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International Research Experience for Students – IRES

The goals of this three-year National Science Foundation grant are to train students in conservation biology and ecology, and to increase the diversity of students doing environmental science research.  The focus is on the critically endangered Bahama Oriole, which is restricted to Andros Island in The Bahamas.  The project is led by Dr. Kevin Omland (BIOL) along with Dr. Colin Studds (GES) and Dr. Matt Fagan (GES), with support from Dr. Jane Lincove (Public Policy).

Cohorts of five undergraduate students will travel to the Bahamas for five weeks (May 23-June 27, 2020).  Students will return to UMBC for five weeks of data analysis, presentations and writing (July 6-Aug 7, 2019). There will be a generous stipend and all travel and living expenses will be covered in The Bahamas.

Students with interests in ecology, conservation, remote sensing, animal behavior, population genetics, and other environmental sciences should apply.  This includes students from the GES and Biology departments, but students from any major are encouraged to apply.  For example we need students with any number of skills, including writing, statistics, coding, photography, outdoor skills, etc.

Applications for the 2020 field season will be due around Feb. 1 to Dr. Omland:  1) 1-2 pg. resume, 2) unofficial transcript, 3) list of 2-3 references, and 4) 2 page application form.  Applications for the 2021 field season will be due around February 1 of each year.  Check back or email for details.

2019 IRES Field Season Slideshow


Click here for an example application