MSU IoE-EPSCoR Statewide Undergraduate Research Program Summer 2017

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Deadline Monday, March 6th, 2017 - 5:00pm

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Overview: The Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) Statewide Summer Internship Program is accepting proposals for research projects in ecosystem science from undergraduates throughout the Montana State 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 ( 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 6th. Awards will be announced by Friday, March 10.

Program Details

  • 10-12 week project, starting no later than June 1, 2016 (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.

Application Instructions

  1. Online application – Complete application below. In addition to other requested information, please include the documents described below as attachments:
  2. Letter of interest – 2 pages (research project, relevance to IoE’s mission/focus)
  3. Mentor Letter of Recommendation

For clarification, contact: Anna Tuttle (

IoE Summer Internship Award and Obligations

Funding Information

  1. IoE Research Interns will be awarded $4000 for the summer 2017 appointment, and will be paid in three increments. Unsatisfactory progress toward project goals or lack of adherence to program expectations may result in funding changes, delays, or reimbursement.
  2. Funds will be distributed beginning no later than June 1, 2017.
  3. Funds are taxable and are IRS-reportable by the university or college.  

Program Expectations

  1. Summer projects must begin no later than June 1, 2017. Length of project is determined by faculty mentor and student; a minimum of 10 weeks is required.
  2. A mandatory orientation will be provided to all students. Group orientation will occur at the end of Spring Semester.
  3. All funded students will present their research and discuss their experiences at the end of the summer program. This may occur at a poster session, through oral presentations, or both, and will be determined by your home campus.
  4. Summer participants are expected to provide formal and informal feedback about the program; evaluations and assessment opportunities will be discussed at the Orientation.

Reporting Requirements (covered in detail at Orientation)

To document IoE support for undergraduate research and help generate permanent records of research productivity, all interns are asked to do the following:

  1. Provide a completed demographics form in the IoE database.   
  2. Complete the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research training prior to beginning their summer appointment. If already completed within the past 3 years, it is not necessary to resubmit the form, but it must be presented at orientation for compliance.
  3. Additional research reporting will occur near the end of your summer appointment. This will include narrative, field/lab photos, and data. Supplemental information may be gathered by IoE program staff for additional reporting purposes.
Your current Montana higher education institution
A phone number where you can be reached. You need to provide area code and number 406-XXX-YYYY
This information is required by the National Science Foundation.
Year you expect to graduate
Expected degree (B.A., B.S., etc)
Your primary Faculty mentor.
Your mentor's college or university
Letter of Interest – 2pages (research project, relevance to IoE’s mission/focus) Files types: DOC, DOCX, PDF Max File Size: 20MB
Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
Letter of Recommendation from proposed mentor (how student will further IoE-related research goals) Files types: TXT, RTF, DOC, DOCX, PDF Max File Size: 2MB
Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf html pdf doc docx xls xlsx xml bz2 gz rar zip.


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