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DNR Undergraduate Research Internships



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offered by the
Department of Natural Resources, the Arnot Teaching and Research Forest and the Cornell Biological Field Station

The Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the Arnot Teaching and Research Forest (the Arnot) and the Cornell Biological Field Station (CBFS), will offer 10 week undergraduate research internships during the summer of 2018.  This program offers exciting opportunities for students to collaborate on research with mentor scientists conducting ecological investigations in a wide variety of ecosystems.

A Setting for Excellence:  You will work with other interns at either the Arnot, Ithaca, CBFS, or other Northeast locations.   The Arnot is unique as a 4200+ acre working forested landscape near Ithaca that is dedicated to the department and university mission of teaching, research, and extension. Through research and extension, Arnot interns contribute to the improved management of forest-based natural resources in the Northeast.

The CBFS is a highly interactive, research-oriented environment.  Studies currently at CBFS are aquatic based (fisheries, limnology, colonial water birds).  Students will exchange ideas with each other, staff scientists, and Cornell campus faculty.  The Cornell Biological Field Station is a well-equipped facility located on the south shore of Oneida Lake, NY.  The Station is located 12 miles northeast of Syracuse, and is only a 20-minute commute to shopping centers, Hancock International Airport, and the Amtrak train station.  The Field Station is recognized both nationally and internationally for its research accomplishments in basic and applied ecology.

The Programs:  The objective of both programs is to provide students with hands-on experience in research and/or extension, including hypothesis formation, experimental design, data collection, and interpretation and presentation of results.  Weekly seminars will explore current topics in ecology and the environment, and interns will have the opportunity to interact with guest speakers. 

Expectations:  Each intern will be selected in program areas matching their interests and will be expected to:  1) work collaboratively with a selected mentor on an on-going research project; 2) participate in discussions and weekly seminars; and 3) enroll for research credit in the fall semester to prepare an oral presentation for a formal intern symposium and a final paper for inclusion in a department publication.  A webinar may also be required.

Successful candidates will begin the 10 week program on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.  Students will receive a stipend for the 10 week session. Housing is available at the CBFS for the 10 week program at a cost of $175/month ($437.50 for the 10 weeks).  A security deposit of $100 must be submitted with the housing fee.  Arnot and Ithaca based students are responsible for securing their own housing.  The program is open to all undergraduate students regardless of institution, but preference will be given to Cornell students when project funding is limited.  Cornell interns are expected to enroll in three credit hours of independent studies in the fall semester to complete their summer research/extension project, with a final paper, and participate in the undergraduate research symposium.

To Apply: Applications for all programs can be uploaded on the CBFS website (see address below), complete with resume and three (3) references.   Questions can be directed to to JoAnne Getchonis - .   Undergraduate freshman, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Note that some positions may require a current valid driver’s license.  For more information on the Arnot or CBFS Program, check out our websites at  or