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UNDERC provides two opportunities to promote understanding of field biology and how field research is conducted through 10 weeks in the wilds. (May 18 - July 24, 2022)

Walt Carson and Bob Evans discuss forest ecology with UNDERC students

Tuition, transportation from Notre Dame to the field sites, and housing for the summer field courses are paid by UNDERC. Participants receive:

  • $5000 stipend
  • $500 research budget for supplies (Track 2)
  • Unique research opportunity 
  • 2022 UNDERC Flyer

UNDERC-East Track 1: Practicum in Field Environmental Biology

This opportunity is offered to individuals at any stage of their undergraduate education that have an interest in gaining training and research experience in field biology. You will receive a structured introduction to field biology through a mixture of classroom and field training at the UNDERC facility. Classroom training includes visits to the George W. Brown, Jr. Ojibwe Museum and Cultural Center and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.  Classwork will also promote understanding of Native American attitudes towards the environment for non-Native American students. The summer is broken up into four learning modules including - vertebrate ecology, invertebrate ecology, aquatic ecology and forest ecology. This training will be leveraged by the class to conduct a summer-long collaborative research project.  

Students must complete the UNDERC-East Track 1 program before being considered for the UNDERC-East Track 2 program.

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UNDERC-East Track 2: Practicum in Field Environmental Biology

This independent research opportunity is offered to undergraduates that have completed Track 1 or have had at least one summer or semester of research experience. An UNDERC-affiliated scientist will mentor each student on the development of a research proposal, implementation of the project, analyses of the data collected and the writing up and presentation of the project at the end of the summer. Past projects have ranged from behavioral, population, community and ecosystem ecology to local Native American ecosystem use.

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