2019-2020 College Undergraduate Research Work-Study PILOT Program

For Academic Year 08/11/2019 – 05/09/2020

The College Research Office and IU’s Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) have established a pilot Federal Work Study (FWS)-eligible Undergraduate Research Assistant position. If FWS is part of your financial-aid packages to attend college and if you are conducting research under the guidance and mentorship of faculty, you may now use that work as a qualifying work-study position. It is anticipated that there will be up to ten positions available for the academic year 2019-20 pilot program.

Click here for full details, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.


Undergrad research position available in Rosvall lab – apply by August 1!

Dr. Kim Rosvall’s lab (https://rosvall.lab.indiana.edu/) has a research position available via the CEW&T Emerging Scholars Research Experience for Undergraduate Women on the genomic basis of female aggression in birds, supervised by postdoctoral researcher Dr. Sara Lipshutz. Timeframe for the position is October 17th 2019 – May 8th 2020. 1st years and sophomores who identify as women are encouraged to apply. All majors welcome – may be of special interest to those in Animal Behavior. Applications are due August 1st, 2019. Apply here: REU Student Application 2019-20


Project Description:
What makes some individuals more aggressive than others? This project examines the genetic basis of aggressive behavior in birds, with a focus on sex differences across species.

Technological or Computational Component:
The project involves neuroscience and molecular techniques including cryostat sectioning of neural tissue (brains), RNA extraction, and quantitative PCR (to measure gene expression), along with data analysis.

Careful attention to detail (e.g. following laboratory protocols and keeping a well maintained lab notebook), willingness to learn new techniques, and open communication (e.g. asking for help when needed).

Open position for summer research in the Rosvall lab

Dr. Kim Rosvall’s lab (https://rosvall.lab.indiana.edu/)  has a summer research position available on the genetic and hormonal basis of sex differences in birds, supervised by postdoctoral researcher Dr. Sara Lipshutz. Timeframe for the position is May 20 – July 26, 2019. While the position is unpaid, there is a $3000 research grant that Hutton Honors College students can apply for (https://hutton.indiana.edu/funding/grants/index.html). Potential skills you will learn include molecular techniques like RNA extraction and qPCR, hormonal assays, and data analysis. All majors welcome – may be of particular interest to Animal Behavior majors. If interested, please email Dr. Lipshutz (slipshut@iu.edu) by February 25th.

Apply now for 2019 Summer REU program in Coastal Ocean Processes

The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in Coastal Ocean Processes.  We encourage students who are interested in conducting independent but guided research in marine and coastal ocean systems to apply! No prior research experience needed! We especially encourage students from underrepresented communities and research-limited or marine science limited institutions to apply!

Some important information about the program below:

  • Application deadline: Feb. 22, 2019
  • Program Dates:  June 10 – August 16, 2019 (10 weeks)
  • Program Location:  USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, CA
  • Requirements:  Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or national to apply. Must have completed have completed at least one year of undergraduate study by Summer 2019 and must plan to be enrolled as a continuing undergraduate in Fall 2019.
  • Research Topics broadly include microbial diversity and ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, behavioral ecology, comparative physiology, invertebrate and fish ecology, macroalgal ecology and physiology.  Seeking AAUS-certified divers for two of the projects!


More information and the application can be found at https://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigley/reu/.

Please contact Diane Kim (dianekim@usc.edu) with questions.

Michaels lab has 2 open positions for undergrad research assistants

The Michaels lab has two openings for undergraduate researchers (https://biology.indiana.edu/about/faculty/michaels-scott.html).  Our laboratory studies gene regulation and epigenetics, primarily in the model plant Arabidopsis.  We are looking for students that are interested in multi-semester research experiences, beginning with learning basic techniques in molecular biology (e.g., recombinant DNA technology, genotyping using molecular markers, and genome engineering using CRISPR/Cas9) and culminating with an independent research project.  The opportunity exists for this work to be taken for BIOL-X 490 (Independent Study) credit.  No previous lab experience is required; however, a basic understanding of genetics and molecular biology is desirable. If interested, please send a c.v., transcript (unofficial is fine), and a brief statement of your career goals to michaels@indiana.edu.  Please also indicate when during a typical week you would be available for lab work (ideally, students should have 2 or more blocks of >2 hours per week).

Update: Demas lab positions have been filled

Update: As of 2/5/19, applications for undergrad positions in the Demas lab are closed.

The Demas Lab is looking for motivated undergraduates to work in the lab starting in summer 2019. Please find the details of the position below. If you have any questions about the position, please contact lab manager Jessica Deyoe at jedeyoe@indiana.edu.

Position Description:

The primary focus in the Demas laboratory is in the general area of “ecological physiology.” Specifically, we study interactions among the nervous, endocrine and immune systems and behavior in a variety of ecologically-relevant environmental contexts using the Siberian hamster (Phodopus sungorus) as our model system.  Currently, we are conducting studies in two major research areas, including: 1) microbiome influences on the neuroendocrine regulation of social behavior, and 2) neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying seasonal aggression.

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Summer 2019 Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM) course at USC is now accepting applications

The Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), headquartered at the University of Southern California (USC) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is offering an all-expense paid, three-week, intensive introductory microbiology course called Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM).

We are recruiting early career undergraduates from 2- and 4-year colleges

to join us at the University of Southern California and Santa Catalina Island

from June 9 through June 28, 2019

for lectures, discussions, labs, fieldwork, networking, career panels and more

focusing on aquatic microbes and their ecology

led by Drs. John Heidelberg and Eric Webb

paid for by C-DEBI, including travel, room, board, and course expenses.


For more information and a link to our application, please visit our webpage:


We strive to recruit participants that reflect the diversity of students at the community college and university level with varied science learning and life experiences. We encourage students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields and first generation college students to apply.

Application Opens:  Thursday, November 1, 2018

Application Deadline:  Thursday, February 7, 2019

If you have any questions, please contact Gwen Noda at gnoda@usc.edu.