Dates: 10 wks; late May/early June-early August 2020
Student Benefits: Hands-on research experience, development of a diverse set of avian field research skills, and $500/week stipend plus housing and some travel costs.
Location: Fargo, ND
Ever wondered about how stress affects the body or why some individuals are more resilient than others?
If so, join our research team and learn more about it!
The Heidinger lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, ND, is seeking a motivated undergraduate student to participate in an REU on a project examining the long-term consequences of stress exposure in a local population of house sparrows. Duties will include manipulating stress exposure, monitoring parental behavior, checking nests, catching and re-sighting adult sparrows, and measuring offspring growth. Successful applicants must be enthusiastic and motivated. They must work well independently and as part of a research team.
Who should apply: Students in their sophomore or junior years of college, with strong credentials and majoring in wildlife ecology, biology, or conservation are encouraged to apply. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and currently enrolled as an undergraduate student (i.e., enrolled for fall 2020). Students with backgrounds that are underrepresented in wildlife science are especially encouraged to apply. Students who have received their bachelor's degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are not eligible to participate. A high level of responsibility, organization, and motivation are required. Applicants must be able to maintain work quality and a positive attitude during challenging field conditions that can include long field days in adverse weather conditions.
To Apply: If interested please email 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the project and previous research experience, 2) a resume or CV, and 3) the names & contact information for two references to Rebecca Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 1, 2020.