from small colleges, and first-generation college students.

*Applicants must be United Stated citizens or permanent residents and at least 18 years old.


Shoals Marine Lab

This is a summer field opportunities for Colby students at Shoals Marine Lab.

Shoals Marine Lab (SML) is a summer institute and field station jointly run by Cornell and the University of New Hampshire on Appledore Island, Maine, offering summer courses and internships for undergraduates (https://www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/). Here are 3 things to know about SML:

  1. SML offers a diversity credit courses each summer that provide field-based experiences you can’t find on campus. SML’s summer schedule is available now and pre-registration is open! View courses here: www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/courses/undergrad
  2. SML offers scholarships and student staff positions to offset the cost of tuition. Students enrolling in two or more courses also receive Multi-course Scholarships up to $3,000! View financial support and scholarship info here: www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/financial-support-scholarshipsMerit scholarship applications are due March 1!
  3. Research Apprenticeships and Research Internships at SML immerse students in the lab and field, with mentorship from faculty in SML’s research community. View research opportunities here: www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/student-research-internshipsInternship applications are also due March 1!

To learn more, click here.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Thank you for your interest in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, also known as DDCSP.

More than ever, organizations and government agencies that work to conserve land, water and wildlife need to attract and employ individuals from racial and ethnic groups that are largely absent in today’s conservation workforce. Launched by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in 2013, DDCSP responds to this need by increasing the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who choose to pursue coursework and careers in conservation.

In this highly selective multi-year undergraduate research program, students will:

  • Experience extraordinary places such as the Grand Canyon, the Cascade Mountains, the California coast, the Everglades and the Great Lakes
  • Conduct research with and be mentored by leading academics in the conservation field
  • Build valuable research and leadership skills
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of land, water and wildlife conservation issues and challenges
  • Be exposed to exciting career options in the conservation field
  • Meet leading conservation thinkers and professionals of color
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the value of diversity
  • Form lifelong bonds with peers from across the country
  • Become a part of a growing lifetime network of Scholars

Whether you already have a passion for nature, or are driven to increase the diversity of students and professionals in the conservation field, we hope you will learn more and consider applying to be a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar.

DDCSP is administered by five universities:  Northern Arizona University, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of Florida, University of Michigan and University of Washington. With the exception of the program administered by the University of Florida, all DDCSP sites recruit students nationwide to participate in DDCSP.  The University of Florida partners with Cornell University, North Carolina State University, University of Arizona and University of Idaho to serve students recruited from those five institutions.

We encourage potential applicants to take a look at all five programs, as offerings and activity locations differ across DDCSP sites. For more information about the offerings at each DDCSP site, and to apply, please click on the links below. If you have questions, please contact the designated representatives listed on each university’s DDCSP webpage. Thanks again for your interest in DDCSP!

Link to DDCSP site with links to the five programs

Maine Natural Areas (Field Ecology)

Questions may be directed to Kristen Puryear, 207-287-8043[email protected]

Website: link

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates in the Biological Sciences

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.

Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.