Since 1995, the California Academy of Sciences’ Summer Systematics Institute (SSI), with support from NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program and the Academy’s Robert T. Wallace endowment, has addressed critical topics including; worldwide threats to biodiversity, the origins and diversification of life, phylogenetic systematics, and evolutionary biology.
SSI is a nine-week paid research internship at our state-of-the-art research facility and museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. This world-renowned venue offers undergraduates important insights into the contributions that museum-based research can make to issues facing society today by providing them the opportunity to do museum-based research for the summer. The program accommodates up to 10 undergraduate students. This internship is made possible by the National Science Foundation and the Robert T. Wallace Endowment for undergraduate education.
Deadline: February 1, 2021. Applications received after midnight on February 1, 2021, will not be reviewed.
Duration & Location
The Summer Systematics Institute is a full-time program (40 hours/week) for nine weeks, from June 1 through July 30, 2021. The first week of the program will be spent at Pepperwood Preserve and the Bodega Marine Lab, with the remainder of the time spent in San Francisco at the California Academy of Sciences.
Any U.S. citizen or resident alien (green card) who is an undergraduate student, and who will not have graduated before fall of 2021, is welcome to apply. That is, you must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of the internship.
Housing & Stipend
A $5,400 ($600/week) stipend will be awarded to each intern. Travel to and from San Francisco will be provided. Housing will be provided in dormitories in San Francisco (within walking distance and easy public transportation to the Academy), with details to be provided upon the selection of interns. Personal stipends may be subject to federal and/or state income taxes.