Oklahoma State University REU Site:

Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior


The goal of this program is to provide 10 undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on research experience focused on the biological basis of human or animal behavior. Students will be trained in the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, design and conduct research studies involving either animal or human subjects.  Students will also be trained in the responsible conduct of research. Students will be mentored by full-time, Ph.D.-level faculty members who are tenured/tenure-track faculty with strong programs of research.† Students selected for the program will be expected to devote at least 40 hours a week for research; thus, it is NOT possible to be enrolled in courses or other activities during the program.


Program dates: May 28, 2016-July 23, 2016

Application deadline: March 4, 2016 by 5 p.m.



To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.  You must be an undergraduate through December 2016 (i.e., not receive your bachelorís degree before December 2016). 



Each student will reside in a campus dormitory (at no cost to the student) and receive $500 per week to cover food and other living expenses.  Students will receive a $500 travel stipend to pay for their travel to and from campus and a $500 additional stipend, if students present research at an academic conference.


To Apply, please complete the online application.† Please note that in the online application, you will be asked to submit the following information.

1) the names and contact information for two professors who can serve as references for you; your references will be contacted ONLY if you are selected to receive an invitation to the program.

2) information about your past research experience (500 words or less) and

3) a personal statement about why you are a good fit for the program (500 words or less)

4) three preferred mentors listed in ranked order; the mentor list is at the bottom of this page


To enter the online application [Click Here].

If you are considered as one of the top candidates for the program, you will be also asked to submit an unofficial transcript by email. 

Available Mentors for Summer 2016


Biological Basis of Animal Behavior                 

Stephen Clarke, Ph.D.

Polly Campbell, Ph.D.

Sarah DuRant, Ph.D.

Jennifer Grindstaff, Ph.D.    

Barney Luttbeg, Ph.D.   

Mary Towner, Ph.D.                                                                       


Biological Basis of Human Behavior

Jennifer Byrd-Craven, Ph.D.

DeMond Grant, Ph.D.

Ramesh Kaipa, Ph.D.

Shelia Kennison, Ph.D.

Aaron Lukaszewski, Ph.D.








This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. SMA 1063091 and Grant No. SMA 1358847.† Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.