Undergraduate Field Research Experience – Notre Dame – Summer 2023

The University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) is recruiting 8-10 undergraduates seeking field research experience during the summer of 2023. The UNDERC facility is owned by Notre Dame and contains 8000 acres of pristine lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests with abundant wildlife. The natural setting and modern facilities provide an unparalleled opportunity for gaining experience in field biology. UNDERC is also the core site in the Great Lakes Region for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).

(May 31– August 5)! Our Track 2 opportunity is designed for undergraduates with at least one semester or summer of prior research experience, including those that have completed our Track 1 program, that would like to conduct an independent research project under the mentorship of UNDERC scientists. The program includes housing, travel between the Notre Dame campus and UNDERC, and a stipend ($5000)

An UNDERC-affiliated scientist will mentor each student on the development of a research proposal, implementation of the project, analyses of the data collected and the writing up and presentation of the project at the end of the summer.


Potential areas of research for 2023 include:

  • Fish Foraging Behavior
  • Fish Life-History Trade-offs, Demographic & Habitat Preferences
  • Hyperspectral Signatures of Tree Traits and Disease
  • Mosquito Diversity & Vector-Borne Disease Ecology
  • Behavioral Ecology of Deer Mice
  • Tree Population and Community Ecology
  • Tree Ecophysiology

Applications due Tuesday, January 31st