The Harmon-Threatt lab at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is seeking undergraduate students for a NSF funded REU studying bee diversity and movement in the Missouri glades. The glades have a high amount of natural fragmentation, which make it a unique area to study how the landscape surrounding fragmented bee habitat influences resource availability and bee movement. This project aims to understand what resources the landscape surrounding the glades provide and how these resources influence bee movement and community structure.
Throughout the 10-week program, the student will assist with lab and field work, while also developing an independent research project. Due to the unique landscape and high level of endemism of the Missouri glades, there are numerous independent questions which can address that will produce publishable results. Most work for this project will take place at UIUC but will include one, potentially two funded trips out to the glades to conduct field work. The position will begin the end of May and includes a stipend along with additional funding for housing.
– United States citizens or permanent residents
– Have a valid drivers license
– Must be enrolled in an undergraduate program for fall of 2018. Students who have received their bachelor’s degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are not eligible to participate.
– A strong interest in bee, pollination, or plant ecology
– Not have an allergy or serious aversion to bee stings
– Some experience in entomology or field ecology is preferred but not required
Applications are due by March 9th and should be a single PDF file consisting of:
-Cover letter detailing any relevant experience, interest in the position, and future professional goals -CV/resume -Transcript (unofficial is ok) -Contact information for 3 references
Applications and any questions regarding the position should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about the lab, please visit our website: