Uintah Basin Student Research Internship Program

Undergraduate Research Program

Spend the summer as a scientist. Join a team of researchers at USU Uintah Basin as they explore exciting research questions.

Students have the opportunity to work in the laboratory of a faculty member at USU Uintah Basin for an eight-week, paid summer internship. During that time students will make new discoveries and meet senior scientists from across the state of Utah. Students learn what scientists do and how to become a scientist.

Three students are selected for the program. Students choose a mentor for a summer project and are paid to work in their mentor's lab. Students design a summer project with their mentor and the program culminates when students present their work to the USU Uintah Basin research community.

2022 Dates & Deadlines

2022 applications are now closed. 
Check back in January 2023 for more information. 

For more information contact Shana at shana.geffeney@usu.edu or call (435) 722-1784.

Research Program Options

Wildlife Ecology

Advisor: Mark Chynoweth

Join faculty researchers and biologists from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to help monitor wildlife in the John Wesley Powell National Conservation Area. Student researchers will learn how to set up remote camera traps in the field, manage a complex database of photos, and interpret data to help biologists manage wildlife.

Evolution and/or Ecology of Reptiles and Amphibians

Advisor: Charles Hanifin

Students will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects related to evolution and ecology. Students interested in genetics and the evolution of proteins can work on the evolution of neurotoxin resistance in toxic salamanders. Students interested in ecology and fieldwork will be able to work on projects associated with the amphibian and reptile diversity at Dinosaur National Monument and/or local BLM wetlands. There is also an opportunity to study the thermal (temperature) ecology of lizards in the Uintah Basin.

Chemical Ecology of Blue-Lined Octopuses

Advisor: Becky Williams

Blue-lined octopuses harbor a potent neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin (TTX). While these octopuses are well known for their flashing blue rings warning predators of their toxic nature, little is known about how TTX levels vary between sexes and over ontogeny. Students will use high-performance liquid chromatography and a competitive inhibition immunoassay to quantify TTX in this octopus species and investigate why TTX levels may vary between individuals.