Information for Current UST Biology Students

Biology and related interdisciplinary majors can tap into a wealth of information using the links below and on the menu bars to the left and above.  

Biology Department Scholarships and Awards

Two scholarships are available to Biology majors.  Applications are accepted during the spring semester of every year.

The department has also established two awards to recognize academic excellence and outstanding contributions to our department or the community. 

Off-campus research opportunities

1.  Summer Research:  an opportunity to participate in a new summer research internship with the NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin. 

The LAKES (Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability) REU focuses on water quality and phosphorus mitigation in an interdisciplinary manner over an 8 week program (June 15-August 8), with projects in sociology, microbiology, economics, geology, anthropology, mathematics, or communications.  Students will be provided with room and board and a generous stipend during their participation in the LAKES program. 

This program prioritizes under-represented students, pairing them with mentors in individual projects that collectively will contribute to a more complete understanding of the dynamic interactions of our political economy, our social networks, and our ecosystems.  The deadline to submit applications for the 2014 summer program is March 1st.  Complete program information can be found here:  Attached you will also find a flyer and a brochure.  Please also pass along this information to your colleagues around the U.S. 

Questions can be directed to Nels Paulson at:  



The SETI Institute is pleased to announce, pending successful receipt of funding, that we will offer a Research Experience for Undergraduates program this summer in astronomy and planetary science, with a theme of "Life in the Universe". Students will perform research in fields ranging from astronomy to biology to planetary science. The 10-week program will take place from June 15 - August 23, and students will receive a $5000 stipend plus housing and travel reimbursement. Qualified undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior year are invited to apply. Applications will open soon and will be due in early February. Please see for more information. 

Dr. Cynthia B. Phillips             tel: 650-810-0230 
Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe 
SETI Institute                      fax: 650-962-9419 
189 Bernardo Ave                  web: 
Mountain View, CA 94043  USA        email:


3.  The Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program.  KBS will be funding 8-10 REUs on projects related to Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Sustainable Agriculture. 

The KBS REU program provides Free Room & Board, up to $400 in travel expenses, up to $500 in research funds, and a $4,500 stipend.  The program runs 10-weeks from late May to early August.  Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full time student.  We especially welcome applications from students from underrepresented groups in the sciences and first generation college students.  

Research projects for Summer 2014 include:

  • Plant Eco-physiology
  • Restoration ecology
  • Mating system evolution
  • Using soil tests to survey farmer attitudes about soil health
  • Effects of genetic diversity on plants and insects
  • Algal adaptation to temperature and nutrients
  • The role of mutualisms in plant adaptation

For more information or to apply please visit:

Applications are due February 15th. 

About KBS:

The Kellogg Biological Station is located in Southwest Michigan and is housed on the shores of beautiful Gull Lake.  KBS is the academic home to 15 MSU professors with research expertise in Ecology, Evolution, and Sustainable Agriculture.  KBS encompasses over 3,000 acres and includes the KBS Bird Sanctuary, KBS Long-term Ecological Research Site, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Experimental Pond Lab, Lux Arbor Reserve, KBS Farm and Pasture Dairy and the Kellogg Forest.  Each summer over 30 undergraduates from across the country live in residence at KBS for courses, research and internships.  For more information visit on facebook or

Funding for the KBS REU program is provided by BEACON: An NSF Center for the Study of Evolution in Action (, The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (, and the KBS Long Term Ecological Research Site (