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.

2021 Dates & Deadlines

Applications Due: Wednesday, March 31 by 5 p.m.
Program Dates: Wednesday, June 2 through Thursday, July 29 Apply
* You will be prompted to select your program preference on your application. Please rank from 1 to 3, with one being your first choice.

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

Research Program Options

Wildlife Ecology

Advisor: Mark Chynoweth

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.

Evolution and/or Ecology of Reptiles and Amphibians

Advisor: Charles Hanifin

Students working in my lab 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.

Raptor Reproductive Ecology

Advisor: Becky Williams

Raptors are keystone species that affect ecosystem health and ecology.  They are also important predators of imperiled species, such as Greater Sage-grouse. Student researchers will aid USU graduate students and wildlife managers at the Bureau of Land Management to survey and collect data on reproductive efforts and nesting habitat attributes of raptors such as Golden Eagles and Ferruginous Hawks. This position requires the ability to hike 10-15 miles in rough-terrain, off-trail in sometimes inclement weather conditions. Interns will learn some plant and prey species identification, aging of nestlings, and may be able to participate in 2-3 days of raptor trapping effort.