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Undergraduate research and field opportunities

University of Southern California

Wrigley Institute Research Experiences for Undergraduates in geobiology and marine population dynamics program

CLIMB - Colorado Leaders, Interns, Mentors in Business

CLIMB offers internships to 40 students in Denver during the summer o 2008. The students live together in completely subsidized downtown high rise housing with other students from MIT, Stanford, Yale, and Middlebury. The sutdents will also have about 2 events per week with community leaders, and each is paired with a mentor.

Summer Jobs on Cape Cod in 2008

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve & Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation offers a range of positions for the summer of 2008 ni Falmouth and Mashpee, Massachusetts.

State Public Interest Research Groups (the state PIRGS) are a nation-wide network of state-based public interest advocacy groups.

PIRGS hires graduating college students to work on a variety of projects including: solutions to our energy problems, protecting our national forests, campaign finance reform, clean air, protecting individuals from identity theft.

ANAI in Costa Rica

The ANAI website lists volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica. ANAI's main projects include maintaining a nature reserve and crop experimentation site, sea turtle conservation, and bird conservation.

Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Summer Field Courses in Marine Science

BBSR runs interesting summer field programs in marine science and oceanography. Some volunteer internship possibilities. Undergraduate research funded by NSF.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Courses at upper undergraduate level/graduate level — application deadlines vary.

University of California, Irvine Research Experience for Undergraduates in Biogeochemistry and Climate Change

Review website for complete program description and requirements.

University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, Science Summer School

The summer program offers a program of interdisciplinary study in the sciences. (July 13-August 2, 2008) Check website for application and deadline information.

Clarkson University Summer Research Opportunities

Summer research in environmental sciences and engineering for undergraduates. Sponsored by National Science Foundation. March 1, 2008 deadline.

University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Studies

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sponsored by the NSF in marine science. Go to website for application information and full program description.

Organization for Tropical Studies

Study aboad during academic year and summer in such locations as Costa Rica and South Africa.

Ecological Society of America's SEEDS Program

Year-long independent research experience for undergraduates under sponsorship of mentor scientist. Intended for underrepresented undergraduate students interested in ecological sciences.

Environmental Careers Organization (ECO)

National non-profit organization that places college students and recent graduates in paid environmental internships across the country.

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)

International student exchange program for students in technical fields. Full details are available on website. Participants are paid by employers who participate in program.

Institute of Ecosystem Studies Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research experience for Undergraduates (REU) . Conduct research in ecology at established research site. Stipend + housing. Program dates: May 17-August 15, 2008. Application deadline February 15, 2008.

MIT Center for Space Research/Chandra summer employment

Work with high school students in two-week summer educational program in astrophysics. Located at MIT.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Summer Internship Program

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute is a world center for research and education in ocean science and technology. Internships are available. See website for full description. Program dates: June 16-AugustApplications due February 22, 2008

Nasa Planetary Biology Internship Program — Biological Discovery in Woods Hole

Graduate students may apply for internships in planetary biological science at NASA and universities. Deadline: March 3, 2008.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) internships

Oak Ridge is a U.S. Department of Energy contractor that conducts research on such topics as environmental clean-up, health risks, national security and emergency preparedness, etc. Internships are offered at various federal facilities in U.S. and Europe. U.S. citizens only. This following webpage provides undergraduate opportunities: http://see.orau.org/AcademicStatus.aspx?type=Undergrad

University of Oregon Summer Program for Undergraduate Research

Summer research opportunities in a variety of life science fields. Note that there is no application deadline, but acceptance offers begin to be made by end of February. Space is very limited. Check site for specific opportunities.

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Research Experience for Undergraduates

10- week summer research opportunity for undergraduates interested in biological sciences. 10 REU awards providing stipend, travel, and living expenses are awarded. Recipients required to spend full 10 weeks on site in Check site for more information and deadlines.

School for Field Studies

Undergraduate semester and summer programs with academic credit through Boston University. Programs in Kenya, Australia, Costa Rica, Turks and Caicos and Mexico.

Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research project, summer internships

Sevilleta LTR is an ecological research project funded by the NSF located 80km south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Check site for current opportunities.

Shortgrass Stepp Long Term Ecological Research Project

Undergraduate research opportunity (check site). Current research includes experiments on plant and animal populations, plant/animal interactions, biogeochemical interactions, disturbance dynamics, water and energy dynamics, and paleoecology.

Svalbard Research Experience for Undergraduates

Opportunity for undergraduates to participate in polar science research projects in Svalbard, Norway.

Sigma Xi

Website contains a wealth of information. Sigma Xi sponsors student conference with opportunity for undergraduates to present their research findings. Good links to other sites.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Internship Program

Undergraduate opportunities in fields of environmental research and education. Website lists 2004 intern projects: global change, landscape ecology, ecology of coastal systems, population and community ecology, environmental engineering, and environmental education.

More Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study

This is the Smithsonian's main source of information on ALL internships they offer.

Student Conservation Association (SCA) Conservation Career Development Program (CCDP)

SCA-sponsored internships (paid)

University of Toledo Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Univerisity of Toledo offers a Research Experience for Undergraduates with NSF sponsorship. Possibility of work in a variety of environmental disciplines.

USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies (Catalina)

USC Catalina semester for undergraduates. Focuses on microbial world with emphasis on geobiology. Cuorses are taught at Wrigley Marine Science Laboratury on Catalina Island.

Operation Wallacea

Operation Wallacea is a scientific research and conservation organization based in the United Kingdom. Conducts biodiversity monitoring and research activities in places including Sulawasi, Indonesia and Honduras. Volunteer opportunities.

Great Lakes Water Institute (University of Wisconsin/NSF)

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in fields of aquatic science. (check back for 2008 application and information)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Summer Student Fellowship Program

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute is the world's largest non-profit ocean research, engineering, and educational organization. This site contains information for specifically for undergraduates. WHOI offers summer research fellowships to students who have completed junior or senior year in college or university.

Woods Hole - Sea Semester

Sea Education Association Programs (SEA) provide interdisciplinary view of the oceans. Hands-on oceanographic research while learning how to operate sea-going research ship. On-land classroom component prior to voyage. Full semester and summer options are offered.

Co-op/Internship Opportunities in Ecology, Animal & Plant Biology, and Marine Science

This website contains a variety of coop and internshiplistings culled from many websites. Deadlines: various, depending on listing.

A Guide to Summer Research Opportunities for Students in Science and Engineering (Yale University site)

This website lists quite a few undergraduate research opportunities in biology — opportunities are compiled from many sources and are by no means limited to the Southern United States.

Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University

Lists a variety of summer internship opportunities.

NSF-Sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduates through its REU Sites program. This website lists these research opportunities by subject area.

Student Conservation Association (SCA) website

A wealth of information here, including internships in a variety of fields. Conservation crews and urban initiatives.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at MIT

This site gives complete information about finding a UROP at MIT. Current listings are included under the sidebar "Explore."