REU in Grassland/Grasshopper 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 2019 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 May 20 to August 10 (twelve weeks), although the dates are somewhat flexible. The REU student will receive a stipend. Also, research supplies, lodging, and travel to/from Montana will be provided.

Review of applications will begin as applications are received and continue until filled. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled as an undergraduate for Fall 2019. Students from underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply.

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

( with the subject line “REU” preferably by April 5, 2019:

1.  Statement/cover letter explaining the following:

•why you are interested in this position

•what are your future plans

•dates you are available to start and end this position

•confirm eligibility for the REU program

•your e-mail address and phone number

2.  Resume

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

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Belovsky

Department of Biological Sciences

University of Notre Dame