Meet the Mentors!
information session on monday, november 5 from 5:00-7:00 pm
in Mallinckrodt 302 on the Danforth Campus

Spend your summer immersed within
the Tyson research community

In this 11-week summer program, undergraduate students work elbow-to-elbow with faculty, post-doctoral scientist, staff scientist, and graduate student mentors on field-based research projects at Tyson Research Center.

First-time fellows typically have interest in ecological research but may not yet have the experience needed to conduct independent research projects. Advanced or returning undergraduate fellows often design and execute their own field-based ecological research under the guidance of a mentor.

Tyson provides daily shuttle transportation from the Washington University Danforth Campus and each fellow receives a stipend to assist with personal living expenses.


Find a Tyson mentor

(Updates to mentor profiles for summer 2019 are coming in early November)

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SOLNY adalsteinsson: Tick and Wildlife Ecology

We study infectious diseases - particularly those transmitted by ticks - from an ecological perspective. Our team focuses on addressing applied research questions about how human-impacts on the environment affect the interactions among ...

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Susan Flowers: Informal Science Education (Education Fellow)

Tyson education programs are designed to provide authentic environmental research career exploration for high school and undergraduate students. We facilitate the programs and provide the necessary supports for positive learning experiences ...


Suzanne Loui: science communication (humanities fellows)

Using skills developed through the humanities, such as critical thinking and writing, we will identify methods and processes for best communicating the research projects at Tyson Research Center ...

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Scott Mangan: Natural Enemies

Our current research is focused on understanding the ecological and evolutionary importance of plant-soil microbial dynamics. Using both field and more controlled mesocosm and greenhouse experiments at Tyson, we seek to understand the importance ...


Kim Medley: Mosquito Team

Our lab studies the ecology and evolution of mosquitoes and ticks as vectors of disease. We use a variety of tools to address basic and applied questions in both systems. Our projects include: 1) Investigating the role of controlled burns in multiple disease ...


Jonathan Myers: Forest Biodiversity Team

Our team explores patterns and causes of biodiversity at multiple scales, ranging from variation in the diversity of species’ traits to gradients in the assembly, diversity, and dynamics of ecological communities across the planet ...

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Rachel Penczykowski: Plant Disease

How does ecological context drive epidemiology and host-pathogen coevolution? This is a central question of disease ecology, and one that is critical for predicting and managing diseases of humans, wildlife, and plants. Our lab is addressing this ...


At Tyson we take you beyond data collection

An undergraduate colloquium on Thursday afternoons provides professional preparation activities including scientific communication practice, journal discussion, career panels, and research poster development. The weekly colloquium is followed by a research presentation from a visiting scientist and a potluck dinner for the Tyson scientific community.

After completion of the summer field season, all fellows are expected to present the results of their research at either the Washington University Undergraduate Research Symposium or another similar symposium at their own undergraduate institution.

Former fellows have presented their research at regional and national meetings and several projects have resulted in peer-reviewed publications. Many of our former fellows have entered graduate programs or careers in the environmental sciences.



Application information for Summer 2019

Although we prioritize providing research opportunities for Washington University students, outstanding students from other universities are very welcome to apply. We are particularly interested in increasing the racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity of our summer community.

You will be asked to provide contact information for three references. Please consult the profiles of Tyson Mentors above as you will be asked to indicate your preferences for placement. It is highly recommended that you contact preferred mentors prior to submission of your application.


  • Application will become available in December 2018.

  • Application deadline is February 1, 2019.

  • You may be contacted by a research team for an interview in February.

  • Notification of selection or wait list status will be emailed by March 8, 2019.

  • Mandatory start date is May 20, 2019.

  • 11-week program runs Monday, May 20 through Friday, August 2, 2019.

Questions may be directed to Susan Flowers or Kim Medley.

application deadline is February 1, 2019


Former undergraduate fellows

Support for Tyson Undergraduate Fellows is provided by NSF grants, HHMI funds, internal WashU fellowship and internship funds, Arts & Sciences, and Tyson Research Center.