The Moen lab summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a National Science Foundation funded program whose goal is to train undergraduates in basic scientific research and to increase the diversity of scientists pursuing evolutionary biology. Summer REU projects will also directly contribute to a broader funded project through data collection related to the project’s research goals.

As part of the program, you will be trained to conduct scientific research and mentored in advancing your scientific career. Successful projects may lead to future research opportunities in the Moen lab and possibly publication of a manuscript. You will also receive a $3,600 stipend.

Description of the program
The program runs for 8 weeks, from 1 June – 24 July 2020. Students will work with a post-doctoral research mentor to choose a project, collect and analyze data, and present the results of the project at the end of the summer. Students will also have the opportunity to see the Oklahoma State University Collection of Vertebrates and visit the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History and talk to museum staff about collections-based research and careers.

Research projects will focus on the evolution, morphology, and mechanics of movement of anurans (frogs and toads). Potential subjects include:

(1) The relationship of body form and function
(2) Evolutionary biomechanics
(3) Macroevolution of ecology, morphology, and biogeography

Who is elegible to apply?
Undergraduate students majoring in biology, or biology-related discipline are eligible to apply. You must be a current student who will enroll in classes in the semester following the REU program. Previous research experience is desired, but not strictly necessary. Students from historically underrepresented groups in the STEM-related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

How can you apply?
Applications include four parts: a general form, an essay, a transcript, and contact information for a reference. Applications are due on 1 March. Selection of awardees will be made in the following two weeks. Detailed application instructions are found here.

For more information
Please contact either principal investigator Dr. Daniel Moen at or post-doc Gen Morinaga at