Deadline Approaching – Summer Field Biology Program Opportunity for Undergraduates

The deadiline for the Field Biology Program at the University of Notre Dame

Environmental Research Center is approaching fast!  Don’t miss out!

Your own field research =E2=80=A6 Classes in the field =E2=80=A6 3 credits/summer Tuition

and housing provided and a summer stipend ($3500 East, $4000 West)!!!

Apply now for UNDERC-East and -West for summer of 2018! These programs

promote understanding of field biology and how field research is conducted

through 10 weeks in the wilds. It begins with a summer at UNDERC-East in

Michigan=E2=80=99s Upper Peninsula and then the opportunity for a second summer at

-West in Montana. UNDERC-East is open to 28 sophomores/juniors from any

college/university. From the UNDERC-East class, 8 students (juniors or

seniors) are selected for UNDERC-West. Each summer, you receive

three-credits along with tuition, housing, travel between the Notre Dame

campus and the site, and a stipend ($3500 at East, $4000 at West).

1)  UNDERC-East (May 21=E2=80=93 July 27): 8000 acres of lakes, streams, wetlands,

and forests owned by Notre Dame and a core site in the National Ecological

Observatory Network (NEON) that are home to abundant wildlife (including

beaver, porcupine, black bear, deer, loon). Course modules include

vertebrate ecology, invertebrate ecology, aquatic ecology and forest

ecology with each providing background information, field research

exercises, and group research projects designed by the class. Five or more

weeks are spent by each student designing and conducting their own field

research project under direction of faculty or graduate students. Projects

have ranged from fish, insect and mammal behavior and ecology to forest,

lake and stream ecosystem ecology to local Native American ecosystem use.

2)  UNDERC-West (June 6 =E2=80=93 August 15, pre-requisite is UNDERC-East): Explore

more than a million acres on the National Bison Range and Flathead Reservation

that includes grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes that are home

to abundant wildlife (including bison, elk, mountain lions and grizzly

bear). Course modules like those at UNDERC-East include wildlife ecology,

grassland ecology, and montane ecology, as well as an environmental

history/Native American ecology module (in part during the cross-country

drive to and from -West). Each student conducts an independent research

project in collaboration with a faculty or graduate

student advisor that is more advanced given the skills learned at

UNDERC-East. Recent projects have included invasive plant ecology,

animal behavior

and habitat relationships, grassland, forest, wetland and stream dynamics,

and Native American plant and wildlife use. Applications are available

online (

Further information can be obtained at the UNDERC website (, or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC East Assistant

Director (, or Dr. David Flagel, UNDERC West Assistant

Director ( Application deadline is Friday, November 10,

2017 and notification of acceptance will be provided by Monday, December

11, 2017. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement

of purpose. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in

environmental sciences. Applicants are required to be present for the

duration of the course.

— Dr. David Flagel

Assistant Director, West

University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center

Office Phone: 574-631-2612