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MT IoE Undergraduate Internship Program, Summer 2017

Applications due March 6th

Overview: The Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) Summer Internship Program is accepting proposals for research projects in ecosystem science from undergraduates throughout the Montana University System and the Montana tribal colleges.  Internships will be awarded for work in environmental areas with a priority for working on projects that focus on one of the following IoE/MT-EPSCoR research areas:

1)   Feedbacks between microbial metabolism and ecosystem processes
2)   Linkages between landscape patterns and ecosystem processes
3)   Impacts of climate change on ecosystems through modeling, experimentation, and vulnerability assessments
4)   Relationships between social and ecological systems

Undergraduate interns must identify faculty mentors, and mentors must be affiliated faculty (http://montanaioe.org/about/people/affiliated) of the IoE; interdisciplinary and inter-institutional projects are encouraged.

Funding for the internship program comes from the Montana NSF EPSCoR grant; awards are subject to satisfactory adherence to all program rules and expectations.

The application process is open to undergraduates from all MSU, UM, and Montana tribal college campuses who are not graduating before December 2017. Applications and supporting faculty mentor letters of recommendation are due by Monday, March 6. Awards will be announced by Friday, March 10.

Apply online at:

Program Details

  • 10-12 week project, starting no later than June 1, 2017 (project timeframe is faculty mentor specific)
  • $4000 stipend, paid in 3 installments: 1st-upon award, 2nd-July 15th, 3rd-upon reporting completion. (Additional funds available on a case by case basis to cover dorm housing at a different institution.)
  • Orientation on Monday, June 5, 2017 and two follow-up training sessions (dates TBD)
  • Presentation of your research at the end of the summer program (presentations may be posters, oral, or both).
  • Attendance (and poster presentation) at the IoE statewide summit in the Fall 2017.

Contact: Anna Tuttle (anna.tuttle1@montana.edu) at MSU or Maury Valett (maury.valett@mso.umt.edu) at UM.








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