Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

Summer 2020 Opportunities

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity - UTEP

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Department of Biological Sciences invites applicants for the NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity.  This is a 10 week summer program.  The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate students with experience in hypothesis-driven collaborative research utilizing field based and/or laboratory methods and fully engage students in projects associated with the ecology and evolution influencing Chihuahuan Desert biodiversity.


The program provides:

* High quality research experience in ecology and evolutionary biology in the field and/or lab * Research opportunities at the Indio Mountains Research Station (IMRS), a 40,000 acre facility controlled by UTEP and/or other Chihuahuan Desert field sites * One-on-one and group mentoring from active research faculty in multidisciplinary fields * Training in bioethics and other relevant professional skills

The program includes:

* $6000 stipend for 10 weeks

* Housing in shared apartments and field station

* Travel reimbursement of up to $600

For more information on the program, research projects or to apply please visit: http://science.utep.edu/cdb-reu/

Field Assistant in Evolutionary Biology

We are seeking a field assistant with an interest in fieldwork experience and evolutionary biology. The field assistant will collect data related to two PhD projects on ruff breeding and movement ecology in Finland. This research is a collaboration of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

(Germany) and the University of Oulu (Finland).


Ruffs are sexually dimorphic lekking waders with a fascinating mating system making them a classic model organism for evolutionary biologists. Ruff males have three Alternative Reproductive Tactics (ARTs), that is ruff males differ in morphology and reproductive behaviour to avoid direct competition. Part of our lab focuses on understanding the maintenance of these distinct ARTs on an evolutionary time scale. In order to do this, two PhD students are researching the wild demographics and male movement ecology of ruffs.


The position starts 27 April 2020 and requires a minimum stay of 2 months. The housing is in close proximity to the field-site, in the Liminganlahti area, about 1 hour away from Oulu, Finland.

In the first part of the field season, the field assistant will do regular lek observations, focusing on male courtship displays, mating events and lek visitations. The field assistant will also assist in the capture and radio-tagging of lekking males. As the season progresses, the field assistant will collect ruff nesting and chick survival data. Duties during the nesting phase will include nest searching, egg measurement and transport, female ruff capture, and nest protection. During the chick rearing phase, the field assistant will assist in radio tracking of ruff chicks, capture of tagged and untagged chicks and classification of chick mortality causes. He or she will also assist in establishing a network of solar powered automated tracking stations and its regular maintenance.

We will cover housing costs at the field-site and transportation from Munich. If eligible, the field assistant may apply for a living stipend through an Erasmus internship with the University of Oulu, otherwise we will cover essential living costs.

Acquire skills:

The field assistant will gain experience in handling, ringing, and blood sampling of live birds, as well as nest roping, specimen photography, artificial incubation, navigation with hand GPS and radio tracking of live birds.

Required skills:

The field assistant should be willing to work in harsh environmental conditions such as low and high temperatures, harsh winds, and high humidity. He or she should be able to work in the presence of biting insects and under variable/flexible schedules. The field assistant must be in good enough physical condition to walk several kilometres over muddy and uneven ground in a single day with a 10 ¡V 18 kg of equipment on their back. Finally, they should be meticulous in note taking and data recording.


If you are interested or have questions please contact: Hanna Algora

(halgora@orn.mpg.de) or James D.M. Tolliver (jtolliver@orn.mpg.de). When applying please include a short cover letter describing how you meet the position requirements and your CV/resume.

For further information about our research groups visit:



James D. M. Tolliver

IMPRS Doctoral Student

IMPRS Seewiesen Student


Research Group for Behavioural Genetics and Evolutionary Ecology

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology


5, room 05|0.17


82319 Seewiesen


E-mail: jtolliver@orn.mpg.de


8157 932-442

Mobile: 49 1525 1919036

Skype: tolliverjdm


Bat Research Technician - Indiana

The Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at Indiana State University is recruiting 3 Bat Field Technicians to assist a PhD candidate’s research on bat ecology in south-central Indiana. Research involves mist-netting to capture and tag bats, homing telemetry to locate diurnal roosts, characterizing roosting habitat (vegetation plots), and performing roost exit counts. Additional responsibilities include data entry and quantifying leaf area using software. Research will be conducted within the study areas of the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (http://www.heeforeststudy.org/) near Bloomington, Indiana.

Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation and Indiana State University

Bloomington, Indiana

Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions

Compensation is $1,050/month + housing provided at Yellowwood State Forest

Start/End Date

Last Date to Apply

3 technicians are needed to assist a PhD candidate’s research on bat ecology in south-central Indiana. Research involves mist-netting to capture and tag bats, homing telemetry to locate diurnal roosts, characterizing roosting habitat (vegetation plots), and performing roost exit counts. Additional responsibilities include data entry and quantifying leaf area using software. Research will be conducted within the study areas of the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (http://www.heeforeststudy.org/) near Bloomington, Indiana.
Work begins 18 May 2020 and is expected to end 14 August 2020 (start/end dates negotiable for excellent candidates).

To apply, send a single PDF or Word file including a brief cover letter highlighting interest and relevant experience, a resume, and contact information for 3 references to Brianne Walters at Brianne.Walters@indstate.edu. Please include "HEE Tech" in subject line for emails. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Required Qualifications
-Applicants should be enrolled in or have completed a BA or BS in Biology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology or related field.
-Ability to work alone and in groups
-Good physical condition for hiking and carrying up to 30 lbs.
-Must be able to take detailed and accurate field notes and record data according to protocol.
-Willing to work long, irregular hours, including weekends and nights, under varied and adverse conditions, including rugged terrain and dense brush where exposure to poison ivy and insects are inevitable.
-Must possess a valid driver's license.
-GPS, map reading, and orienteering skills.
- A good attitude, a sense of humor, and the ability to live and work well with others.

Preferred Qualifications
-Experience with radio-telemetry
-Because mist-netting is a large component of this project, candidates with rabies pre-exposure vaccinations will be given preference. All candidates wishing to handle bats are required to obtain rabies pre-exposure vaccinations or provide a recent titer check (from last 2 years).
-Familiarity with Midwestern tree identification.

Contact Person
Brianne Walters

Contact eMail


Modern Research Skills in Genome Editing and Analysis Course - UW-Madison

The UW-Madison Genetics department is offering a new summer course, Modern Research Skills in Genome Editing and Analysis, and we are opening it up to non-UW-Madison students. This course will have two sections: a lab, and a class. The lab section is designed around a CRISPR screen for genes involved in early development of zebrafish. The students will have hands-on opportunities to work with CRISPR-Cas9 and bioinformatic data, looking for off-target effects of CRISPR-Cas9. The class will be a series of guest lectures from the Genetics department, allowing the students to be exposed to a wide variety of topics and research. One of the overall goals of this class is to give non-UW-Madison students a chance to learn about the Genetics graduate program and network with professors in the department. More details can be found on this webpage, http://johnpool.net/SummerCourse.htm.


Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) has very exciting summer employment opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in teaching biology.

For decades, CTY’s summer programs have provided a fun and enriching experience for the most academically gifted elementary, middle, and high school students in the world.

Working with CTY in the summer can provide a great experience where you get to work with small classes of bright and motivated students, teaching interesting subjects from across science (biotechnology, anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, biomedical science, marine ecology, etc.). Positions are available at residential and day sites at various locations on the East and West coasts and Hong Kong. Room and board are provided in addition to a competitive salary for staff at residential sites. Opportunities are available for staff to work either three or six weeks; available positions can be found here 

Core Dates for 2020

Session 1: June 25 - July 18, 2020
Session 2: July 18 - August 8, 2020

Please note that the dates for some sites vary from those listed above. Review site locations and dates for specific employment dates at each site.

More information and our online application can be found through the JHU Jobs website.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, 


Corrin McBride Hunt, Ph.D.

Program Manager, Summer Academic Programs

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.


Loyola University Chicago - Discover Pharmacology - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The successful applicant will conduct a 10 week laboratory-based research project in conjunction with a faculty mentor from the Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Neuroscience at our Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, IL (just West of Chicago). Students will also attend weekly professional development seminars, a regional pharmacology conference, and a pharmacology careers panel discussion. In addition, students will have an opportunity to tour a Chicago area pharmaceutical company. Our fellowship is designed to provide students with a hands-on biomedical research experience and an introduction to the career opportunities available in pharmacology research. Our program is ideal for the student who may have limited research opportunities at their own college or university.

$5,200 salary provided to cover room and board and/or travel and other expenses that the student may incur during the course of the fellowship.

Apply on-line
☛ Electronic application form

Submit by email or direct mail from the source
☛ Official transcript of credits
☛ Two letters of recommendation
☛ An essay of 200 words that highlights the applicant’s career goals

Deadlines and Contact Info
Final Application Deadline:
February 28, 2020

Mid-March, 2020

Program begins:
May 26th, 2020

Program end:
July 31st, 2020

Apply Online

Submit additional application materials to:

Dr. Karie Scrogin
Program Director
Discover Pharmacology Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program
 (708) 216-3261
 kscrogi@luc.edu


Gulf Coast Research Laboratory 

During the Summer Field Program, students from around the country convene on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) to earn college credit and to gain a truly unique field and laboratory experience.  GCRL is located in picturesque Ocean Springs, MS where there are plenty of activities outside of class.  To apply, students should visit the following URL: Usm.edu/GCRL-apply.  Classes are filled on a first come first served basis.  With this in mind, we encourage students to apply early to secure a seat in the course of their choice.  Please share this information with students and colleagues that may have an interest in the GCRL Summer Field Program. We are looking forward to another great summer exploring the coastal habitats of the northern Gulf of Mexico. You can find more information at our website http://gcrl.usm.edu/summer_field/index.php or by searching “GCRL Summer Field Program” on facebook.  If you have any questions or if you need additional information, please contact myself or Margaret Firth at Margaret.firth@usm.edu or by phone at 228-818-8852.  We hope to see you on campus this summer!


Green Corp Spring and Summer 2020 Internships

Organization: Care Action Network
Position: Care Action Network Intern
Location: Atlanta, GA

Organization: Environment America
Position: Environment America Intern
Location: Nationwide

Organization: Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Position: Maryland GrassrootsNorthern Virginia Climate OrganizingCommunications and Social MediaLegal Internship
Location: Multiple Locations

Organization: U.S. PIRG
Position: U.S. PIRG Intern
Location: Nationwide

Organization: Green Century Funds
Position: Marketing and Communications InternShareholder Advocacy Intern
Location: Boston, MA

Organization: Urban Land Institute
Position: 2020 Summer Internship Opportunities
Location: Various locations

Organization: PennEnvironment
Position: PennEnvironment Intern
Location: Philadelphia & Pittsburgh, PA

Organization: Mighty Earth
Position: Intern
Location: D.C. Area, Other locations considered

Organization: Center for Biological Diversity
Position: Distributed Organizing Intern
Location: Asheville, NC

Organization: The Education Trust-West
Position: Education Trust-West Intern
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Organization: Green Corps 
Position: Development Internship
Location: Denver, CO


Notre Dame Summer Research Opportunities Program

The Notre Dame Graduate School is seeking applicants for the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), which is designed to prepare aspiring graduate students for success by immersing them in guided research with a world-class faculty for 10 weeks during the summer, culminating in a research symposium on campus. The program is open to students in any discipline offered by the Notre Dame Graduate School (listed here). We are particularly seeking applications from undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds, first-generation, or financially disadvantaged students.

Notre Dame supports students who have been admitted to the program by providing:

  • A generous stipend
  • Housing
  • Travel expenses
  • GRE prep
  • Specialized assistance with grant and fellowship applications to NSF, NIH, Fulbright, and more
  • Graduate school application support
  • Mentoring sessions
  • Fee waiver when applying to ND

Over the past decade SROP participants have received awards from:

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
  • The Fulbright Program
  • The National GEM Consortium

Previous participants have also been admitted to top graduate programs, including our own.

Please encourage any promising undergraduate students to visit the SROP webpage and apply before the March 15th deadline. The 2020 SROP program will run from May 18-July 25th. If students have any questions, I invite them to contact me directly using my information below.


John Lowery, Ph.D.
Recruitment Strategies Program Director
(574) 631-4694 (direct)

The Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS): https://jcesom.marshall.edu/research/srims



Summer Student Research Internship at LUMC Oncology Institute, Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Health Sciences Division

The Oncology Research Institute welcomes applications from LUC undergraduate science majors for a ten-week, full time research internship at Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, HSD, on the Maywood campus.  The internships will begin on May 18, 2020 and are open to all current LUC freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.  The approximately eight student interns will receive supervised research experience in on-going basic science research projects related to human cancer currently in progress at the Cancer Center.  A stipend will be awarded to the student interns who are accepted for this summer program.  The goal of this program is to promote and advance the educational and professional career goals of student interns by engaging them in the planning and carrying out of experiments, collecting data and preparing to report on results and their conclusions.  Interns’ work will be guided and supervised by HSD faculty and their laboratory staff personnel.  An important component of the internship will be participation in a symposium on July 27, 2020.   At this symposium, each intern will give a ten-minute presentation explaining his/her project and data s/he obtained.  Please follow the link in order to apply for this internship.  Please note that the application deadline is February 20, 2020.  No application that arrives later than February 20 will be given consideration; this includes the required faculty recommendation, so please solicit this as soon as possible. 

Questions can be addressed to Fr. Breslin, S.J., personally in his office, Quinlan LSB 442, or at pbresli@luc.edu

 2020 Internship Application

 Faculty Evaluation of Applicant