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Summer Research Opportunity

Gain valuable ecological research experience while helping UIUC reach sustainability goals

The Yannarell and Harmon-Threatt labs at UIUC seek applicants for a 10-week summer research opportunity (June 6-August 12, 2022). Students will receive a $6000 stipend while working to understand bee, plant, and soil conservation at Phillips Tract, a UIUC-owned natural area 15 minutes from campus. A 13-acre site was restored to native prairie in 2018, and we seek motivated students to help collect data relevant to the project and conduct independent research. Data collected will help understand how conversion to native prairie benefits campus sustainability goals for biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration.

Required Characteristics:

  • United states citizens or permanent residents (eligible to work in the US)
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate program for fall of 2022 at UIUC. Students who have received their bachelor’s degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are not eligible to participate
  • A strong interest in ecology, restoration, and conservation
  • No allergies or serious aversions to bee stings
  • Ability to work in warm weather for many hours
  • Ability to participate in a mid SP 22 reading group beginning the week of April 4th for 1-2 hours

Preferred Characteristics:

  • Valid driver’s license and car
  • Lab research experience
  • Field Research Experience
  • Ecology and/or Soils (IB 203, NRES 201, NRES 219)
  • Experience in entomology


Applications are due by February 2nd  at midnight and should include:

  • Cover letter detailing any relevant experience, interest in the position, and future professional goals
  • CV/resume
  • Transcript (unofficial is ok)
  • Contact information for 3 references

For questions and to submit applications please email Virginia Roberts

Potential grad student and post-doc applicants

We are always excited to welcome motivated undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral researchers into the lab. However, Dr. Harmon-Threatt will be on sabbatical during the 2022-2023 school year, and will thus not be accepting students until after her return.