REU in conservation science at Zoo Miami

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FIU students at zoo REU
Photo courtesy Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami, the Zoo Miami Foundation and Florida International University will offer a Research Experience for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation beginning in Summer 2021.  In this 10-week summer program, students will conduct independent research in conservation science under the mentorship of the conservation biologists, wildlife veterinarians, and education researchers at Zoo Miami and FIU.

Students in this program will have a guided introduction to how to conduct research:

  • How to design a research project.
  • How to collect, manage and analyze data.
  • How to produce formal research presentations.
  • How to produce formal research papers.

Unlike any other REU program, students will have the unique experience of conducting research within a zoo environment, with unparalleled access to endangered species and conservationists working to protect them.  This program is highly interdisciplinary, with research topics ranging from field ecology, reproductive physiology, disease biology and conservation education.  What links these projects is that they help advance conservation by leveraging the unique resources of a modern zoo.

REU students will receive:

  • Weekly stipend ($600/week)
  • Paid summer housing (at FIU University Towers Dorms)
  • Food allowance ($100/week)
  • Travel costs to and from Miami

This program is suited for students with a background in biology, environmental science or education. Students should have a passion for conservation and an enthusiasm for working with diverse teams of conservation practitioners.


  • Students enrolled in college (including 4-year and community colleges) anywhere in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
  • Students from minorities underrepresented in science and students from universities with limited research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Students must be available for the entire 10 weeks of the program.

View the Zoo Miami website to find out more about the REU and how to apply.

Applications Close: Feb. 2.