REU – Evolutionary Sciences, University of Iowa

Please share with undergraduates who would stand to benefit from research experiences in areas related to evolution, including anthropology and paleontology. Students from underrepresented minority groups and/or who have limited research opportunities at their home institution are especially encouraged to apply.

The University of Iowa is offering ten NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities during the summer of 2020. Research projects span a range of topics, including evolution of behavior, origin of species, cancer evolution, evolution of sex, evo-devo, and paleontology. REU students work on one project, but through interactions with their cohort ultimately receive a broad exposure to evolutionary science. As part of the program, students: receive training in research best practices, participate in career workshops, create a digital exhibit based on their research for the University of Iowa Natural History Museum, and make formal research presentations based on their work. Free housing, a meal allowance, a $6000 stipend, and a travel allowance will be provided to all participants.

The REU program website and application form can be found here:

If you have questions, contact Andrew Forbes ( or Maurine Neiman (