UM IoE-EPSCoR Statewide Undergraduate Research Program Summer 2017

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Deadline Friday, March 17th, 2017 - 5:00pm

Overview: The University of Montana (UM) office of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) is accepting proposals for research projects in ecology and environmental science from undergraduates across all UM campuses and the Montana Tribal Colleges.  Research projects will be accomplished under guidance of a faculty mentor identified by the student. Interdisciplinary and inter-institutional projects are highly 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.

This application process is open to undergraduates from University of Montana, Montana Tech, Montana Western, and Montana Tribal Colleges who are not graduating before December 2017. Applications and supporting faculty mentor letters of recommendation are due by Friday, March 17th. Awards will be announced within two weeks of submittal.

Program Details

  • 10-12 week project, starting no later than June 1, 2017 (project timeframe is faculty mentor specific)
  • $4000 will be paid over the course of the internship  
  • $1000 for travel, lodging, and research supplies (excludes international travel and capital equipment)
  • Orientation on Friday, May 5th, 2017.
  • 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 submit all documents described below as attachments:
  2. Letter of interest – 500-word maximum. Please include the research project background, research question, hypothesis, and plan for addressing the question.
  3. Budget for travel (25.8 cents/mi.), lodging, research suppliesl. See UM Travel Guidelines for more info. 
  4. Mentor Letter of Recommendation (e-mailed directly to

For clarification, contact: Jacob Dyste (

IoE Summer Internship Award and Obligations

Funding Information

  1. IoE Research Interns will be awarded $4000 for the summer 2017 appointment assuming satisfactory progress toward project goals and adherence to program expectations. Additional funding of no more than $1000 is also available to support research logistics.  
  2. Funds will be distributed 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.
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