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Research Training at Cedar Creek

Interested in developing your skills as a mentor and sharing your research experience with motivated undergraduate students?


Become a Cedar Creek Graduate or Postdoctoral Fellow!


Beginning in January each year, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR) accepts applications for our summer Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships. These fellowships provide partial summer support for graduate students or postdoctoral researchers who are conducting research at Cedar Creek and who would like to mentor undergraduate student researchers.

Applications are invited from Cedar Creek graduate student and postdoctoral researchers. Funding is available for up to six summer fellowships supported at 10 hours per week. Fellowships are typically paid as a stipend, in addition to other sources of support. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to spend a considerable amount of time on-site at Cedar Creek because this helps build our research community.

Together, the team of fellows will:

  • mentor undergraduate interns pursuing independent research projects throughout the summer;
  • organize a research symposium in June in which faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students present results from their ongoing studies at Cedar Creek;
  • organize a weekly seminar series;
  • offer weekly workshops that provide formal training on research proposal writing, reading journal articles, data analysis, and research presentations; and
  • organize a research symposium in August in which undergraduate student researchers present the findings of their independent research projects.

Apply by February 15 by completing the survey and uploading your CV here. Decisions will be made in March. Direct questions to Forest Isbell:


Past Cedar Creek Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows

Summer 2019

  • Michael McMahon, Coordinate Research Proposals and Mentors
  • Janine Mistrick, Intern Research Symposium
  • Cristy Portales Reyes, Workshop Series
  • Craig See, Cedar Creek Research Symposium
  • Megan Wilcots, Seminar Speakers
  • Max Zaret, Cedar Creek Research Symposium


Summer 2018

  • Selim Engin, Cedar Creek Research Symposium
  • Mayank Kohli, Workshop Series
  • Shan Kothari, Seminar Series
  • Cristy Portales Reyes, Cedar Creek Research Symposium
  • Nikolaos Stefas, Coordinate Research Proposals and Mentors
  • Amy Waananen, Intern Research Symposium


Summer 2017

  • George Furey, Seminar Series and Program Development
  • Kaitlin Kimmel, Cedar Creek Research Symposium
  • Shan Kothari, Cedar Creek Research Symposium
  • Craig See, Intern Research Symposium
  • Cristy Portales Reyes, Workshop Series
  • Seth Thompson, Coordinate Research Proposals and Mentors


Summer 2016

  • George Furey, Graduate Fellow Program Development
  • Siddharth Iyengar, Seminar Series
  • Kaitlin Kimmel, Intern Research Symposium
  • Shan Kothari, Workshop Series
  • Cristy Portales Reyes, Cedar Creek Research Symposium
  • Yi Yang, Cedar Creek Research Symposium


Summer 2015

  • Clare Kazanski, Cedar Creek Research Symposium
  • Cristy Portales Reyes, Cedar Creek Research Symposium
  • Xiaojing Wei, Workshop Series
  • Leslie Forero, Seminar Series and Intern Research Symposium
  • Yi Yang, Intern Research Reading Group and Intern Research Symposium