Undergraduate Research Opportunities
ECCB Undergraduate Research
Hands-on research experience is critically important for the future careers of undergraduate students in ecology and conservation biology. ECCB faculty provide a diverse array of undergraduate research opportunities for interested students. Students may also consult their ECCB course instructor. In most cases, students will participate in research and receive course credit (ECCB 491).
Some faculty may have paid research internship opportunities. Student interested in developing their own research projects under the supervision of an ECCB faculty member may be eligible for an undergraduate research mini-grant. ECCB will advertise the grant opportunities by email to all ECCB faculty and students when funding is available. Eligible students must be enrolled in ECCB 491 under their faculty mentor. Visit the research faculty directory to research ECCB faculty offering undergraduate research opportunities.
Students may also consult the ECCB course instructor. In most cases, students will participate in research and receive course credit (ECCB 491). Some faculty may also have paid research internship opportunities.
If students are interested in developing their own research projects under the supervision of ECCB faculty, ECCB provides undergraduate research mini-grants. A call for undergraduate research grant applications is emailed to all ECCB undergraduate students at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Eligible students must be enrolled in ECCB 491 under their faculty mentor.
Students working on independent undergraduate research under the supervision of an ECCB faculty mentor are eligible to participate in the University’s LAUNCH program. In this program, students work on an undergraduate thesis, typically during the senior year of their studies. Successful completion of an undergraduate thesis will be noted on the student’s diploma.
REU Research Opportunities
We offer undergraduate research opportunities through the department and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences REU program. The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is a grant-based summer program held by universities across the nation to enhance undergraduate participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research. For 10 weeks, REU students participate in real-world scientific investigations under the guidance of a faculty mentor and receive both a stipend and housing for the duration of the program.