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Advanced Independent Research/REU (with Senior Thesis Option)

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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

This program is an excellent way to decide if a career in field biology is right for you. Independent Research offers intensive mountain field work and emphasizes individual research projects. You will interact with a variety of scientists and their research projects at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL).

Students will work with a mentor to develop a testable hypothesis, gather field data, analyze it and produce metadata, as well as a written and oral report. Students should have a sincere interest in a career in field biology research. Fieldwork is difficult, and often tedious. We are looking for students with the mental and intellectual maturity to commit to hard work. Accepted students have the option of turning their research into a Senior Thesis at their home institution.

This program runs for 10 weeks. Some students may be asked to arrive earlier or stay later if necessary for their particular research project. Students are expected to stay at RMBL for a full 10 weeks, regardless of starting date. Ten students will be funded from our National Science Foundation REU grant. An REU award pays $400 toward travel costs, pays a $5000 stipend, and covers expenses at RMBL including station fees, room, and board. We will judge the application and make awards based in part on financial need and on student motivation. We encourage participation by minorities currently underrepresented in biology.
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Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Ecology & Evolution
Genetics & Genomics
Plant Sciences

Animal Behavior & Learning
Climate Change
Community Ecology
Evolutionary Ecology
Freshwater Biology
Insect Ecology and Evolution
Invasive Plants
Plant Ecology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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