Uintah Basin Student Research Internship Program

2020 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 student present their work to the USU Uintah Basin research community.

2020 Dates & Deadlines

Applications Due: Friday, February 28 @ 5pm
Applications Accepted: March 13
Program Dates: June 3 - July 30 Apply
* You will be prompted to select your program preference on your application. Please rank from 1-3, with one being your first choice while fourth would be your last.

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

Research Program Options

Wildlife Ecology

Join USUUB researchers and biologists from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to help monitor wildlife species across the Uintah Basin and Ashley National Forest. 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.

Nervous System Evolution

Different parts of the nervous system work together to allow us to perform simple and complex tasks, for example moving, seeing and thinking. Yet, while individual components of the nervous system change and evolve over time, the system still functions together. Interns will use various techniques, including transcriptome analysis, protein modeling and electrophysiology, to learn how change is possible in the nervous system.

Goshawk Reproductive Ecology

Northern Goshawks are keystone species that affect forest health and ecology. Student researchers will aid USU graduate students and wildlife managers at the Ashley National Forest to survey and collect data on reproductive efforts and nesting habitat attributes of Northern Goshawks. This position requires the ability to hike 10-15 miles in rough-terrain, off-trail in sometimes inclement weather conditions. Interns will learn plant and prey species identification, aging of nestlings, and may be able to participate in 2-3 days of trapping effort.