Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

The Program (June 8 – August 14, 2015)

Fordham University's Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station, through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, is offering paid research opportunities ($5000/10 weeks) for undergraduate students to gain research experience in a variety of biological field studies:

  • Students work closely with staff ecologists at the LCC and have access to study sites at the station and nearby ecosystems.
  • Students work in state-of-the-art labs, learn new laboratory techniques
  • Students study organisms and communities outdoors
  • Students will learn the fundamentals of experimental design, use of the scientific literature, data collection and analysis, and oral presentation
  • Students attend short courses on conducting ecological field studies
  • Free housing and travel funds

The Calder Center has supported undergraduate and graduate student research since 1967. Our mission has been to offer students hands-on experience and training in a wide variety of studies:
  • Forest ecology
  • Limnology
  • Wildlife ecology
  • Microbial ecology
  • Vector ecology
  • Plant ecology
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Conservation and the effects of urbanization on ecosystem processes.

Our station is located near Armonk, NY, in a hilly, wooded region of northern Westchester County, about 25 miles north of the Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus (Bronx, NY). We are within a 10-minute drive from Westchester County Airport, which is serviced by several major airlines, including American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, and United.

Many important ecosystems and outdoor opportunities are found within less than a day's drive from the station, including: 
Adirondack State Park 
Bear Mountain State Park 
Black RockForest 
Catskills Mountains 
Finger Lakes National Forest 
Fire Island National Seashore 
Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (HERR) 
Harriman State Park, Long Island Sound 
Mianus River Gorge 
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge 
Sterling Forest 
The Appalachian Trail 

Several major scientific institutions are nearby, including:
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
New York Botanical Garden
The Bronx Zoo

Selection Process
Successful CSUR candidates will be matched with staff scientists with similar research interests, based on the topics listed in our application. This year we anticipate that we will offer up to ten (10) awards to qualified undergraduates interested in conducting independent research for 10 weeks during the summer (June 8 – August 14, 2015) in one of the areas of focus. Application deadline is February 2, 2015.  Decisions will be made and students contacted by March 16, 2015.

Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions, and do not intend to graduate on or before May 31, 2015.

Student Research
All CSUR-REU students will participate in an intensive research program.  Examples of recent undergraduate student projects can be found here:
Research Projects by CSUR-REU Students in 2013
Research Projects by CSUR-REU Students in 2012
Research Projects by CSUR-REU Students in 2011

Research Areas of Mentors

J. Alan Clark, Assistant Professor – Behavioral ecology of birds
Thomas J. Daniels, Associate Research Scientist – Vector ecology, Lyme disease
Richard C. Falco, Associate Research Scientist – Medical entomology, West Nile Virus ecology
Steven Franks, Assistant Professor - Evolutionary ecology of plants and invasive species
Evon Hekkala, Assistant Professor - Ecological genetics, biogeographic and anthropogenic effects
James D. Lewis, Professor - Plant ecology, ecologyof forest canopies
Jason Munshi-South - Animal behavior, population genetics, urban ecology
Sergio-Orestis Kolokotronics - Molecular evolution of endangered species and pathogens
John D. Wehr, Professor & Director - Freshwater ecology, phycology

Complete an electronic application (WORD file) and email it to It is strongly preferred that applications be sent electronically. If unable to do so, please mail the application to the address provided on the PDF file.
Applications from under-represented minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply. Further information about the station is available on the web site:

We can also be reached by:
Phone: 914-273-3078, ext. 10 (business office)
Fax: 914-273-2167

You can also write us at:
CSUR-REU Program
Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station, Fordham University
P.O. Box 887
Armonk, NY 10504

The CSUR program is supported in part by Fordham University and the National Science Foundation.
The Louis Calder Center - Biological Stationis a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.

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