Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

Our summer education program is centered on student research. Students are immersed in an active scientific community, with up to 160 scientists, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, staff, and family members living onsite. With this critical mass of ecologists in a single location, the scientific activity is on high speed all summer.

This summer, approximately 10 students will be accepted with REU Awards. Students receiving an REU award may participate in either full-time independent research or independent research/course, as described above. Students accepted through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program receive a $5,250 stipend, free room, board and travel. REU awards are restricted to students who are not only citizens or permanent residents of the United States, but also have not graduated from college before the dates of the program. Minorities underrepresented in the biological sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

February 15, 2016: REU Application Deadline

All applications require the submission of two Recommendations via our online Recommendation Form. It is the responsibility of applicants to give this link to their recommenders and make sure that they have plenty of time before the deadline to complete the form.

Cost
The cost of this program is $5,900 for research assistance, room, and board. Some students will pay the $5,900 fee, some will receive full or partial scholarships from RMBL or their home institution, and ten students will be funded by a National Science Foundation REU grant. An REU award pays $400 toward travel costs, pays a $5,250 stipend, and covers expenses at RMBL including station fees, room, and board. Students requiring assistance applying for funding from their home institution should contact the Science Director at sd@rmbl.org.

At least one year of college biology is recommended for students conducting independent research. No per-requisites are required for research interns. Any student 18 or older, who is interested in a career in field biology, is eligible to apply to this program. US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive RMBL full and partial scholarships. However, REU awards are restricted to students who are not only citizens or permanent residents of the United States, but also have not graduated from college before the dates of the program. The REU awards are for students who must work in the summer to pay for their education. We have offered this program since 1994, and it has been highly competitive, with more than 180 applicants annually for approximately ten REU positions. This year approximately 10 students will receive REU awards. RMBL also has a large selection of full and partial scholarships. All students applying for Financial Aid must complete the Financial Aid Form.

We encourage participation by minorities currently underrepresented in biology (defined by the National Science Foundation as Native Americans (including American Indians and Alaskan Natives), African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Pacific Islanders.

For more information please visit: http://www.rmbl.org/students/undergraduates-beyond/