Simpson College Ecological Research Program

Want to do field research in ecology this summer?

We are excited to announce the Simpson College Ecological Research (SCER) Program. The SCER Program will provide hands-on research opportunities for up to 4 undergraduate students working with faculty members Ryan Rehmeier and Clint Meyer in the Simpson College Department of Biology and Environmental Science. The goal of this program is to provide students with critical skills, training, and experience in conducting ecological research. Students will work with faculty mentors to design and conduct experimental research that addresses novel ecological questions. General topics could include ecology of soil, plants, invertebrates, birds, reptiles, mammals, or streams. The primary research site is a 285-acre tract of restored grassland just 25 minutes from campus in the rolling hills of Marion County in south-central Iowa. The site was formerly managed for conventional agriculture but has been restored and currently comprises multiple habitat types (prairie, savannah, stream, wetland, pond, forest).

Eligibility

This opportunity is open to any current Simpson College student who will not graduate before Summer 2014. Preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in Biology or Environmental Science.

Stipend & Housing

Each student will receive a stipend of $3,500 over an 8-week period from June 2-July 28, 2014. Each student would also receive an additional $600 to be used toward summer housing. On-campus housing is available for approximately $9/day.

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