REU – Grassland Ecology in Western Montana

Gary Belovsky in the Dept. of Biological Sciences at the University of

Notre Dame is seeking applicants for an NSF Research Experience for

Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2017 to study insect ecology.

The REU student will be part of a research team examining grasshopper

ecology in western Montana, at the National Bison Range National Wildlife

Refuge in Moiese, Montana.  Potential projects for the REU include

examining grasshopper population dynamics or species interactions

(competition, predation, etc).

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a solid academic record,

and a strong interest in field ecology.  The REU will be working as part of

a team, which can include working outside for long periods in unpredictable

weather and conditions, and which requires the ability to work

independently as well as contribute to a positive group dynamic.

The duration of the study is from June 1 to mid-August, although the dates

are somewhat flexible. The REU student will earn a stipend of $4500.

Research supplies, lodging, and travel to/from Montana will be provided.

Review of applications will begin after mid-March and continue until

filled. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents

and must be enrolled as an undergraduate for Fall 2017. Students from

underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines are particularly encouraged to


To apply, please e-mail the following application materials to Jennifer

Belovsky ( with the subject line =E2=80=9CREU=E2=80=9D no=


than March 17, 2017:

1.  Statement/cover letter explaining the following:

=E2=80=A2why you are interested in this position

=E2=80=A2what are your future plans

=E2=80=A2dates you are available to start and end this position

=E2=80=A2confirm eligibility for the REU program

=E2=80=A2your e-mail address and phone number

2.  Resume

3.  Names and contact information for two people who can serve as your


For more information, please contact Jennifer Belovsky (

or visit the Belovsky labpage – –