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Indiana University Bloomington

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

May 19 - July 26, 2014

The REU program in Animal Behavior brings about 10 undergraduate students to Indiana University each summer to engage in animal behavior research. Located in the heart of Bloomington, IU is a Big Ten university with a national reputation for research in the sciences. The city is nestled in the hilly, wooded countryside of southern Indiana near local lakes, state parks, and the Hoosier National Forest. It is conveniently located one hour south of Indianapolis (home of the Indy 500, the Colts and the Pacers, and the largest children's museum in the US), 2.5 hours from Cincinnati, and 4 hours from Chicago. The area offers a variety of outdoor activities including biking, boating, caving, camping and hiking, as well as a rich cultural life of music, museums, and restaurants. An extensive public bus system can take you anywhere you want to go.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, our program offers a unique opportunity for talented undergraduates to do state-of-the-art research and gain valuable skills while exploring career opportunities in the sciences. During the first two weeks, interns divide their time between group training activities and their home laboratories. The group training activities include research seminar presentations, hands-on training in field and laboratory techniques, a trip behind the scenes at the Indianapolis Zoo, and a workshop on research ethics. For the remainder of the summer, students conduct individual research projects under the guidance of their mentors and prepare final presentations of the results. We also offer brief workshops on taking the GRE, applying to graduate school, and designing professional presentations in Power Point.

Our program has been running since 1990 and is one of the most successful undergraduate summer research programs in the country. Explore the links to the left for more information.

Apply online before February 11, 2014