Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Evolution and Diversification of Marine Fishes

Deadline: March 12, 2021

REU Evolution Marine Fishes 2021 Program Flyer

Drs. Elizabeth Miller and Luke Tornabene of the University of Washington would like to solicit applications for a PAID 10-week summer undergraduate research internship sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program will run from June-August 2021 (exact dates TBD). Applications will be accepted until Friday March 12th, 2021.

About the program: The intern will test hypotheses related to evolution and diversification in marine fishes. The intern’s project can take advantage of specimens housed by the Ichthyology Collection at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, in addition to computed tomography (C-T) scanning technology at Friday Harbor Laboratories. They will perform phylogenetic comparative methods using the R programming language. The intern will have a choice of living in (1) Seattle, (2) at Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island, or (3) working from home and completing a project remotely.

Funding: As part of this internship program, students will receive:

  • A $6,000 stipend ($600/week)
  • Per diem funding for housing and meals in addition to the stipend
  • $800 for relocation if necessary
  • $600 for research supplies

Who should apply: This program is eligible to undergraduates who will be enrolled in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program in Fall 2021, with at least 1 semester remaining before graduation. Students must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

We will prioritize applications from current juniors (incoming seniors) and seniors graduating in Fall 2021. Applicants must have an interest in any of the following: ichthyology, marine biology, evolutionary biology, ecology, or computational biology. We will consider applicants with varying levels of prior experience. Applications are welcome from students enrolled in a variety of institutions including community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and minority-serving institutions. We value a culture of inclusion and students of all genders, ethnicities, backgrounds and individuals with disabilities are all encouraged to apply. We encourage applicants local to the Seattle area. Applications will be evaluated holistically based on research interests and experience, life experiences, career goals, and academic performance.

COVID-19 restrictions: Interns are required to comply with all COVID-19 restrictions. Remote projects are available for high-risk students or students who cannot travel.

How to apply: See full application instructions at the end of this flier. Please email application materials to Elizabeth Miller at: The deadline to apply is March 12th, 2021.

A completed application includes:

  1. Basic applicant information
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Written answers to questions on the last page of flyer
  4. Unofficial undergraduate transcripts
  5. Contact information for two references
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