Student Opportunities

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Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Graduate Student Opportunities

Undergraduate Opportunities

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2018 Summer Session at the Flathead Lake Bio Station in Montana

Summer Courses

Applications continue to be accepted through Midnight MDT on May 11, 2018.

About Our Program

Our academic session is a rigorous rewarding field ecology experience. We emphasize hands‐on learning outside under the open sky. The summer academic courses substitute for required or elective courses in many college degree plans. By gaining real field experience in a research and education environment, you will be more competitive for graduate school or your next job. These courses are also great for professionals looking to upgrade their basic training. All courses involve field trips to Flathead Basin area sites including Glacier National Park. Direct observation of biota and ecological processes is emphasized and hiking, boating and outdoor field activities are the norm. Most classes involve overnight camping, often in backcountry settings.

A Legacy of Ecological Education—Flathead Lake Biological Station opened for students and researchers in 1899. The Station is located on the east shore of Flathead Lake, about 85 miles north of Missoula, MT. During your stay, you can expect to meet a diverse group of people in an atmosphere of scholarly fun. You will be one of about 40 students living in cabins.

Summer Session Courses at the Flathead Lake Biological Station Courses carry undergraduate semester credits at the 300 or 400 levels and graduate credit at the 400 level or may be taken on an audit basis. Taking a full load of 12–13 credits over the 8‐week session is a great way to accelerate fulfilling graduation requirements. Formal admission to the University of Montana (UM) is not required. Official OR unofficial transcripts are required for UM and non‐UM students.  Credits earned at FLBS are transferable to UM degree plans in Wildlife, EVST, Field Ecology and Biological Sciences and also to degree programs at most colleges and universities. Transferring credits to another institution simply requires completion of a Transcript Request Form.


Numerous academic scholarships are available for U.S. and non‐U.S.  Students who apply to the summer academic program. Completed scholarship applications are due by Midnight MDT on APRIL 2, 2018.

Summer Session Application

Apply for 1 or up to 5 classes online at

For more information: FLBS Summer Session Brochure 2018


Cornell University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Graduate School Program

Description: Come do a Ph.D. at Cornell! The EEB department is an inclusive and welcoming group of students, faculty, post-docs, and staff, doing cutting edge research across the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology.


Contact: Erin Larson (

The University of Michigan – Ecology & Evolutionary Biology & THe School For environment & Sustainability 

Graduate School Program

Description: EEB; PhD Program; Frontiers Program; Traditional Program


M.S in Natural Resources and Environment

  • Behavior, Education, and Communication
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Environmental Informatics: GIS and Modeling
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Sustainable Systems

Dual Degrees

  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Urban Planning
  • Law

Master of Landscape Architecture

PhD in Natural Resources and Environment

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

School for Environment & Sustainability.

Contact: Jung Koral (

Dartmouth College

Graduate School Opportunity

Description: This table will introduce interested students to the graduate program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society (EEES) at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The EEES program is a new vision for scholarship, education, and service by students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. We are a diverse community of scholars who conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research in the natural sciences and environmental studies, including ecology, evolution, anthropology, environmental economics, geography and earth sciences. Our program balances the study of traditional paradigms and theory with the practical applications of science that are necessary in the Anthropocene. We are looking for interested students to join us!!


Contact: Kathy Cottingham (

Long Term Ecological Research (LTER)

Internship: Research Experience for Undergraduates at LTER Sites across the U.S.


  1.  Harvard Forest: The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, wildlife dynamics, and species diversity. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, atmosphere-biosphere exchanges, landscape modeling, and data provenance.
  2. HJ Andrews: Students will work on interdisciplinary teams to undertake research in compelling and complex resource management issues involving land use change, climate change, water, forests, streams, wildfire, and endangered species. Through this integrated research and education, effective mentoring, and hands-on field and analytical experience, participants will gain the foundation and opportunities to develop and seek support for their own graduate program, as well as the training to become outstanding interdisciplinary scientists and effective contributors to Eco-Informatics science.
  3. Sevilleta: This interdisciplinary REU Site Program at the Sevilleta LTER in central New Mexico will train undergraduate students who will conduct independent research under the guidance of UNM faculty in Biology, Ecology, and Earth and Planetary Sciences. Students will have numerous opportunities to share ideas and explore issues within and across disciplines. The program’s goal is to increase exposure to a large, multidisciplinary research program, inspire students to continue into professional careers, and prepare students for the rigors of graduate school, professional research, and responsible citizenship. The program exemplifies the integration of research and education. As students conduct research, they will learn how to be a scientist, along with many technical, methodological and ethical issues that arise in scientific research.
  4. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: The Translational Ecology for Undergraduate program gives 10 students an intensive summer research experience in ecology. Students work with mentors on cutting edge topics of their choice while developing autonomy. They also engage in enrichment activities designed to foster critical reflection about science and its linkages to society. Projects for 2017 will examine: lakes in a changing global environment, ecological change in the Sky Lakes on the Shawangunk Ridge, the Hudson River and climate change, soil nutrient cycling in forests, ecosystem regulation of mosquitoes. Other projects will be added to this list in the near future.


Contact: Manisha Patel (


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Graduate Opportunities

Graduate Fellowships

Search Portable Graduate Fellowships (deadlines opening soon for academic year 2017-2018 funding)

View webinar archives and resources library pages for tips on finding and applying to programs:

Ridge to Reef graduate training opportunity at UC Irvine

Apply for Fall 2018 Admission! The Ridge to Reef program at UC Irvine is soliciting applications for Fall 2018 admission. R2R is a new National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) designed to train the next generation of scholars to solve environmental problems affecting terrestrial, freshwater, marine, and urban ecosystems from the mountains to the coastal ocean.

Program features:

  • Training for diverse careers in environmental science and management
  • Open to Masters or PhD students at UC Irvine working on environmental problems anywhere along the ridge to reef continuum
  • Research partnerships with non-profits, agencies, and industry
  • Interact with a broad range of faculty, student colleagues, and practitioners
  • Fellowship opportunities for PhD students ($34,000/yr + tuition/fees)

Training program:

  • Core courses in communication, policy, and ecosystem management
  • Summer short courses and research orientation
  • Problem-based seminar in environmental solutions
  • Community engagement opportunities
  • Internship experience with partner organizations
  • Career skills workshops

For R2R admission, please apply to the UCI graduate program of your choice (e.g. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Earth System Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering) and identify R2R in your Statement of Purpose. Students from diverse backgrounds and those traditionally underrepresented in environmental fields are especially encouraged to apply.

Questions? Contact R2R Director, Dr. Steven Allison, at or visit for more information.

Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Solicitation 1.  Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

 Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:

 The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories/facilities. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory/facility during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2018 Solicitation 1 cycle, for project periods beginning anytime between October 29, 2018 and March 4, 2019.

Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 300 graduate awardees from more than 100 different universities to conduct thesis research at 17 DOE national laboratories across the nation.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories/facilities, and program administration support is provided by the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).


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