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Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning Opportunities

Paid and Unpaid Undergraduate Research Opportunities

SDSU Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Oak Lake Field Station

Application Deadline: May 1st each year

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Application Deadline: not available yet but last year's deadline was April 20, 2020.

RMEF Webpage

Available Awards

Wildlife Leadership Awards (WLA) include a $5,000 scholarship and one-year RMEF membership.


College juniors and seniors chosen for their leadership ability, dedication to wildlife conservation and scholastic achievements.


Download the RMEF application.

C.A. Taylor Herbarium


Herbarium Webpage

Paid and unpaid opportunities.


Dr. Maribeth Latvis - Herbarium Director

Native Plant Initiative

Native Plant

NPI Webpage


Paid and unpaid opportunities.




Dr. Lora Perkins - NPI Lead Faculty



(“REU”-like experience with the Consortium of Plant Invasion Genomics)

CREU Webpage

  • each research hub will recruit 2 students.
  • SDState represents one of the major research hubs.
  • will provide $4000 stipend, $2000 lodging, $1000 research allowance, and professional mentoring and training.


REU-Plants Webpage

Interdisciplinary research in plant sciences linking genomes-phonomes-landscapes.


Dr. Lan Xu - mentor

Dr. Maribeth Latvis - mentor

Dr. Lora Perkins - co-mentor for a student on a seedling project.

This website will be updated soon with individual project descriptions, but we’d like to start recruiting!

Off-Campus Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Provides internships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical/biological sciences to work on a research project that entails exposure to the latest biochemical, molecular and analytical techniques in a given field.
  • Pathways Program: Offers federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree.
  • National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (NSF REU programs)
    • Nationwide program with opportunities in many disciplines and locations throughout the USA.
    • With your mentor, you design a research project by preparing both a written and oral research proposal, conduct experiments and gather data, presenting a poster and/or giving a presentation on your research at the completion of the program.
    • Provide: All travel and expenses while in the program and also a stipend of  ~ $5,000 depending on the program.
    • For Students
    • Search for an REU Site
    • REU Sites: Biological Sciences
  • Student Conservation Association: Has internships in wide-ranging fields and locations. (Paid Internships)


How to Apply

  • Good GPA (3.5 or better but if over a 3.0, you never know, until you try)
  • Resume - including academic and research experience
  • Statement of interest
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Letters of recommendation – ask if your references can provide you with a “strong” reference!