About the Program
The Living Earth CollaborativeTM at Washington University in St. Louis is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of biodiversity and to ensuring the future of earth’s species in their many forms. Washington University, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the St. Louis Zoo, and other St. Louis institutions offer a variety of research opportunities to undergraduate students that allow students to study and conserve biodiversity, regionally and around the world.
In collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research, students may apply for a Summer Undergraduate Research Award of $4000 to conduct 10 weeks of full-time biodiversity research with a WashU Faculty Living Earth Collaborative Biodiversity Fellow or Post-doc.
- Open to all continuing WashU undergraduate students.
- For research related to biodiversity, its study and conservation, regionally and around the world.
- Applicants must be nominated by their research mentor, who must be a WashU Faculty Living Earth Collaborative Biodiversity Fellow or Living Earth Collaborative Post-doc. If a student is working with a Biodiversity Fellow who is not a WashU Faculty member, a WashU Faculty member must co-nominate and co-mentor the student.
- Awardees must participate in the Office of Undergraduate Research’s Workshop on Research Ethics in early May or mid-June.
- Awardees must present their work at the Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium.
- Awardees must submit an end of summer award report following completion of their research experience—due first day of classes in August.
- Awardees may not ENROLL in or TA any class during the time of their research and may not engage in any outside employment during that period.