Introductory Multicultural Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
The Introductory Multicultural Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (IM-SURE) in environmental biology within the Division of Biological Sciences (DBS) at The University of Montana is an NSF REU Site program located in the beautiful Missoula Valley. IM-SURE began Summer 2009 and to date, has provided introductory research internships for 39 undergraduate students from across the Nation and Puerto Rico. This program is an opportunity for undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds to gain experience in environmental biology through field research, laboratory research, or both. Interns will conduct guided independent research with their Faculty Mentor in various areas ecology including but not limited to microbial ecology, plant ecology, and wildlife ecology. Throughout the summer, IM-SURE hosts a number of events allowing all Interns to come together to discuss their research projects and their time in Montana. The summer culminates with the OREOS Undergraduate Research Symposium at which IM-SURE Interns will present posters of their summer research.
Incoming Freshman, rising Sophomores, and rising Juniors from any higher education institution within the United States and Puerto Rico are invited to apply. IM-SURE strives to provide research internships to students with minimal to no research experience, providing the stepping stones to gaining additional research experiences at their home institutions and other research programs. Additionally, we aim to bring together a cohort of Interns from a broad array of cultural backgrounds and experiences. Underrepresented minority groups, women, and first-generation college students are especially encouraged to apply.
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