Flathead Lake Bio Station Summer Session 2024

FLBS offers immersive summer courses for undergraduate and graduate students on the shores of Flathead Lake in Northwestern Montana. We are currently accepting applications for the summer 2024 academic session. Students may apply athttps://flbs.umt.edu/education.

We are accepting international students this year! To leave enough time for visa processes, please apply by the end of March.

Our classes (listed below) are an excellent complement to conventional campus-based or online learning. Syllabi are posted online.

June 17 – June 28 July 1 – July 12 July 15 – July 26 July 29 – August 9
BIOE 440Conservation Ecology (3 credits) BIOE 451 Landscape Ecology

(3 credits)

BIOE 416Alpine Ecology (3 credits) BIOE 458 Forest & Fire Ecology

(3 credits)

BIOE 400 Aquatic Microbial Ecology (3 credits) GPHY 474 UAV (Drones) Remote Sensing for Field Ecology (3 credits) BIOE 439Stream Ecology (3 credits) BIOE 453 Lake Ecology (3 credits)
BIOE 342 Field Ecology (5 credits)   BIOB 491 Ecology of Mountain Ice & Snow(3 credits)
BIOB 494 Seminars in Ecology (1 credit) BIOB 491 Evolution of Animal Behavior(5 credits)

Most students learn about our program from advisors, alumni, friends, or faculty. We ask for your help to: distribute the course schedule and website to students during advising sessions, announce this opportunity at staff meetings, circulate information to internal student mailing lists, and inform relevant student clubs.

Since 1899, Flathead Lake Biological Station of the University of Montana has offered immersive summer field ecology courses with aquatic and terrestrial focuses. Our summer academic program emphasizes experiential learning through direct field research methods and interactions with natural resource professionals.  Indeed, 2024 will be a special year for FLBS as we will be celebrating our 125th anniversary!

These rigorous courses reliably transfer to other colleges and universities. Students benefit from low student-faculty ratio, great facilities, a dedicated support staff, and lessons that engage with multidisciplinary research projects and applications. Courses take spectacular field outings and overnight trips throughout the Flathead Watershed including Glacier National Park. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships as, each year, a large number of applicants receive scholarships to help fund their enrolment at the Bio Station.

Please reach out to summersession@flbs.umt.edu  with any questions.

Explore Your Future: Reverse Networking Pizza Party

Scientist. Entrepreneur. Brewmaster. Explorer. Grab a slice with extraordinary alumni who have excelled as leaders and entrepreneurs in various fields of science!

Discover diverse career journeys, be inspired by success stories, and connect with successful alumni for potential mentorship, guidance, collaborations, and industry contacts at this structured networking event -no extraversion required!-. The members of the Science Alumni Advisory Board will introduce themselves, share their many skills and experience, and answer your questions about university/work/research/anything!

Date: Friday, March 1st

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Room 110, Upper Lounge, Student Union Building

Cost: Free, but registration is required

Limited space available, so secure your spot by registering now!

If you have any questions, please contact Valeria Bazan, Alumni Relations Officer, at sciencealum@uvic.ca

Lead the UVSS and get paid to make a difference

We’re looking for students from your faculty to run for paid positions on the UVSS Board of Directors!

Why You Should Run

  • Get Paid Up to $42,700: There are positions for varying commitment levels, from just a few hours a week to a full-time job—with compensation to match.
  • Professional Development: Gain real-world experience in governance, financial planning, and project management.
  • Networking: Connect with professionals, faculty, and fellow students in various disciplines.

How to Run

  1. Gather Support: Collect names and Vnumbers from 15 undergrad students who back your nomination.
  2. Submit Nomination: Submit your nomination form in by this Thursday, Feb 15 at 5:00pm.
  3. Campaign: Get your message out there!

Additional Resources

Contact Us

DM, email, or book a meeting

You’ve shown what you can do in the classroom, now’s your time to shine on a larger stage. Take the leap and run for the UVSS Board of Directors.

— UVSS Elections

Indigenous Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant in the UVic Centre for Forest Biology

Application Deadline February 15st 2024

Self-identified Indigenous students are invited to apply for an exciting opportunity to get research experience in plant science in the Centre for Forest Biology. One research position is available for an Indigenous student (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, or from outside Canada, e.g. North, Central, and South America, Pacific islands) currently registered at the University of
Victoria and studying for a Bachelor of Science. The position will involve field studies and/or lab studies (see projects below). Training to achieve Biosafety and WHMIS certification will also be provided. A cover letter highlighting Indigenous ancestry and any previous research experience is requested. The cover letter should also include a statement on why the applicant is
interested in a particular project and forest biology in general. No previous experience in biological lab or fieldwork is required. Please indicate your first and second choice for your summer project.

Projects currently available (Principal Investigator in brackets):
1. Douglas-fir resilience to an emerging fungal diseases (Jürgen Ehlting)
2. Growth and chemical analysis of greenhouse-grown transgenic poplar plants (Peter Constabel)
3. Evolution of wood formation in land plants (Jürgen Ehlting)
4. Studies of fungal biodiversity in Coastal Temperate Forest Ecosystems of Vancouver Island (Paul de la Bastide)

Alternative projects and arrangements, for example co-supervised projects, are possible. Please inquire with any Centre for Forest Biology faculty member to discuss options.

The assistantship is $10,000 dollars for full time work during the
summer term (typically 15 weeks), beginning early May 2024.

Please direct your inquiries or send a CV/resumé, your cover letter, and unofficial transcripts to the Director, Jürgen Ehlting at forbdirector@uvic.ca and copy forestbiology@uvic.ca. You can also ask questions about each project and how to apply to the principal investigator directly
(see Forest Biology website for contact info: https://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/forestbiology/people/members/index.php).

Arbutus Grove Nursery and the Centre for Forest Biology – Undergrad Project

Combined Work Experience and Undergraduate Research Project

Arbutus Grove Nursery offers a summer student position that entails a diverse range of seedling growing technician duties (see below for details). The summer work will include setting up an undergraduate research project aimed to better understand the effect of nursery practises on fall root growth physiology of conifer seedlings. This research project will lead to a supervised research project course at UVic, such as an Honours Project (BIOL 499A/B) or a Directed Studies in Forest Biology (BIOL490J). The research project at UVic will be co- supervised by Drs. Jürgen Ehlting and Barbara Hawkins.

Forest Seedling Growing Technician

(May to Aug. 2023, 40 hours per week, $20,99 per hour)

This summer student position at Arbutus Grove Nursery (AGN) is a hands-on role in our nursery producing tree seedlings for reforestation. You will primarily perform the role of an entry level Growing Technician where you gain an understanding of the seedling growing process. 10% of your time will be dedicated to a seedling research project to be continued as a Directed Study or Honours project in the fall. Also suitable for a Co-op placement.

Undergraduate Research Project

(Starting in Sep. 2024, for credit towards BIOL490J or BIOL499A/B)

Root Growth of Fall Plant Forest Seedlings in Relation to Growth Hardening Regimes

Fall planting on the B.C. coast has been ongoing for decades, but the relationship between fall root growth and previous nursery practices has not been studied in any detail. To investigate the relationship between root growth and the seedling hardening regime, coastal Douglas-fir seedlings grown under various regimes over the summer will be grown under favourable conditions in the fall. Seedlings will be assessed for root potential and plant physiological parameters such as frost hardiness and dormancy.

More information: www.uvic.ca/research/centres/forestbiology/opportunities

  • We accept applications until the end of February 2024 or until the position is
  • For information on the summer position contact Steven Kiiskila at skiiskila@arbutusgrove.com
  • For information on the academic research component, contact Jürgen Ehlting je@uvic.ca or Barbara Hawkins at bhawkins@uvic.ca

UVic Libraries: “on the Verge” student writing and spoken word contest

Tell us your stories on the theme of equity, diversity, and human rights. Enter this year’s “on the Verge” writing and spoken word contest that showcases and celebrates emerging UVic student voices. Submissions can touch upon any and/or all of these topics and is meant to be as inclusive as possible.

Four categories: fiction, non-fiction, spoken word, and poetry. $1,600 in cash prizes. Deadline: Feb 16, 2024.

This year’s judge is Thembie Moyo, writer, and playwright of “It’s Just Black Hair.”

The contest is co-sponsored by UVic Libraries and Equity and Human Rights (EQHR) with significant support from other units on campus.

Learn more:  https://www.uvic.ca/library/about/awards-contests/vergecontest/index.php

Invitation to Participate in a Research Study

Study Title: Friendships and Dating


The purpose of this research project is to examine experiences with friendships and dating preferences. Research of this type is important because it provides us with a deeper understanding of peoples’ dating preferences. In the study, you will answer questions about who your close friends are, what your dating preferences are, and a few demographic questions. The study typically takes 5 to 10 minutes on average to complete.

Participant Eligibility:

  • Fluent in English
  • Aged 17 years or older
  • Currently an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria


While there is no compensation for participating in this study, there are several other benefits to your participation. Some benefits are listed below:

  1. Participants may feel increased satisfaction that they are contributing to our understanding of societal issues with the goal of improving intergroup relations.
  2. Participants will have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and knowledge of the process of conducting research.
  3. Participants may gain insight into their own attitudes towards interactions between individuals and factors that influence their attitudes and behaviours.

    If you have any questions or require additional information about the study, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Maria Iankilevitch at mariaiankilevitch@uvic.ca or Amrit Tatla at amrittatla.honours@uvic.ca.

SIN Clinic – January 9, 2024

The International Centre for Students will be offering a SIN Application Clinic next Tuesday, on January 9th 2024 from 9:30am-1pm. We will have representatives from Service Canada assisting students apply and get their SIN on the spot. We will also have a representative from CRA who will share information about tax declaration and benefits available to students.

This event will be open to all new international students and will be in a drop-in style. Student who register for the event, will receive an email reminder the day before, but please note that the registration does not secure a spot. We ask that students bring their original documentation with them, which is listed on the event’s registration page.

Event Info and Registration: Social Insurance Number (SIN) Application Clinic Drop-In

Location: B104 Welcome Centre (presentation room) at the Jamie Cassels Centre (JCC)

Date: Thursday, January 9th, 2024

Time: from 9:30am – 1:00pm (PT)

Students are welcome to email icsinfo@uvic.ca if they have questions or consult our Getting a Social Insurance Number page.

Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) awards

We are excited to announce that the CSEE 2024 Awards cycle has opened! All awards are due 1 February 2024. You can learn more about our awards on newly launched website, which you can access here: https://csee-scee.ca/awards/students-grants-awards/. This year we are offering:

  1. Undergraduate Travel Bursary
  2. Conference Presentation Awards
  3. CSEE Excellence in Doctoral Research Award

We are also happy to announce that we will continue with our pilot CSEE Twitter feature into 2024! If you are interested in having your research featured on the CSEE Student Twitter for a week, please contact the CSEE student and postdoctoral councilors (cseestudent@gmail.com). Our first feature was Ferne Kotlyar, a PhD student at the University of Toronto. You can see one of their posts here.

Upcoming prizes in the Libraries

Research Help Survey (5 x $20 OneCard credit)

Students who attend a Research Help appointment with a librarian will be sent a survey to provide feedback on their experience. Survey respondents will be entered to win one of five $20 OneCard credits.


Deadline: November 24, 2023

Podcast contest (2 x $500 cash prize)

The student podcast contest is intended to recognize and celebrate high-quality work being created by UVic students in the world of podcasting. Students of all disciplines and faculties may post one episode of up to 90 minutes in length. Two podcasts will win a $500 cash prize.


Submissions due: December 1, 2023

On the Verge Spoken Word and Writing contest (4 x $250 first prizes, 4 x $150 second prizes)

On the Verge writing and spoken word contest showcases and celebrates emerging UVic student voices under an annual theme of equity, diversity, and human rights. Students can submit pieces in one of four categories: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and spoken word. A first and a second prize will be awarded for each category, and winning submissions will be published in UVicSpace.


Submissions due: February 16, 2024