Summer Education Program/REU

REU, Independent Research, and Research Interns

Our program has three tracks which target students at different points in their education. The tracks differ in the degree of independence students experience when conducting research. We encourage students of all backgrounds and with varying levels of experience to apply to each of the tracks. We review applications, choose a group of students that comprises a diverse mix, and place students in the program that best fits their experience. Approximately twenty students will be in each independent research track.  In addition, a few research interns will be accepted.  All three programs run concurrently during the ten-week session from June 8 -August 15, 2020. Some students may be asked to arrive earlier or stay later if necessary for their particular project; start and end dates are flexible. However, students are expected to stay at RMBL for 10 weeks, regardless of start date.

Full-time Independent Research  (with Senior Thesis Option) – 10 credits.
This program targets students who wish to conduct a full-time independent research project in field biology. Applicants may be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduates of an undergraduate program, or may be early in their graduate career. Students conduct independent research under the supervision of RMBL scientists. During the summer, students will work with their mentors to develop a testable hypothesis, gather data, analyze the data, and produce a written and oral report by the end of the program. They will work approximately 40 hours a week on their projects, in addition to attending biweekly discussions or workshops and a weekly seminar series. Students wishing to turn their research into a senior thesis should contact the Research and Education Manager to help coordinate with their home institution.

Field Ecology Students on Avery - photo by Kailen Mooney
Students on Avery Mountain – photo by Kailen Mooney

Independent Research and Course – 8 credits for independent research and 2 credits for the course.
This program targets students who are relatively new to field biology and who wish to combine independent research with a short course in either 1) Rocky Mountain Ecosystems or 2) Research Training in Wildlife Biology. For the first 4 weeks of the program students take the course for two days/week and conduct their independent research project for 3 days/week.  For the last six weeks, they only conduct their independent research.  Students conduct independent research under the supervision of RMBL scientist mentors. During the summer, students will work with their mentors to develop a testable hypothesis, gather data, analyze the data, and produce a written and oral report by the end of the program. They will work approximately 40 hours a week on their courses and projects, in addition to attending biweekly discussions or workshops and a weekly seminar series.  Under certain circumstances this research can become a senior thesis at the home institution of a student. Students wishing to turn their research into a senior thesis should contact the Research and Education Manager to help coordinate with their home institution.

Courses offered during summer 2020:

  1. Rocky Mountain Ecosystems
  2. Research Training in Wildlife Biology

Research Internship – No credit.
This track targets students who are new to field biology and wish to gain experience conducting research in the field.  Research interns will be a research assistant with a mentor and labgroup for 35 hours per week.  In addition, interns will participate in RMBL Educational enrichment activities, including discussions and seminars, for 5 hours per week. Scholarships, but not REU awards, are available to Research Interns.

REU Awards
This summer, 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 $5,750 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.

Mentors: A LIST OF POTENTIAL 2020 MENTORS AND PROJECTS IS POSTED HERE (last updated 11.25.19).