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Research Experiences for Undergrads

collage o fowl tagging

 

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.

SEE REU-RR IN ACTION!

Barn Owl and Burrowing Owl Research

REU-RR participants in the 2019 program and REU-RR Program Director Dr. Jim Belthoff describe their REU experiences while working with barn owls and burrowing owls in Idaho’s Treasure Valley.

Two burrowing owls

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 to understand biological phenomena and interactions and to provide participants opportunities for a cohort experience, mentored research, and professional development. Research on raptors uses modern tools to address questions ranging from molecular ecology to ecosystem processes, spanning both basic and applied science topics related to birds of prey.

Two REU students using binoculars to survey for raptors

Through partnerships among the Boise State University Raptor Research Center, 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 projects 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, where five previous REU-Raptor Research students have been recognized with William C. Andersen Memorial Award for best student posters.

Two students holding an owl

Summer 2021 Program Dates:

May 17 – July 23

Applications open November 25, 2020, and will be due February 10, 2021. 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.

Find out how to apply

Student holding an osprey for banding

Questions?

Please see the FAQs or contact:
Dr. Jim Belthoff, REU-RR Program Director
Department of Biological Sciences
Raptor Research Center
Boise State University in Boise, Idaho
Email: REU-RR@boisestate.edu

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