Research Experience for Undergrads Opportunity

The Mihaljevic Lab at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in beautiful Flagstaff, AZ, is seeking applications for two Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) positions to support an NSF- funded project that examines how climate and infectious disease interact to affect long-term rates of species extinction. The successful candidates will be excited to conduct laboratory experiments, conduct field surveys, and/or build computational models to answer key ecological questions about host-pathogen interactions and climate change.

We are looking for two students. The selected candidates will have options to help conduct experiments, assist with field work, and build simulation models of disease spread, using a study system of Ambystoma tigrinum virus and its tiger salamander host in Arizona. Ultimately, REU students will collaborate with mentors to design independent research projects.

Who Should Apply?

All students in the program must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents of the U.S. Students must be entering or continuing in an Associates or Baccalaureate degree program following this internship; you must have at least one more semester remaining in college to complete your undergraduate degree. As part of the National Science Foundation’s commitment to broadening participation in STEM fields, we especially encourage students to apply who identify as belonging to historically minoritized groups in STEM. Students from community-colleges, primarily undergraduate universities, and minority-serving universities are all eligible to apply.


Students receive an estimated $6,500 stipend, as well as $500 for travel costs. Travel costs can be applied towards housing, but housing is not specifically provided.

Instructions to apply

Deadline: 11:59pm Mountain Standard Time on February 3, 2023