SMURF Internship Program
Small Mammal Undergrad Research in the Forest (SMURF) is an undergraduate internship program that trains students in small mammal (rodent) trapping, handling, and data collection techniques. Our year-long independent research program is targeted towards students interested in conducting their own research project with small mammals. More information about this year-long course can be found here.
This summer, SMURF will be offering a 2-unit course to students interested in gaining experience working with small mammals and conducting field-based research. The SMURF summer course is an introduction to the natural history of local small mammals and introduces interns to field-based research working with small mammals (rodents). Interns will meet once a week for classroom instruction and participate in two field trapping sessions during the summer. Small mammal trapping will consist of 3 consecutive-day small mammal trapping sessions at the UCSC Forest Research Ecology Plot (FERP) and Fort Ord National Monument. This internship is perfect for undergraduates interested in field-based research and gaining skills for working with rodents. Interested students may also have the opportunity to conduct independent research through the SMURF year-long independent research program.
Internship credit is available for both ENVS and EEB departments. To apply to either the year-long independent research program and/or the summer course, please fill out this application and email it to Tina Cheng (firstname.lastname@example.org).