Monday, January 22, 2018

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at Mountain Lake Biological Station

The focus of scientific research at MLBS, and therefore of the REU program, is population biology at the intersection of field-based studies of ecology, evolution, and behavior. Student researchers work closely with researcher mentors in compatible areas of interest. Students take leadership roles in all aspects of the study; they design the study and prepare the proposal, collect data and perform analysis, and finally they interpret the results and prepare a written and oral presentation. Compared to many other REU programs, ours offers a high degree of independence in project choice and design. 

Mountain Lake is also special in its exciting, diverse, and friendly academic community. This atmosphere fosters collaboration at all levels, and promotes the constant exchange of ideas with fellow students and scientists. Many projects are submitted for publication in leading biological journals. Students also participate in a weekly seminar about the conduct of biological research. REU participants have access to state-of-the-art facilities and are granted full use of all Station scientific and computer equipment. English is used throughout the program.

The MLBS REU program provides participants with take home a stipend of $5,500. It also covers all room and board expenses and has a project and travel budget. UVA's "Campers Accidental Coverage" provides limited health insurance coverage. 

Application deadline is February 20th. 
Program dates: May 28 - August 3
For more information or to apply, please visit:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

National Weather Service - 2018 Summer College Student Volunteer Program

The Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office of the National Weather Service is now accepting applications for volunteer college students for the summer of 2018.  Students interested in this program must be pursuing a degree in meteorology or a related science (such as climatology, atmospheric science, etc.).

Our competitive program provides students with the experience of performing a mentored meteorological/hydrological research project while assisting in operations at a NWS forecast office. Each chosen student will present a briefing of his/her research towards the end of the summer. Please see below for more information about our program.

College students wishing to apply to the NWS Sterling volunteer program must submit ALL of the following before the deadline of Monday, January 29th:

If your college or university will only mail official transcripts, please have them sent to:
National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office Baltimore/Washington
Attn: Jason Elliott
43858 Weather Service Rd
Sterling, VA 20166

We hope to make selections for this summer's volunteers by the end of February.

More About Our Student Volunteer Program

Mandatory Student Volunteer Duties while at NWS Baltimore/Washington include:

  • Volunteer approximately 16-24 hours per week on a set schedule
  • Work on an assigned research project with a NWS meteorologist
  • Submit summer research results to the 2018 National Weather Association annual conference, which will be held August 25-30 in St. Louis, MO.

(Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to attend the conference to present their work.)

For more information or to apply, please visit:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Summer Research Internships in Plant Biology at the Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University and the USDA

Undergraduate and high school summer internships at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), Cornell University, and the USDA provide an excellent opportunity to gain research experience and explore if a scientific career is right for you. Currently we offer positions to outstanding students interested in plant genome research, bioinformatics and science communications.

Applications are accepted annually from November until the first Friday of February (February 2, 2018). Accepted students join an international community of scientists and students in the pursuit of scientific discovery, learn valuable research skills, and attend seminars and workshops to learn from leaders in these fields.

Plant Genome Research Program Internship (NSF REU)
Undergraduate and high school students participate in the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) summer internship program and learn how basic plant research can be applied to protect the environment, enhance human health, and improve agriculture. PGRP interns gain knowledge of plant genomics and scientific research by working closely with scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in a laboratory setting. PGRP interns learn the latest molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics tools while working on a supervised, independent research project within the framework of the assigned laboratory’s research program. More information can be found under Program Info (& FAQ) page.

Bioinformatics Internship (NSF REU)
At BTI, molecular biologists and computer scientists are working together at the forefront of biological discovery to solve real world problems. With novel technologies, researchers can now access entire genome sequences, and the details of the proteome, transcriptome, and metabolome of many organisms, to better understand biological systems and interactions. Though information-rich, the size and complexity of these data sets pose new challenges for scientists and society. The growing field of bioinformatics addresses these challenges.

Bioinformatics interns will focus on data analysis and developing computational tools and resources to store, analyze, and integrate large-scale “omics” data sets. The program offers a unique training in genome research, computer programming, and systems biology. Students applying for these internships should have some prior experience with computer programming, biology, and a demonstrated interest in the subject. Interested undergraduate students should apply through the Plant Genome Research Program application link.

For more information or to apply, please visit:

Institute for Energy and Environment (IExE) Research Experience for undergraduates at Drexel University

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is an experiential course which provides experiential learning research opportunities to students and their faculty advisors from institutions that do not typically offer research experiences to undergraduate students, with a particular emphasis on under-represented minority groups.  Fellows will learn the benefits of experiential learning through hands-on research projects, active discussion and feedback, reflection of pursuits, and awareness of how their effort fits into the broader scientific and engineering challenges associated with energy and the environment.

The Institute for Energy and Environment (IExE) REU program consists of an intensive eight-week summer research experience in which each student will work closely with a faculty mentor and their research group within the energy and the environment team on a specific research problem. Participating students will develop key learning and working skills that will serve them throughout their careers. These include:

  • Research problem identification, critical literature review, and hypothesis development
  • Research plan design and implementation
  • Research techniques, including new methods and/or skills
  • Results dissemination in both written and oral form

In addition to research, IExE REU participants will participate in a range of activities (Schedule subject to minor modifications).

The 2018 IExE REU program will run from June 18 - August 10, 2018. Women, minorities, and students with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is rollling and review will continue until all spots have been filled.

For more information or to apply, please visit:

Population Biology of Infectious Diseases Research Program at University of Georgia

The Population Biology of Infectious Diseases REU Site at the University of Georgia is a nine-week NSF-funded program to provide students from across the country with research experiences at the intersections of quantitative and experimental studies in infectious disease biology. The goal of this program is to catalyze a new generation of inter-disciplinary infectious disease science by introducing life science students to computational and mathematical techniques and to provide students in mathematics, statistics, and computer science opportunities to collaborate with life scientists, to collect and analyze data, and to develop empirically-motivated research. Students may develop projects that emphasize experimentation, computational or mathematical modeling, or a synthesis project combining empirical research and modeling.

For more information and an application, visit our website at

Application deadline is February 20th, 2018.