Application Guidelines

Deadline: EXTENDED!

Rolling admission; Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled starting in December, 2017. Have your application submitted by February, 28th at 11:59:59 PM to be considered for the next round of review.


  • You must be enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate college or university and must be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
  • We prefer applicants that are currently sophomores or juniors. This summer experience is most effective for students with at least two years of biology, ecology, or environmental science coursework.
  • You must complete all components of the application as described below

Online Application Guidelines You will not be able to submit the application without these components. Before you begin the online application be sure you have the following information on hand:

  1. Your past and present University/College contact information
  2. A list of your relevant coursework in Biology, Ecology, and Environmental science, and course grades
  3. The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two (2) individuals whom you have asked to write recommendation letters.
  4. A list of previous research experience, pertinent employment history, and other special qualifications. This should be in the form of a resume or CV.
  5. personal statement explaining your interest in ecological research, your current career plans and how participating in the Miami University REU program could help you in your degree program and your future pursuits. Be as specific as possible*.
  6. An unofficial/official transcript (electronic or paper) from any college or university you have attended.
*Keep these criteria in mind when writing your personal statement. The Miami University Ecology REU program is looking for students: 
    • with an interest in ecological/environmental research
    • for whom an independent research experience would play a pivotal role in choosing and successfully pursuing graduate school and/or a career
    • who do not have similar opportunities though their home institutions
    • who have the academic training and personal qualities needed to succeed in an independent research program such as ours. 
Contact with any questions or concerns

PLEASE NOTE: Our e-mail account has been experiencing problems. Please send your enquiries directly to the program coordinator, Patrick Garrett, at the above address.


We will notify you when we have received your application materials and when your application is complete. Please allow at least two weeks for us to process your application and for your transcripts to arrive. Thank you for your patience while we process application materials.

Students will be notified of acceptance between February - May. Students will have two weeks to accept or decline an offer.

Contact Information:

Dr. Ann Rypstra, Program Director
Department of Biology
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio 45056
Phone: (513) 529-3176 or (513) 785-3238