We offer a range of opportunities for undergraduates at KBS during the summer, including:
- KBS/MSU Summer Courses
- Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships (URA)
- NSF funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
- KBS Internships
KBS summer undergraduates have the opportunity to live at KBS and gain a full summer of experiences and new friendships at beautiful Gull Lake.
Check out what some of our undergrads had to say about their summer experience at KBS:
- Olivia Porth, URA, MSU Human Biology
- Carlneshia Johnson, REU, Alcorn State U.
- Andrew Konieczny, REU, Augsburg College
For questions about the undergraduate programs please e-mail KBSsummer@kbs.msu.edu.
KBS offers several field-based summer courses in Plant Biology (PLB), Integrative Biology (IBIO), Entomology (ENT), Fisheries & Wildlife (FW), Statisitics (STT). See the KBS Summer Courses webpage for the current course offerings and additional information.
Housing scholarships are awarded to students in order to help defray the cost of living at KBS while taking a course.
Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship – for MSU students
Wondering if a career in research is the right choice for you? The KBS URA Program features mentored research apprenticeships that are part to full-time (20+ hrs/week) depending on your KBS course schedule over the entire summer.
To supplement the student learning experience, URA students are required to enroll in at least one (1) KBS (MSU) summer course. URAs are responsible for covering their MSU tuition for the course(s) taken. All URA positions offer a paid stipend ($2,500), plus FREE room and board at KBS.
Early-career students from Michigan State University and BEACON partner schools receive priority to participate in this program. See the KBS URA webpage for more details.
KBS Internships - for MSU students
KBS offers a variety of paid internship opportunities that provide excellent hands-on professional experience, and preparation for students poised to enter the work force. Our internships are part to full-time (depending on your KBS course schedule) and span many fields, from animal care to communications.
To supplement the internship learning experience, students are required to enroll in at least one (1) KBS (MSU) summer course. Interns are responsible for covering their MSU tuition for the course(s) taken. All intern positions offer a paid stipend ($2,500), plus FREE room and board at KBS. See the KBS Internship webpage for more details.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program - for non-MSU students
KBS faculty, post-docs, and graduate students are passionate about involving undergraduates in their research! NSF funded REU positions give undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct full-time research over the entire summer under the guidance of an experienced mentor.
All REU positions offer a generous stipend, FREE room and board at KBS, partial coverage of transportation costs, and access to research funds.
We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups in the sciences, first-generation college students, students that attend colleges with no/limited research opportunities, and US military veterans. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with undergraduate status to participate in the REU program. See the KBS REU webpage for more details.