Ecology, Evolution & Behavior

Students on the tundraA program funded by the National Science Foundation.

A unique opportunity providing experience in field research in a dramatic mountain setting in the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies, anticipated to run from early June  to mid August 2018.

Funding for the 2018 summer program is dependent on renewal of funding from the National Science Foundation - we should know by January or February of 2018 if the program will run.  At this time we are accepting applications for the 2018 summer program in case we get funding, but of course funding is not guaranteed and the program may not run.  However if we are funded the review and offer process is likely to go on through the end of March.

The University of Colorado Research Experiences for Undergraduates program provides students with the opportunity to participate in research projects at the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station. More information about the University of Colorado REU program, the faculty involved, the host site, and the application process can be found in these pages. Student participants will be housed at the Mountain Research Station. Participants will live in cabins at the station through the summer, offering an opportunity for participation in a unique, focused, research program.

Meals and Housing at the Mountain Research Station are provided, and participants will be paid a stipend for the 10-week program.

Program Goals

  • To train promising undergraduate students in modern research methods in the related disciplines of ecology, evolution and behavior using mentored independent research 
  • To encourage undergraduate students, especially members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences and those with little or no exposure to research opportunities, to enter graduate school in the biological sciences.

(Please note that this program is not intended for pre-medical students)

To this end, the participating faculty are committed to significantly involving undergraduate students in their research, to interacting with undergraduates at both a professional and personal level, and to introducing undergraduates to research in ways that will encourage them to pursue a career in biological research focusing on ecology and evolutionary biology.

More detailed information on the program and the application can be found on their website

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