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Research Experiences for Undergrads

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The Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site in Raptor Research (REU-RR) is funded by the National Science Foundation and Boise State University. REU-RR is a 10-week summer research program for undergraduates located at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho. Field and laboratory research projects are available for students.

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The goal of the REU-RR site is to engage undergraduates in biological research using birds of prey (hawks, owls, falcons, and eagles) as model systems. Through partnerships among the  Raptor Research Center at Boise State University, the Boise State University Department of Biological Sciences, The Peregrine Fund, Inc., Intermountain Bird Observatory, College of Western Idaho, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, undergraduates will spend 10 weeks conducting field and/or laboratory research under the guidance of research mentors from academia, government agencies, and NGOs. Students participate in a core professional development program that includes a focus on endangered species restoration, responsible conduct of research, animal care, applying to graduate school, the publication process, and communication in science.

The summer research experience for REU-RR participants culminates with a statewide interdisciplinary summer undergraduate research conference (ICUR) that provides participants the opportunity to communicate their work to a multidisciplinary audience of students and scientists. REU participants also have the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation during the fall semester to present their research, and where five previous REU-Raptor Research students have been recognized with William C. Andersen Memorial Award for best student posters.

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Program Dates for Summer 2021: TBD

Applications for summer 2021 will open around December 1, 2020, and will be due in mid-February of 2021. See the Application page for additional information and to apply to REU-Raptor Research. Please know that REU-Raptor Research welcomes your application. We are especially interested in receiving applications from groups underrepresented in science (women and racial minorities), first-generation college students, persons with disabilities, veterans of military service, and students from institutions where research opportunities in STEM are limited.

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If you have questions, please see the FAQs or contact:
Dr. Jim Belthoff, REU-RR
Department of Biological Sciences and
Raptor Research Center
Boise State University
Boise, ID 83725